Wooden characters. Slow paced plot to the point of backwardness and nothing compelling me to continue reading. Writing flat and juvenile. Rubbish book...moreWooden characters. Slow paced plot to the point of backwardness and nothing compelling me to continue reading. Writing flat and juvenile. Rubbish book. (less)
A very well written book as are most of Picoult's and drew me in to begin with. (never got as far as the same sex relationship) but realised the theme...moreA very well written book as are most of Picoult's and drew me in to begin with. (never got as far as the same sex relationship) but realised the theme of this one wasn't really my bag.(less)
EUGH.....I love most classics, and I loved Jane Austens Emma, but I really really struggled with this. Made it up to the page 60 mark and when I felt...moreEUGH.....I love most classics, and I loved Jane Austens Emma, but I really really struggled with this. Made it up to the page 60 mark and when I felt myself drifting to sleep from the sheer boredom of it, I knew I couldn't be bothered to continue with it. I will continue to perserve with her stuff as I liked Emma but this one definitely wasn't for me.
Oh and Fanny is just a annoying and insufferable creature anyway, would I cheer her on? Nope!
What a surprise, a book totally out of my comfort zone, being a genre I usually consider to just be pointless low brow fluff- chic...moreInitial impressions
What a surprise, a book totally out of my comfort zone, being a genre I usually consider to just be pointless low brow fluff- chick lit/lad lit, I totally enjoyed it!! This was pure excellence! I liked it from the very first page, the journalistic style, the simple but witty writing, the many seriously laugh out loud moments that were created! I did think however as some other reviewers stated that surely the novelty would wear off, the style, the humour or the characters would get boring. It didn't.
Plot + Characterisation
The plot of the book is fairly simply, it is told in a journalistic style in the pov of male William Walker in the brief run up to, and the years aftermath of his wedding to Isabel.
Naturally and somewhat predicatably things don't run smoothly at all during that first year, with them undergoing both ridiculously trivial but understandable problems (having terms dictated to him by the wife, being nagged) to the somewhat more serious.
I liked both William and Isabel although she annoyed me at times coming across with a somewhat "holier than thou" and "I'm never wrong" attitude. I felt most of my sympathy go towards William surprisingly given that I'm a woman and this book is the anti woman to a degree demonstrating the perhaps less attractive traits of us women! The other characters were also well developed, Alex in particular Isabel's psycho best friend and Saskia, Williams former one time lover also with psycotic tendencies...
In essence, a good but simple plot, supported by brilliant, funny, and mostly likeable but sometimes crazy characters!
Not written in the usual book fashion, just page after page, chapter after chapter, this is told almost as a newspaper article/journal. Kept in the style of a journal by writing about each and every day in the whole of the first year of Isabel and William's marriage. Also newspaper like in the way that various emboldened headings and so on William uses to detail a particular event/situation etc, for example Reasons I am happy .I really liked the writing style although definitely not high brow literature by any means, and mostly simple language.
Thoroughly enjoyed this and definitely going to be picking up the sequel to this book, Williams progress. I also look forward to seeing what Mr Rudd writes next. One thing I have learnt is to not write off all genres, I now anticipate giving the chick lit genre a bit more of a go. Still drawing the line at paranormal/teenage vampirey things, sorry!(less)