For books that are entitled "happy" and talk about happiness, this series is one of the saddest, most poignant, and heartwarming at the same time.
TheFor books that are entitled "happy" and talk about happiness, this series is one of the saddest, most poignant, and heartwarming at the same time.
The parent book, This is What Happy Looks Like, is a beautifully written book that explores the meaning of happiness and star-crossed romance. It is not a cliff-hanger, but the ending is as unsatisfying as it is complete with the story left unfinished. Happy Again, where have you been all my life? How have you slipped past my radar, when all I wanted to know more about was what happened to EONeill and GDL!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book explores where the first book left off, i.e. what happens after two fated persons meet again after being resigned to the reality that they both don't belong in each other's lives. It is real, it is raw, it is intense in its simplicity. It brings us back to the best of memories when EONeill and GDL were together, and reminds us how both of them are so damn perfect for each other. The moments when they are together simply make me so, well, happy.
(view spoiler)[ Again, there is no precise ending even after this number. The end brings to readers a lot more questions - well, do they make it in the end? Do they get their HEA? Is this chance meeting - after more than a year - enough for them to hang in there? My heart and my head are not on the same page on this. I need written confirmation from Smith, dammit!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] If Jennifer Smith stops writing about these two, I (and possibly a lot more readers) will surely be UNhappy. Dear Smith, if you are reading this, this is my sincerest and most heartfelt plea for more GDL and EONeill (as I write this, I even have my game face on, surely you cannot deny me). ...more
There is this saying in Chinese (in the most poetic translation I can come up with) that a genius stands no chance against three ordinary men who putThere is this saying in Chinese (in the most poetic translation I can come up with) that a genius stands no chance against three ordinary men who put their brains together. Now we have the product of (literally) three writers, who are esteemed novelists in their own right. (I LOVE Cynthia's books. How this one slipped under my nose for so long is beyond me. For Brodi, I'm not a fan, but that's not because of her talent to write lyrically. As for Jodi, I'm embarrassed to say that I have not read any of her works before, as much as I like to think that I read quite a fair bit. But I digress.) The result? A BRILLIANT masterpiece, a book that shames those who have yet to read it!!!!
I admit the blurb reveals nothing. It spells of no plot, or one worthy of reading for those who lives for happy endings and rainbows and colourful cotton candy between the pages. Believe me, I went through that stage too. The best thing you can do, for those who have yet to start reading, is to READ THIS REVIEW AND READ THE BOOK IMMEDIATELY. I would give a brief taster of the book myself, but I can't. I couldn't add any non-spoilers without making myself sound ridiculous. Do you know the game, where everyone sits in a circle and everyone takes turns chipping in a line, to weave into an entire story, not knowing where the story goes? This book almost felt like that in the beginning. But that did not mar the sheer perfection that is THIS BOOK. Every moment was enjoyable. Best part was, you almost didn't know where you'd end up next. It's that feeling on the night of the eve of your 21st birthday, where you have no idea what your friends will drop on you when the clock strikes twelve.
That said, this book is a parodybetter version rewrite of the original story of Tudor history. Everyone knows how badly that story went. Well, this book is happier. I wouldn't be writing in this tone if it weren't. May I (again) digress here and say that fan fiction writers should learn from these authors and start rewriting bad stories, rather than good ones? When has the fan fiction beat the original version of the tale? (I know some readers would point to FSOG and T with glee, but believe me, if I said anything on those installments here this review won't end, and I'd probably make a tonne of enemies in the process). This book? This rewrite of history gone back? It has soft-hearted people like me believing in humanity again.
To give justifications for why this book is perfection, let me just quickly say that the characters were well-developed, deep, and not Mary-Sue/Gary-Sue in any way. The bantering was superb! Some lines in here were definitely worth stealing. Everyone was likable! Except the villains, whom were hateable, but that is a good thing. The narration was superb (special mention here that the narrators in this VISUAL book, no spoilers here, have a life and character of their own), the weaving between history and fiction could rival the screenplays of Sherlock. And yet, in all its humour, this book touches upon some key issues, such as politics, greed, and discrimination, in subtle ways that strike the deepest in those who were once blind to it all.
If I have not whetted your appetite for this book, I admit that I have not done this book justice (I hereby announce that I have no affiliations with the authors. I only have a taste for a book of good quality, and an impatience against those who choose to remain ignorant of such a book). If you are looking for humour, romance, action, suspense, history (debatable), and all in all A GOOD BOOK (I have repeated myself enough), this is it.
WAIT!!!!! I HAVE A FINAL ACE CARD TO PLAY TO PERSUADE YOU INTO READING THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the dedication on the first page of this book:
“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door. And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
There. How can you not read this book with a dedication like that? ...more