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- File Size : 3361 KB
- Print Length : 478 pages
- Publication Date : July 1, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07F6BZJ7P
- Publisher : Night Rain Books (July 1, 2018)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,956 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, suspenseful, funny, sometimes endearing, and a quick read. It is certainly entertaining, and if that is all you want from it, awesome.
Five stars, also, for the delightful concept of a chick lit time travel novel, two of my favorite things combined!
However, delving a bit deeper, I am a but disappointed in the portrayal of the main character. Prior to purchasing, I read other reviews that said she isn’t as shallow or one-dimensional as she first appears with her obsessing about diets and how to fit into a dress that is two sizes too small for her. The reviews urged readers to give her a chance and dig a little deeper, to see that her travels back in time are really a journey of self-discovery and understanding how she came to be the insecure (and possibly shallow) woman she is. This is all true; some of the most thoughtful and poignant reflections in the book come toward the end, particularly in her conversations with her grandmother and her reconciliation with her mother. I just feel that these would have been even more powerful had Sara been written with more depth and realism from the get-go.
Some of this criticism is coming from a place of really wanting to relate to her. I think the majority of girls and women reading this book have experienced insecurity about their appearance, maybe particularly about their weight. It is such a common affliction and we all identify on some level. For many of us who have really struggled with weight, Sara starts out promising even if a bit one-dimensional in her obsession over her size. We see her crash dieting, envying her husband’s leftovers, jealous of her pretty neighbor, and desperately wishing she could fit into that beautiful dress that is two sizes too small. Yup, been there, done that!
However, before long it becomes apparent that Sara is misrepresenting herself. She’s not really the “fat girl” she claims to be, that we were kind of suckered into believing would be our heroine. Her husband is desperately in love with her even though they are having some intimacy issues, and that’s great…. even a “fat girl” can find true love. She then reunites with her college boyfriend who seems to still be burning a torch for her, and that’s reasonably believable too…hey, he seems like the kind of soulful guy who might have seen beyond appearances even when he was 20 years old. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that even an overweight, insecure woman would have one hot romantic dalliance in her past. It happens, and maybe it even gives us hope for us all, like when Mark Darcy tells Bridget Jones that he loves her “just the way you are.”
But…but….it’s not just the men who know Sara and love her for who she is. It’s pretty much every man she encounters in this book. Her husband thinks she’s perfect. Her ex-boyfriend thinks she’s still got it going on. Then her brother’s childhood best friend that she hasn’t seen since she was an awkward, overweight pre-teen falls instantly in love with her when they reunite 20 years later. Can’t keep his hands off her, thinks she’s gorgeous. And there’s the random guy in the sub shop who calls her “bellisima,” the cop who should be eying her as a suspect who only eyes her cleavage, and the guy whose one and only job it is to kidnap her who somehow gets distracted by her feminine charms and lets her get away. At some point in all of this, if you are expecting to relate to Sara the “fat girl,” you feel betrayed. Sara’s “fat girl” is only in her head. In reality, she’s apparently smoking hot. I guess maybe that’s part of the author’s intention, that her mother did a number on her psychologically with all of the criticism over the years and perhaps, going a step further, that ALL of us are more beautiful than we give ourselves credit for. However, if that last bit is to be believed, it might have helped to tone it down a little with Sara’s many suitors. I stopped believing Sara was anything like me when her rejection sent Danny off the rails and ruined the rest of his life. I mean, really? Is ANYONE actually that much of a smoke bomb, much less a supposedly overweight, insecure accountant?
On top of that, I knew Sara was flat out lying to us when she borrowed her supermodel mother’s cardigan and fit into it, albeit snugly. What could her mother be, a size 6 at most? So what does that make Sara, a 10 or a 12 to be able to squeeze herself into her mother’s clothes like a sausage? Puhleaaase….that is not a fat girl. It is actually an insult and a disservice to describe her that way, particularly if the intent of this book was at all to reassure girls and women that we are all beautiful just the way we are. For those who are a 16 or an 18 or a size 24, what does it tell us that Sara is “gordita” in the eyes of other women (namely, her mother), and in her own eyes, too, at a size 10 or 12? Hopeless. That’s how that would feel to a true “fat girl.” And that hurts, given that we don’t even realize she’s that much of a fraud until 2/3 of the way into the book.
Setting aside the weight and image issues, let’s also go back to that cleavage-loving cop and Sara’s would-be kidnapper who let her escape after a little flirtation. This is a book about a woman trying to take down an evil corporation single handedly when the men in her life fail her (and she tries, repeatedly, to get them to save her – hopping in a car with her ex-boyfriend with no questions asked because he was going to take her to a “safe house,” tracking her husband down in the past only to get him killed, trying to convince Danny to give up everything to join her on her quest, and even repeatedly going home to her dad when all else fails). Yet, the one and only tool she ever pulls out of her hat is sex. She sleeps with her ex-boyfriend within hours of discovering that her life is in danger from an unknown enemy, she sleeps with Danny within hours of breaking off her relationship with her husband, she solicits her husband’s help in the past by unbuttoning her shirt rather than appealing to the mind she must know after years of marriage, and then actually evades capture by a kidnapper and arrest by the authorities by flashing a pretty smile and some cleavage. Is this a girl power book, or….?
No. Definitely not. It’s a book about a normal sized girl who spends her life feeling second-rate to her mother (partly her mother’s fault, granted, but by age 38 you’d think she’d have some clue) and uses sex rather than brains to get her out of every jam. It’s pretty sad, really.
So, yeah, I enjoyed the adventure a lot, and I really, really wanted to find this delving into one’s past and painful childhood to be poignant and inspiring, but…. Sara is just too much of a female caricature for me to really find her relatable (even though I truly did love the adventure she had).
Author Lana Ayers spins a wonderful tale filled with mystery, romance and a really cool concept of 'what if' I could go back in time, what would I do differently? How would that alter the future?
CONTAINS: L, S
L = language
S = Sex
V = Violence