I liked the way this book was written, in different perspectives but always in the third person. It was interesting. But don't read this if you are exI liked the way this book was written, in different perspectives but always in the third person. It was interesting. But don't read this if you are expecting a light romance chick lit type book--I actually found it to be rather depressing in fact. However, I do recommend it, I think I was just expecting something a but different. And actually in the end, although there is some excellent character development, it leaves the reader hanging a bit as to what will happen next, but not in a good way, in an annoying way. This book also contributes to my constantly diminishing hope in ever having a successful marriage when I am older. ...more
I mean, this book was really funny, laugh out loud funny, in fact. But the entire plot, if you can even call it that, was entirely predictable, whichI mean, this book was really funny, laugh out loud funny, in fact. But the entire plot, if you can even call it that, was entirely predictable, which is why I deducted a star. The other star was deducted because it was just really unoriginal. I felt like I had already it, even though I hadn't, just because I have read so many books like it before. Also, if you can't stand British-speak, don't read this. I could tolerate it, although there were a few phrases here and there that I had to understand based on context. Read it if you need a light read, or are a girl trying to get over a break-up or something of that sort....more
**spoiler alert** I am glad I read this and I am glad it was written. It was telling and hard to put down. But then, it was also a huge disappointment**spoiler alert** I am glad I read this and I am glad it was written. It was telling and hard to put down. But then, it was also a huge disappointment. It was basically a retelling of a girl's adolescence through late twenties sleeping with boy after boy, man after man. Searching for love, for some way to fill this void inside of her. But even fulfilling long-term relationships end badly because she cheats on her boyfriends with strangers she cares nothing about. Her character, well, the author herself, angered me a lot while reading it. I wanted to scream, "What the hell is wrong with you?!" because it was like she knew all along the mistakes she was making while she was making them and knew how it was only hurting her and she was the only one preventing herself from finding true intimacy and real love. The fact that I started really feeling for Kerry speaks to the author's good storytelling and character development. The point was she couldn't be blamed for her promiscuity, just as a heroin addict can't be blamed for shooting up or an anorexic can't be blamed for starving him or herself. That I understand.
What disappointed me in the book was how it just ended--all of this build up and all of these horrid tales of her allowing men to treat her like shit, until at the end she finds a man and they are together and they are happy and presumably he is the one who becomes her last, but we don't know WHY. There is no discussion of why she all of a sudden "decides" that she is done with her random sex. All we know is that she realizes she doesn't have to be "great" at relationships, she just has to be "good enough".
Apparently the lesson here is that everyone has their vices and you can either let it become your downfall or you can be lucky enough to avoid your downfall long enough to realize you don't want that to be your downfall and you get better. Point being, it's all a game of luck anyway, or a race against time if you prefer that cliche instead. So why write a book about it?...more
So good. But definitely if I could take it back would have read this before Belong To Me, as that would have put the story in chronological order. I sSo good. But definitely if I could take it back would have read this before Belong To Me, as that would have put the story in chronological order. I spent much of the time with the mindset "OK so I know what point B is but just how do we get there?" which sort of spoils the enjoyment of reading. Also I would have gotten more out of Belong To Me I think had I known the characters more in depth, which I wasn't able to until reading Love Walked In. But aside from that--lovely details and similes and metaphors and great first-person writing that really gets you in to the minds of the characters. Makes you really start to reflect on the things you say and do and your interactions with the people you love and the strangers around you in your daily life I think....more