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Having said all that, there were parts of the book I did like. I enjoyed the emails between Molly and Ezra, and their banter when we did get to read their dialogue. I also really liked what Ezra said to Molly about Jasmine from Aladdin after Ezra watched the movie. That made me smile.
There's a reason Ms. Higginson is one of my favourite authors of all time. While there may be elements here and there that don't always jibe with me personally, I ALWAYS get a story where I fall in love with the unique and VERY REAL characters, and where I spend an inordinate amount of time smiling unexpectedly, truly laughing out loud (usually accompanied by snorts), and swooning left, right and center. And isn't it weird how you forget all about that enchantment in between your favourite author's releases? Like, you convince yourself that they're not as good as you remember, or you've blown the memory out of proportion. And then you get a few paragraphs in and it's like coming home to an old friend. THAT is what this book was for me. I totally get that I *just* read The Opposite of You a mere 4 months ago, but from that first snort of laughter, I'm right back where I want to be. And where I want to be is in Molly's head.
I have wholeheartedly admitted in the past that my heart generally lies in dual POV books, so it always amuses the crap out of me that one of my favourite authors writes almost exclusively in single POV. But again (because I feel like I'm repeating myself from my review of TOOY), she manages to convey so much through the heroine's story, that I don't even feel that gypped. I'm still absolutely able to fall in love with the hero too, even without being in his head (though I would never sneeze at a bonus POV scene, *hint hint*).
Molly is exactly as hilarious and sassy and snarky as I expected her to be, but she's also so much more. Honestly, I really connected to her because I feel like she is a soul sister. She's a bit shyer, outside of her inner circle she prefers to blend into the background, she loathes confrontation, and she has a hell of a case of imposter's syndrome (which my hubby constantly tells me I have). And you know what? I wanted to high five her for each of those characteristics, because she really felt like me. I know strong forceful heroines are all the rage, but there is also something to love about a girl who has moments of meekness and insecurity. And I really loved the glimpse we got into her family, and how her upbringing influenced her in so many ways. It made it so that at parts where I was cringing for her decisions, I also got how she got there. You know?
Molly's story has so many elements, and not all of them were easy to read. Particularly the sexual harassment she endures at work. It's so easy as a reader to be able to see what's going on, but it's SOOOO much harder to deal with it in real life when you're faced with consequences and uncertainty when it involves your livelihood. I had a REALLY hard time with that part, I wanted to scream at Molly so many times and it all made me feel very uncomfortable. But at the same time I felt like it was really brave of Ms. Higginson to confront this issue, and shine a light on how complicated it is...and have Molly NOT make the black and white decisions. It made the situation more REAL you know?
And then there's the romance, which was a slam dunk for me. I absolutely loved that Ezra managed to bring out a completely different side to Molly. Their courtship made me laugh, it made me swoon, and it tugged at my heartstrings. It was seriously just so odd you guys, but I was in love practically from the first e-mail. I wasn't sure what I was going to think of Ezra, b/c he's kind of hard to pin down...but I thought Molly got to the heart of him, and we got to see what made him tick, and why he appears the way he does. And their chemistry was amazing. My only niggle is that I'm not huge on the flip-flop, and Molly did have a bit of that. That would be what caused the half star loss for me.
Of course the secondary characters were beyond amazing. My heart was so happy with the reappearance of all my favourites (Vera, Killian, Wyatt, and Vann), and I totally fell in love with Ezra's half-sister Dillon as well. Their addition just takes a great story and levels it up. I tried petitioning for a certain pairing, but apparently I got the matches wrong. To say I'm excited for more from this crew is an understatement.
And there you have it. Essentially a fangirl review. What are you gonna do? We all have our favourite authors for a reason, and I'm a sucker for Ms. Higginson's characters, and she writes banter that has my highlight finger going crazy. It's as simple as that.
However, there were a few things, small things, that really threw me off, and pulled me out of the story enough to give me pause on the review. There is a lot of strikethrough in this story. For example, Molly would be describing Ezra as so hot (strikethrough so hot) annoying. I don’t understand why the author made this stylistic decision. It’s fine once or twice in a whole book maybe, but in some chapters it happens 5 or 6 times. It was frustrating to me that the author wasn’t able to find a better way to show that Molly is lying to herself. Because that is basically what is happening with every strikethrough. This isn’t a diary, so a strikethrough seemed out of place and distracting. I was also constantly thinking about how this would translate into an audiobook.
There were also a few instances of being treated as an idiot by the author. For example: “”Holding back a sigh, I said “Of course she is.” That’s Alfa Ro-may-oh for those of you reading it like Romeo and Juliet. Because this isn’t that kind of story, yo”. Pump the breaks. There are dozens of better ways to guide the reader on how to pronounce Alfa Romeo other than resorting to condescension (Hermo-ninny comes to mind). I’ve never been offended by a book before, and this got me pretty close.
Molly also received a box of French pastries from Ezra, which included croissants, petit fours and macaroons. With two O’s. A French macaron and a coconut macaroon are two completely different things. It’s an editing mistake, and a lot of these petty complaints could have been addressed with better editing, but all of these combined to give me a less than awesome feeling about the book in general.
The last issue I had with this book is about the sexual harassment that Molly was dealing with at work. Her boss, Henry, is blatantly being a creep towards her at work, and she is constantly lying to herself that it’s happening. She’s too scared to go to his boss to complain (because Henry is the CEO’s son), so she just puts up with it until things start to crash down around her. I totally get it; this is a realistic situation that sadly many women have to put up with. Molly is constantly lying to herself about this and her feelings about Ezra, so it fits with her character. However, the resolution to this storyline is not tied up with a nice bow, it’s tied up with a piece of silly string that is more than a few hours old and starting to disintegrate. After Henry comes close to forcing himself onto her, she runs to Ezra for comfort (which she finds) and he says he will go into the office with her the next day and they’ll get this whole thing sorted out. Except he doesn’t. The book flashes forward to one month later! There are a few paragraphs about the fall out (they went into the office, the CEO didn’t believe her, Molly got fired, other women came forward and said the same thing had happened, and now they’re suing), but this is not an adequate wrap up of a storyline that has been woven throughout the entire story.
I had similar complains about the first book in this series; that it felt like the author wrapped up all of the loose ends too quickly. The last chapter feels like an epilogue instead of relevant to the story. Which is kind of a letdown after enjoying watching two people sweetly fall in love.
If you think that you won’t be affected by my petty problems with this book, I would urge you to read Molly and Ezra’s story. It really is sweet and slow, and I liked the characters (especially Ezra!). I also really enjoyed the few scenes with Vera and Killian, from the first book in this series.