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Sadie. Esmé instantly hated the name, adding it to the $*#! list of her life.
She and Andrew were finished. She wanted it to be dignified, she wanted a clean break. As long as his testicles fell from his body after having caught a serious, yet incurable, STD which he had instantly shared with Sexy Sadie during their love tryst.
I’m sure she’s heartbroken at the thought of less washing, less ironing and an end to the stream of blondes sneaking down her staircase at the weekend…
Seven was the luckiest number. Seven colours in a rainbow. Seven dwarves helped Snow White. Seven days in a week. Even, seven horcrux in Harry Potter.
Esmé’s forte was mentioning the elephant in the room during difficult situations. Andrew’s granddad had a prosthetic leg due to his diabetes – how many times had she unconsciously referred to pirates and wooden legs whilst visiting?
Esmé tucked into every course with gusto, despite the evident scorn of four svelte models on her table, who simply pushed their forks around their plates without lifting a morsel to their mouths. Esmé proudly scraped her plate clean… The room seemed to be full of beautiful stick insects and wide shouldered hunks, all with shiny coats, clipped nails and good teeth.
I adored this amusing, quirky, and ingenious story from beginning to end. My interest was immediately snagged by Ms. Green’s crisp, enticing, and entertaining writing style; but it was the peculiar, eccentric, and intriguing characters that held me rapt to my Kindle. I couldn’t get enough of this superbly written, well-constructed, unpredictable, and cleverly contrived tale. It was divinely cheeky, irreverent, witty, humorous, emotive, and observantly insightful. I smirked, giggle-snorted, and laughed aloud during this delightful and engaging tale; it was found treasure.
From changing up a look (haircut and color) to reading childhood favorites, dining alone and making a wish list – the tasks are meant to open the new single’s horizons and give them a sort of busy-work that will, hopefully, help them to redefine their hopes and dreams for the future that has been newly unearthed. Of course, first up on the list is to find somewhere to live: her parent’s spare room beckons, but her older brother and friend are obviously in a spat over Kyle’s inability to come up with the money for a house share – and Esmé jumps in. Now sharing a house with 4 of her brother’s friends, she’s at least got a roof over her head and a place to call her own. Three of the four housemates are known to her: her brother’s friends Russ (engineer), Dam (physicist and lecturer) and Josh (model): Asa is the only one she hasn’t met – and their introduction will involve a fireplace poker and plenty of crossed connections. In fact, every interaction between Esmé and Asa is edgy – his pushing her to discover her own likes and stop following along, her judgmental statements and bit of aimless perseveration lead to some moments that are clever and push her to grow up and make choices rather than just wait for an invitation or a person to tell her what she should think / do / be.
For me, Esmé was difficult to truly enjoy full stop – she was so boxed into the way that she thought things should be, with her ‘shopping list’ for the future and her never-ending way of pushing her beliefs and judgments onto everyone and everything else. There was a smugness about her at first, particularly with her relationship with Andrew, that seemed to defy her even being able to contemplate his cheating –so of course, the universe needed to drop a rock in her plans. What she didn’t see for so very long was that she was a chameleon – changing her wants (or not actually having them) until she saw what way the wind blew – and what would be the decision that most people would want. It took a bit for her to come out of that childish approach to decisions, she wasn’t unaware of being unfulfilled – just a bit tone deaf to it: and while she was drawn to Asa and his caring nature, she wasn’t always able to deal with the tumult he caused for her: a man who is bluntly honest, living each moment as if it is special and important, and prodding, poking and sometimes dragging Esmé along for the ride. She’s stuck and not always aware of the undercurrents around her, and often quick to take a little baby step as proof she’s moved on, changed and is determining her own destiny in a way that will, eventually, open doors to a life that is fulfilled, happy and more than she could dream.
Erin Green has crafted a story with plenty of wonderful secondary characters that often serve to show just how limited Esmé is in her life, and the transformation for her is a slow process, with plenty of backsliding and unearned self-congratulatory moments quickly realigned with her own self-conscious actions or spontaneous decisions that are little more than a half-baked copy of someone else’s conscious and defined decisions. What kept me reading was the honesty in her: her actual moments of self-discovery and quiet reflection that provided the answers that she often was hiding from – this was honest and real: there are times when you can’t see the hand in front of your face until it’s repeatedly waving, and many of the events in this story were simply a waving hand. Easy to read with Green’s conversational, listen to your best friend’s story style, the conversations range from deep to delightfully funny as the 30 days of tasks from The Single Girl’s Calendar push and pull Esmé in directions untested and untried.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.