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The Opposite of Maybe

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,368 ratings  ·  337 reviews
A heartfelt, funny, and all-together human novel about the best mistakes a person can make.
   Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
 But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with
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Published April 8th 2014 by Broadway Books (first published 2014)
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Advance apologies for the profanity laced .gifs. I have a case of the Mondays.

At the ripe old age of 44, Rosie really wasn’t spending her days dreaming about having a little bundle of joy.

No, Rosie had bigger fish to fry. Problems like dealing with her long-time boyfriend Jonathan’s teacup obsession and his multiple proposals (first, to get married after being a couple for 15 years and second, to move across the country in order f
Karyn Niedert
Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-read, epic-fail
I was provided this book for free through Goodreads as a First Reads Giveaway. This is a good thing, because I wouldn’t have paid money for this novel.

Rosie is a 44 year old woman who has been in a relationship with quirky Jonathan for the past fourteen or so years. At a pivotal point in their relationship upon which Jonathan has been offered the job of his dreams across the country in San Diego, they part ways. Jonathan goes on to San Diego and Rosie moves in with the grandmother who raised h
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to enjoy this book from the first page. Rosie and Jonathan lead a very mundane life, no marriage, little money, but the author brings humour to their relationship and it makes easy reading.
When Jonathan decides to join a new acquaintance to open a museum dedicated to teacups in California, Rosie is not best pleased, and whilst considering her future, she goes off to make arrangements for her elderly grandmother, Soapie, to be looked after.
Soapie is magic. Fond of martinis, cig
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable story about Rosie, 44 year old woman in a dysfunctional relationship. After breaking things off, she moves in with her grandmother, Soapie, a brash, out spoken, quirky 88 year old who raised Rosie. Into the picture enters Tony, originally to be a caregiver for Soapie, but ends up tangled in the mess that is Rosie's life. As Rosie finds her way, the reader is drawn into this often humorous, sometimes sad roller coaster of emotions. A book I would recommend to readers of women's ficti ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Liked the book in the end. But seriously, I would've sent Jonathan and his tea cups packing after the first chapter. What a self absorbed bastard he is.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review found at
4.5 stars
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was a joy to read. With a cast of unique, quirky and likeable characters and an honest, heartwarming and sometimes humorous plot this book had it all.

What I really enjoyed about this book is that it was real. Rosie, the main character, is a 44 year old woman who doesn't have the perfect life and is nowhere close t
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
There's a comfort in reading a book with realistic characters, sort of like sipping tea from that special mug, or slipping into your favorite pair of jeans. Flash, drama, and excitement in a book is fine, but I also like that other type, where I read about people who I might meet perusing veggies at the farmer's market, or while waiting at a bus stop, or even when picking up the mail in my apartment building. Maddie Dawson created a whole slew of such characters -- not perfect, glamorous beings, ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked the front cover and synopsis and the book didn't disappoint.

Rosie the main character has lived with her partner Jonathan for fifteen years. At first they both seem to be happy with their lot but very early on you get the impression that Rosie in particular is looking for and in fact needs more. Life is just ambling along. Their mutual friends and family seem to know them better than they do themselves with Jo
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I've read it 3 times in 2 years so far and keep finding it adorable. Five stars from me [for the italian translated version], not because it's a literature masterpiece, but becase I could identify with the heroine.
It as an easy reading I got as a gift and, because I refused to read the back cover to see what it was about, I didn't create any expectations. Everything came as a surprise to me. Rosie's age and stage in life were ideal (not too young to have a teenage romance, neither too old to pla
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book to review from Netgalley. The opinions expressed below are solely my own.

This book was a lot better than I expected it to be. I thought chick triangle...we'll see. I really don't like love triangles. However, this book made it work. The writing was excellent. I laughed, I cried. I was annoyed with the way the main character thought at times, but still felt for her and what she was going through. Great story! 4.5✭
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not a literary masterpiece, but it is a delightful read full of interesting, slightly quirky, likeable and well developed characters! Rosie and Jonathan have lived together for 15 years and are comfortable with the way things are. Then Jonathan has the opportunity to open a museum in San Diego for his antique tea cup collection with another collector. He proposes that they get married and move out together. Wedding plans fall apart and Rosie stays behind in Connecticut to arrange appropr ...more
Sandra Hutchison
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-romances
I believe I'll soon have read all of Maddie Dawson's books, because I just enjoy them so much. They're funny and wise and somehow manage to keep the suspense alive even when you know what's supposed to happen and are certain from past experience that she'll deliver. In this one she puts together two folks who seem very ill-matched on the face of it, and yet who can avoid rooting for them? Not me. Genius.
Sep 23, 2019 added it
boring. i could also kind of guess where it was going.
while it had some cute humor here & there, not enough for me to care about the characters.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When you've been with someone for fifteen years, you learn to make adjustments and concessions. You learn how to negotiate, whether it's who will make breakfast or where you will live.

Relationships, whether married or not, are long conversations in which both parties confer, concede, disagree, debate, and communicate.

So it is with Rosie and Jonathan. Theirs is a symbiotic arrangement wherein they can almost read each other's minds. They know each other. They know what they want, independently an
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

After her mother died, Rosie grew up with her grandmother, Soapie. The present environment for Soapie is a tentative one. She falls, she does not take her medication and she refuses to have a trained person come to help her. That is one of the worries in Rosie’s life.

Jonathan, an award winning potter has changed the focus of his life. Because of critical comments about his work, he has become someone else. He now collects tea cups, these are tea cups which are not to be touched by human hands.

Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In their circle of friends, Jonathan and Rosie have become the quirky couple that has stayed together for fifteen years without changing their lifestyle. Rosie teaches, while Jonathan collects antiques, like the teacups that are his latest obsession.

So when Jonathan joins forces with a man named Andres, who is planning to start up a museum in San Diego, CA, Jonathan doesn't think twice about signing on.

But Rosie is not so eager to leave Connecticut, most especially since her eighty-eight-year-ol
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
original review found at

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This was a story of what happens when certain life events occur on an life plan that has already been mapped out. What results is emotional, heartwarming and comedic mixed in with a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters.

I must admit that I was not a fan of Jonathan from the get go however I do believe this may have been by design. Puttin
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson is a chick-lit novel that explores one woman’s journey of self-discovery through trial, error, hope, loss and love.

Dawson introduces us to Rosie a middle-aged woman who loves her job-teaching children and her life with her live in lover Jonathan. They have been together as they watched their friends get married and begin families. Theirs is a comfortable life until things get complicated. Jonathan has been offered an opportunity clear across the country and
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson is a unique novel that has the power to lure you just by the charm of its cover and title. It was not necessary for me to check out what this book was all about. I like the title, and the cover was just simply too appealing to ignore it. But once I discover what the story is all about, and Sophie's journey of self-discovery and coming of age, I knew I was going to enjoy it. The Opposite of Maybe is a story of the hard choices one has to make at some point o ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Opposite of Maybe
Maddie Dawson

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Rosie and Jonathan have been together for 15 years. All of their besties are married with's not the life they said they wanted.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I loved this book but it is filled with quirky characters and I love quirky characters! From Jonathan and his teapot collection to Rosie wanting cupcakes and red boots at her wedding...yes...Jonathan finally proposes! But just as abruptly as he prop
Jena Thorp
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was an amazing story that I couldn't put down. It was a rollercoaster of love--ups and downs. I was hooked from the first page and didn't want the story to end. Rosie is in a long term relationship without marriage--finds herself separating from her boyfriend--and ends up pregnant at 44 years old. Meanwhile her grandma, who raised her, is getting old and unable to take care of herself. Soapie, the grandma, moves in a younger man named Tony to help care for her. Rosie ends up moving in ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm trying to imagine the state of mind I must have been in a couple of years ago when I added to my reading list the books I've been reading lately. Many of them have been chick lit or something close to it: the two Rosie books (The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect), the Secrets of Midwives, The Traitor's Wife, The Photographer's Wife, Mrs. Houdini, etc. This is another Rosie book--different author, different Rosie. This Rosie is a 44-year-old woman who's been in a relationship with a man for 1 ...more
I enjoyed this book. The book followed Rosie, the main character, as she dealt with a slew of life-changing events. At times it was frustrating to see her just floating along and making big decisions almost in a cloud, or not making decisions and going along with what other people want or expect her to do. I felt that Tony did that as well - going along with what his ex-wife wanted even when it involved his son who he obviously loved. Rosie did call him out on this, not seeming to realize she of ...more
Rida Ahmed Sajid
So what do I think? AWESOME:)

Funny, romantic, enjoyable & everything you want.

I loved that the characters were so close to reality. The scenarios are sometimes expected but sometimes they are a total shock. Parenting issues are explained in a very impressive way.

Loved Milo. An adorable little thing he is.

Rosie is a confused, compromising and easily convinced person but I think that is what makes this story goes on.

I got irritated with Jonathan and that was his purpose in the story. right? A lo
Faith Simone
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
*I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I freely give*

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's refreshing to read a novel in which the main character is female, over the age of forty and isn't harping on menopause, empty nest syndrome or a disinterested spouse. Rosie doesn't have life all figured out yet, and that's okay. Her uncertainty is a major part of this book's appeal. She is forty-four years old and proves that you are never too old to star in you

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was pretty excited to read this one as the blurb sounded great and promised a fantastic an interesting story, however I am disappointed. The story is too slow paced for my taste (sometimes I felt like nothing was really happening) and was dragging. Also, despite the fact I am fascinated with motherhood and root for women who decide to go on that journey even in their later years, I couldn't connect with the MC or any of
Holly Robinson
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most unique novels I've read in years. Within the first few pages, I was so quickly engaged in the lives of these characters that I laughed aloud while reading and woke my husband, then woke him again when I started sniffing and weeping later in the book. This deceptively simple novel is written with heart and generosity for even the most flawed characters (like the boyfriend who obsesses about starting a teacup museum, of all things). You'll be left wanting to dance, and mayb ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is exactly what you expect by reading the blurb. There were times when the story tugged on my heartstrings; there were times when the story made me laugh out loud or chuckle quietly to myself; and there were times when the story and the characters’ actions/decisions would make me shake my head.

The writing was good, and I enjoyed the story. But there were a few times that I found myself skimming a page. I also felt like the book meandered its way toward the predictable ending – which wo
Gabi Coatsworth
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
A friend gave me an uncorrected proof of this novel and I loved it. It was just what I needed on a bleak January day because it's warm, funny and life-affirming. I enjoyed MD's last novel, The Things That Never Happened, and was looking forward to this one. I wasn't disappointed. Filled with characters I could recognize, and predicaments of the type we all have to face at times, the novel kept me guessing as to how it was going to work itself out. No preaching or moralizing, just an open-hearted ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read too much. I always have. Not only do I read for pleasure and escape but I've been a proofreader/copy editor for around 25 years. But sometimes I just seem to naturally take a break, which I'd done recently. At least as far as reading for pleasure; I was reading a book for profit at the time. Then I began to get that "itch"--wishing I could find a book that would surprise me. Serendipity is one of my favorite things in life! Voila! This download caught my eye. This was a delight--witty, wi ...more
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I'm the author of eight novels about love, crazy families, secrets, parenthood, and--yes, they have reasonably happy endings. Kind of like life. My newest, A Happy Catastrophe, will be released on May 25, 2020. My other novels are: Matchmaking for Beginners, The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness, The Opposite of Maybe, The Stuff That Never Happened, Kissing Games of the World and A Piece of Nor ...more

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