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I'll start out by saying that I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The characters are wonderful, funny and even relatable--especially the main character, James. As I read the book, I could easily see myself in his shoes. I'm only a couple years older than him and still looking for my first job out of college but like him I'm new to the workforce. And also like him I'm still trying to figure out things that I want in life and trying to decide how to get them. The other characters were also great. Amy is the women I would love to meet one day, she's sweet, she's funny and her and James make a great couple. Their chance meeting on the plane at the beginning to me proves that love CAN happen when you least expect it. James's associate/mentor, Deacon is a funny character as well and although at times he did get a little annoying he was still a hoot. One thing that really sticks with me after reading this book and I know I'm echoing other reviewers is that throughout the book other characters gave James advice about getting what he wants out of life.Read more ›
The characters in this book were easy to connect to and likeable. I found myself interested in hearing more about James' past (i.e. his parents' death, Liz) but I know that the book was mainly supposed to highlight the relationship between James and Amy. I found Amy harder to connect to than James because there is little to no background on her in the book. That is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just that I would have liked to have heard more about her. I just loved Claire and Phil and how they welcomed James into their home. I just can't say enough about how I loved the characters in this book.
The writing was great, the plot was great, and I loved that this book was based in Chicago. Chicago is my hometown so I loved knowing where the characters were (I also loved the Blackhawks shout-out. Go Hawks!). The way Chicago winter is portrayed is definitely correct.
Overall I enjoyed the book and was satisfied with the ending. It is a relatively short book but that doesn't mean that it is lacking in substance. I plan on sharing this with my friends.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was pleasantly surprised by the endearing lead character. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Rich Walls has great insights on life and relationships for someone in his twenties. An entertaining, quick and fulfilling read.Published on May 21, 2013 by Donna W
This is a book about taking chances. You just never know what is going to happen if you take a risk. Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by muddyboy1
It lacks the over dramatics and grandstanding of many love stories. While one reviewer seems to have found it dull-I find it relatable. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Lauren Lucarini
Standby Chicago was the first book I've read that I think honestly captures the in-between-ness of being a 25-year-old college graduate in today's environment. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by McQ
Great read ! Loved it. I brought this book on vacation and couldn't put it down; stayed awake until 3 am the last night to finally learn the ending. Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Matt from Cranston
A well-written, character driven story about a young man's journey and the lessons he learns on life during his travel. Was a quick read for a long weekend and very entertaining.Published on April 9, 2012 by James
fairly good first novel ... just needs to learn the difference between "breaks" and "brakes" and which ones stop a car ... a Villanova graduate should know thisPublished on March 29, 2012 by lblackert
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