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The Optimist Paperback – March 30, 2021
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About the Author
- Publisher : Unbound (March 30, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1783525584
- ISBN-13 : 978-1783525584
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.25 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #656,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing is witty and light. The characters are affable, self-reflective, and genuine. And the plot is a humorous, clever, flirty mix of embarrassing moments, awkward situations, laughs, romps, familial dynamics, friendship, entertaining hijinks, and a touch of tenderness.
Overall, I would have to say that The Optimist is an adorably romantic tale with a lot of humour and heart that does a beautiful job of highlighting that even in a world that often seems pessimistic we still have an innate desire for companionship, intimacy, and love.
I want to fall in love I want to be an optimist
the crazier the better.
Thank you Sophie Kipner, for the laughs dreams and mostly for convincing me; I'm the most optimistic depressed person I know!
Top reviews from other countries
Well worth a read!
The Optimist is written episodically, one can easily imagine this book being turned into a TV series, and tells the story of L.A. girl Tabitha Gray, her mother and sister and their relationships with men. Each chapter tells the story of one of Tabitha’s outrageous endeavours to find true love. A lot of books in world literature deal with this subject, but nobody does it like Sophie Kipner’s Tabitha. She is definitely extremely bonkers (or extremely optimistic?) and very, very likeable.
I enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait to read it again and again ...
I am also a big fan of Sophie Kipner’s ‘don’t lift up, don’t look down’ style portraits which are also featured in her book.
The protagonist is pretty bonkers and a little un-relatable, if unlike her, you can read other people's cues and body language. But when you suspend that disbelief and recognise her emotional, over-enthusiastic, excitable, possibly high-on-the-autism-spectrum personality, you start to love her and wish her success in her quest. It's refreshing to see things through the eyes of an adult who still believes in high romance and magic. Many of us want to, but are afraid to voice those thoughts. The sub characters are well fleshed out, believable and a good foil to Tabby's high-strung energy.
I was anticipating reassuring chick-lit and hoping for funny. I was well rewarded and also, I was pleasantly surprised how touched I was, often, at the author's insights into the human condition. A lovely book.