- File Size: 1916 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Publisher: Little Bear Books; 2 edition (January 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6T85B0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,892,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Raving About Rhys Kindle Edition
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At the bright young age of 21, Callie constantly finds herself getting involved with men that are old enough to be her father. Does that have anything to do with wanting to replace the father figure that she never really had in her life? Or is she drawn to their maturity and intelligent sense of the world? The latest man in her life [45 year-old Tony] takes advantage of their relationship and is basically only interested in one thing. He never takes her out in public and after ten months together and a heart-to-heart with her brother Nick, Callie begins to wonder what she wants out of a relationship.
Callie’s character was complex and well-developed and I admired her thoughts on caring for and about the older residents of the Bay View Care Home where she worked. You can’t go through life distancing yourself and not getting attached to others simply because they will eventually die. You have to appreciate them while they’re here and take advantage of the time you do have with them. One bit of the story was predicable [yet completely enjoyable], but some of it definitely caught me off guard and surprised me!
I connected with Callie’s generally bubbly personality and the idea that just because you’re always happy doesn’t mean that things can’t get you down sometimes. I also liked that when Callie had difficult things to deal with, she didn’t air her diary laundry on Facebook the way many people do nowadays. She was able to have real human interaction and communication to help her begin to think about what she wanted out of a relationship and life. I loved that the inclusion of social media made this novel feel fresh and relevant.
Another important theme in this story was learning to let go of the liars, cheaters and people that don’t appreciate and respect you. It never fails to amaze me that people can be such conniving, lying, two-faced scumbags, especially when it comes from the people you think you can trust most. Often times people are not always how they appear on the surface. Sometimes people have a tough exterior to protect themselves from the difficult things going on in their own personal lives. Knowing your own self worth and not accepting anything less than what you deserve is key to having successful and meaningful relationships. Everyone deserves to be treated with love and care, especially in a relationship. Raving About Rhys is an entertaining and thoughtful novella about life, love and learning to let go of the toxic people in your life.
She repeatedly spoke of a grandson who was going to visit, yet somehow never materalised. Either he was fiction or he was completely unreliable. I wasn’t sure which idea I preferred.
What sort of a relationship did I want? I wanted one where I could rely on my boyfriend to be there for me when I really needed him. Like tonight. Surely that wasn’t too much to ask?
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
What I learned from the small number or novellas I have read is that they often leave you with the feeling that something is missing.
That wasn't the case with Raving About Rhys.
Although it has only 103 pages it felt like I read a full novel.
Don't think for a second it was because the story was boring. It was not. It is bacuse when I finished it felt like the story was complete.
It didn't feel like the story should have been longer because there were some parts that should have been more developed. There were only the feeling of completeness.
Our main character Callie got me immediately when she said she liked older guys.
I feel like there are not enough female characters that prefer older men. Chik-lit genre is full of guys close to the age of main character and rarer are the cases when the love interest is younger.
Beside the fact that Callie prefered older partners, she was one likeable character with flaws. She is hasty, funny and not-smart-enough. I even think her IQ scale is lower then average. But that is fine. Not all the charaters have to be smart.
We have to consider what do we want from the book before analysing it's characters and plot.
If you ask me, this novella had an aim to entertain the audience. It did entertin me, and it was pretty sucessfull at it.
I liked Mikey. He was sweet and it was enjoyable reading about him.
Although Tony was a jerk, the scenes that included him were always interesting. I dare to say, they were few of the most interesting ones.
The writing style was clear and simple, as it should be in chick-lit literary.
Who do I recommend this book to?
To ones who are in a search for a quick read that will entertain them and make them laugh, but have nothing against stupid protagonist.
Remember: The world is full of people. Not all of them can be smart. If they were, the word "smart" would lose it's meaning.
Plus, good story doesn't always have to have smart characters. It has to have interesting ones.