- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503945626
- ISBN-13: 978-1503945623
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,623 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was well written and well edited. Witty humor was interjected throughout, and while centered around a deep subject, the book was light and yes, maybe a bit fluffy. I felt that the main characters were well developed and part of what kept me hooked was that I cared about Libby and wanted to see what happened to her. I appreciate that this was a "clean" book - no swearing, no explicit sex scenes, but I would have liked Libby's first love scene to have been slightly more detailed. At only a sentence or two long, at first I wasn't sure if it was something that had actually happened.
I disagree with what one reviewer said about everything being neatly tied up in a bow at the end. Not everything with Libby was tied up at the end of the book -which I found surprisingly unpredictable. Yes, there was a happy ending of course - and I would not have wanted it any other way.
(Getting an early release copy through Prime is in no way tied to a promise of writing a review.)
One can guess the end of the story right after a few pages. I had to drop this mid way cause I was irritated so much. it might be just the state of mind at that time
Libby no longer has the positive outlook that her brother Paul described: "But for you, Libby, the whole world is filled with kittens and rainbows and happy endings. It's very cute and probably helps you sleep at night. I just worry about you sometimes." Now Libby thinks, "I'd taken a wrong turn at happy and run smack-dab into a dead end." I felt “inside” Libby as she copes with her breaking-apart life. What does she decide to do? Sell everything—go traveling--find a meaningful answer, perhaps.
Libby is a person we cheer for and laugh with even as she brings tears to our eyes. This book is an EASY READ on the surface, yet Libby's narration, memories, hopes and fears are far from easy to gloss over. Personally, I love this character; she is real to me. I think many readers of this PERSONAL NOVEL will feel the same. The author’s writing skills are superb, heart-to-heart, yet no wasted words.
I could not give the book more than 3 stars for one major reason. The main character is just not likable. We have to be reminded several times that she used to be an unwavering optimist, and all sunshine and unicorns, but we don't see any of that part of her personality here. In fact, what we see is a woman who is selfish, spiteful, and lies to her loved ones over and over again. Sure, she's had a couple of terrible recent shocks and a rough childhood, and certainly most people would have reason to react badly at first, but she continues this behavior throughout the book. To me, the way she treated her husband was absolutely unforgivable. I had a hard time understanding why the supporting characters in this book coddled her and loved her so much and let her get away with how she was acting. She seems to blame everything in her life on either her husband or an incident that happened to her in childhood, which although very sad, is a poor excuse for behavior at 35 years of age.
Also the Epilogue was ... well let me just say that I had to put the book down and say "Oh give me a break."
As I said, I liked the story in general, and clearly the author can make characters likable, as she did with a couple of the supporting characters. However, I think it could, and should, have been written in a way that would help the readers feel some empathy for her, and sadly that is not the case in my opinion.
Having just gone through the year from hell, I began reading this story while recuperating from major surgery.
This story is well written. It evoked emotions in me I had buried deep in my soul. The very believable characters had me alternating between feelings of anger and sorrow interspersed with rare bouts of silliness right along with them. If you want to read a story about real love, betrayal. then some more real love, I highly recommend this book.
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It's funny, it's sad and sometimes you just want to slap Libby!
There was nothing g I disliked!