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The Best of Adam Sharp

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  8,965 ratings  ·  1,520 reviews
From the #1 bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, an unforgettable new novel about lost love and second chances

On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.

But he can nev
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2016)
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Adam is an IT consultant, has been in a relationship with Claire for over twenty years. He admits that he is currently taking more from his bank of memories than he is putting in. Somewhere in the back of his mind lurks the unforgotten love of his life, Angelina Brown. Adam is a pianist, and there are songs irrevocably entwined with his relationship with Angelina forged in Melbourne that lasted a memorable three months. Then after all these years, Angelina who married Charlie and has three child ...more
Adam Sharp is nearing fifty. He's had a decent turn in life as an IT contractor and he's lived with his girlfriend, Claire, for many years. But Adam has always held a torch for his first love, Angelina. For a few brief months, the two bonded and shared a relationship solidified over Adam's piano playing and music. It's been over twenty years since the pair have had any contact, but one day--out of the blue--Adam gets an email from Angelina. She's married to her husband, Charlie, with three kids. ...more
This was a pleasant enough read, nowhere near as good as The Rosie Project but then that was an exceptionally good book!
The story was good as was the pacing and I never felt the need to put the book down. I think where it was lacking for me was the characters. When the author told me Angelina and Adam were in love I heard him but I did not feel it. When later on two characters are parting for the last time and tears are streaming down their faces, not a single tear appeared in my eyes. And I am
Anna Johnson
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book reads like a creepy middle-aged man's poorly-written fantasy. Unfortunately, it has none of the charm or originality of the Rosie books. Very disappointing. ...more
I don't even know what to say. Apparently Simsion decided to write a book that would cause the majority of the readers to want to find him and kick him in he shins. If you want to read about a middle aged man who after hearing from an ex fling from 20 years ago just turns into a walking and talking cliche, pick this. If you want to read some very uncomfortable sex scenes which will cause you to want to scrub your eyes from your head, pick this. The flow is off and the very little dialogue that h ...more
What’s a fella to do when the Love of His Life suddenly emails him saying “Hi”, and eventually “Do you want to live dangerously”? In their 20s, English visitor Adam and Aussie soapie actress Angela had a blazing, but short-lived, affair in Melbourne while she was trying to save her marriage.

What? Save her marriage with a hot affair? Mm-hmm.

There are a few times in this book where I needed to suspend disbelief, and mostly I didn’t mind – too much. Fast forward to 20 years later, and Angela is
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, fiction
Adam Sharp is in a ho-hum relationship with Claire, his live-in girlfriend for over a decade. He's doing okay, but he's also bored, overweight, and feeling lonely. Life gets a little brighter, though, when Adam's ex-lover, famous actress Angelina Brown, sends him an email with just one little word: hi. Suddenly Adam doesn't feel so glum. As Claire works longer hours at her hectic job, Adam finds himself more and more captivated by Angelina. He can't help but wonder what his life would have been ...more
3.5 stars

Right... I should probably start this review by saying that if you expect Graeme Simsion's third novel to be anything like The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect you'll be disappointed. Especially if you expect any laugh-out-loud moments.

The Best of Adam Sharp is about an almost fifty-year-old British guy, Adam Sharp, reminiscing and longing for his "big love" - an Australian soap opera actress he met when he was twenty-six and working in Australia. The first part of the novel is pretty
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
The first half of this book wasn’t bad, if a bit twee. It tells of a young man Adam falling in love with an aspiring Australian actress when he’s on a contract in Australia. When the contract ends so does the love affair and although Adam moves on and has a relatively successful marriage he still looks back fondly on Angelina and the love that might have been. So far so good. I’m sure many people have an old romance that sticks in their minds and they sometimes wonder “what if….” However the sec ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2016
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Alice Dowden
Dec 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I've just wasted a whole weekend reading this and am bitterly, bitterly disappointed. I had high hopes for it. If it wasn't a library book I would use it to line the bin.

I hated it. I didn't mind the narrator's voice for the first half but by the end I was hoping that all the characters would spontaneously combust so I wouldn't have to endure any more whining naval gazing.

I detested all the characters. They were selfish and spoilt and lacked any real dimension. I tried to care about what was g
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best of Adam Sharp is the third novel by best-selling Australian author, Graeme Simsion. Adam Sharp is in his late forties when an email lands in his inbox from one Angelina Brown: “Hi”. For Adam, this one-word missive is a blast from the past. It was twenty-two years ago that Adam last saw Angelina, who was, at that time (and maybe still is?) his Great Lost Love. Adam reflects on his no-longer-passionate marriage to Claire, thinks about what might have been with Angelina, and begins to wond ...more
The best of Adam Sharp is another interesting offering from the author of the Rosie Project. While a story of multiple adulterers is certainly not as heartwarming or whimsical as the The Rosie Project, I still found it to be a unique and introspective read.

The protagonist, who seemingly wakes up one day and realizes how stale and boring his life is as he pines for the lost love of his youth, is certainly relatable to an extent. I found him to be a likable character, although admittedly as the n
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This book was a serious departure from the type of books that I usually read, but I was given the opportunity to read it and I actually felt like I needed a break from the murder, mayhem and twisted minds that constitute the subject matter of my favourite genres.

I had previously read The Rosie Project by this author, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and so it wasn't a total leap of faith starting this book. Let me say at the outset that the main cha
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

When almost 5o Adam Sharp receives a message out of the blue from the other side of the world, he begins to dwell on what might have been. Twenty years earlier he discovered how it felt to find love and lose it, his present situation and feelings are not helped by the fact that his marriage seems to have hit a rough patch. The Best of Adam Sharp explores the past and transitions during the novel to the present so the reader has a full picture of what happened and why the main protagonist feels t
Louise Wilson
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Approaching 50, Adam Sharp likes his life, his partner Claire and excels in music trivia, but he can't forget the affair he had over 20 years ago with Angelina Brown, an actress all about love. He wonders how his life would differ from the one he lives now. Then from the other side of the world Angelina gets in touch. What exactly does she want?

I liked the music references and I was singing along to them. I got into the first part of this novel,fairly easy but the second part for me just did not
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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At some points in this book I got the feeling that I was reading an early draft rather than a finished novel. It had all the components but they didn’t quite hang together.

I feel bad for authors whose debut novels are wildly successful – they spend years perfecting their first book, it’s well-received, and then they find themselves under pressure from agents, publishers and their new fans to crank out another bestseller
For a few months during his twenties, Adam Sharp, British database consultant and passionate music aficionado and piano player, worked in Australia where he met and fell in love with Angelina, an Australian actress. But it wasn't to be. Now about to hit 50, settled back in England, and in a long-term but stale relationship with Claire, Adam is surprised, when out of the blue, Angelina gets in touch via email. What starts off as a bit of harmless flirting and wistful reminiscence, takes a complet ...more
Dash fan
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The Best of Adam Sharp is a book about life, relationships and the one that got away so to speak and plenty of great music.

Adam is in a long term relationship with Claire. Their relationship is just ticking along but there just doesn't seem to be a particular spark between them anymore. It's as if they are just going through the motions of everyday life.

That is until one day Adam receives an email from an Ex and it's all about to change!
Angelina is Adams "one that got away"
By hearing from her s
Jennifer Blankfein
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Best of Adam Sharp is like a fantasy that materializes; the story of wishful thinking from a middle aged man in a status quo relationship with an adequate job. In the story, Adam’s lost love of his life, an Australian actress, gets back in touch with him after 20 years and he is faced with the decision to stay in his ho hum relationship with his ok wife or to pursue his old flame to see what would b
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3.5 stars

A love story. Adam, Clair, Angelina and Charlie, from their youth to middle age. The confusion of young love, the remembrance of young love, the question of rekindling young love. After 20 year marriages two people question whether they missed their true love of 20 years before. What starts as a simple email ends up in two couples realizing what they can and cannot forgive.

I listened to this story on audio book. It was read by David Barker and actually became my reason for really enjoy
Tony Shaw
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to get a proof copy of Graeme Simsion’s new book “The Best of Adam Sharp” and I am equally delighted now to share my thoughts on it.

First of all, it’s different. Different from pretty much anything I’ve read before, and certainly different from Graeme’s previous “Rosie” novels. Indeed my advice if you’ve read those two books is to approach Adam by trying to forget that you loved Don Tillman, because if you come into it with the expectation of getting more of the same, then you’ll
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for my honest opinion. Favorable review was not guaranteed.
(Time taken to read does not reflect on how much I enjoyed the book... I simply was worn out and didn't have the energy to read as I would liked... always sucks when that happens haha. Taking on other books didn't help but that was the main culprit.)

I actually loved this more than the Rosie Project (and that one is one of my favorites).. it didn't take me long to warm up to Adam a
Connie G
After twenty-two years apart Adam Sharp gets an e-mail from a former lover. Their flirty e-mails become a regular thing so he's constantly thinking about his lost love. Two decades earlier, Adam had been an IT consultant in Australia playing a few tunes on the piano in a neighborhood bar. Angelina, a beautiful actress, joined him singing at the piano. That was the start of a three month affair before Adam had to fly away to the next consulting job.

Now Adam is living in his native England with hi
LeAnne: GeezerMom
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Guys don’t generally, in my experience working in a male dominated field for 20 years, get overly emotional about past loves. Or maybe they do, but just never tell others. Even their platonic besties like me.

Simseon gives us the inside track on just this thing. His novel is a love story told from the perspective of a middle-aged guy who recounts meeting and falling for the love of his life 22 years earlier. As so many Facebook relationship tags say, it was indeed complicated. It took place on t
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*4.5 stars
Graeme Simsion, the author best known for The Rosie Project is back with a bang with his new novel, The Best of Adam Sharp. This novel is a significant shift away from the comedic Rosie series, taking a darker and deeper emotional look at the idea of rediscovering a lost love.

Adam Sharp is the main protagonist of Simsion’s latest book. He is a forty something IT developer by day and by night he loves pub trivia. He also enjoys indulging in his other life passion, the piano. Adam has be
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, a complete letdown. This story is almost the complete opposite of, "The Rosie Project." It's easy to write about misery and missed opportunities in life and Mr. Simsion chose that route for this story. The humor is minimal, the writing lame and the story, pathetic. 0 of 10 stars ...more
Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings.

Overall rating : 4*
Writing skill : 5*
Characters : 4*
Plot: 3*
Setting: 4*

Having previously read The Rosie Project I was really interested to read something else by Simsion so requested this immediately. However, me being a total flake I left this untouched for 3 years, big mistake. This was really quite good. His writing is flawless, he transported me
Roman Clodia
Definitely a book of two halves: the first section is what I expected from Simsion - a cute and feel-good romance as nerdy Adam meets soap actress Angelina in Melbourne. Skip forward twenty years and Adam's let himself go, is in a tired relationship with Claire and only comes to life in the pub quiz... until Angelina emails him out of the blue.

The second half of the book, set in France, took me by surprise as Adam goes to stay with Angelina and her husband and the story takes a racier turn (view
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had high hopes for The Best of Adam Sharp, having read and hugely enjoyed The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. I'm pleased to say that this novel didn't disappoint - but I will say it's a different kind of book to the other two.

The story is an interesting, enjoyable read which explores relationships and the idea of 'long lost loves'. The main character, Adam Sharp, is quite likeable - though he makes some questionable decisions at times (though a
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Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in forty languages. Movie rights have been optioned to Sony Pictures. The sequels, The Rosie Effect, and The Rosie Result, were also bestselle ...more

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