I love Sara Gruen's previous three novels, but it took me a long time to even pick this one up at the library and I put off reading it. Something abouI love Sara Gruen's previous three novels, but it took me a long time to even pick this one up at the library and I put off reading it. Something about the summary just didn't hook me and if I wasn't a fan of Sara, I probably would never have read it.
The book wasn't awful. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I don't know if I can really explain why, either.
It started off great. I liked Isabel right away and the apes really steal the show with their distinct personalities and silly antics. The explosion and aftermath was heartbreaking and I found myself turning pages quickly.
Then Ape House started, and the book fell apart for me. I didn't find John nearly as compelling as Isabel and the apes. Amanda was totally unlikable and at this point the book seemed more focused on John and Amanda instead of Isabel and the apes, and that's where it lost me. John is bland and Amanda is so freaking emo I wanted to bitchslap her.
Based on the summary, I was expecting some sort of attraction between John and Isabel threatening his marriage, but that was really a non factor throughout the majority of the novel. Instead we get to read page after page about Amanda's emo depressiveness because her book didn't get published. John and Amanda were so hot and cold (and not in an interesting way), I felt like I was getting whiplash with the amount of times they were jerks to each other then apologizing to each other.
The ending of the book was okay, but it seemed too perfect and happy - a la Breaking Dawn where everyone gets everything they ever wanted and they all lived happily ever after. Don't get me wrong, I love a happily ever after - in fact I HATE books that don't have some kind of happy ending - but this one just seemed like overkill.
Like I said, I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it either. I still am a big fan of Sara and will read whatever she publishes next, but I am hoping it's more along the lines of Water for Elephants instead of Ape House....more
This was a really cute book. I LOVED the heroine (Taylor) - she was smart and funny and had a kickass attitude. The hero (Jason) was also hilarious anThis was a really cute book. I LOVED the heroine (Taylor) - she was smart and funny and had a kickass attitude. The hero (Jason) was also hilarious and I appreciated the way he changed throughout the story.
Overall, the plot was light, funny, and easy to read. I really loved the interactions between Taylor and Jason in the beginning - the courtroom scene of their first face-to-face meeting is classic.
The happily ever after comes, of course, but I felt it was a bit abrupt. Taylor had some serious trust issues to overcome, and I don't feel that Jason did anything to help her overcome that. There also isn't a lot of actual romance here - a couple near kisses and one kiss that Taylor doesn't even remember, but that's enough to have her quitting her dream job and professing her undying love. It felt very rushed at the end and I felt that Taylor and Jason needed a few more scenes to solidify their relationship before the HEA.
Even so, it was a fun book to read and I will definitely check out other novels by this author. This is the first I've read of hers and I really enjoyed it!...more