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'The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's 2017 hit, the appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine' The Sunday Times
'Wonderfully funny and astute' Red
'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing' Emerald Street
'Legal battles, lapses of logic and the jo
The Cactus is a book that comes with such a visually stunning cover, it is filled with flourishing cactus plants, set against a shimmering metallic background and I will admit that it won me over instantly. I also adore the cover tagline that adds further embellishment to this already spectacular cover. The Cactus is comes with the cover quote “It’s never too late to bloom”. Self acceptance and life changes at a mature age are the central themes tha ...more
Die Charaktere in diesem Buch sind alle glaubhaft und liebevoll gestaltet.
Vor allem mit Susan konnte ich mich vom ersten Augenblick an identifizieren: ich mag auch keine Menschen. Ich mag keine Überraschungen oder plötzliche Ereignisse. Ich habe gerne Struktur in meinem Leben und die Kontrolle. Wenn also irgendetwas diese Struktur stört oder gar kaputt macht bin ich zumindest erstmal mit der Situation überfordert. (Das hat natürlich alles seine Gründe, auf die ich hier jedoch nicht näher eingeh ...more
The contents of the book certainly do not disappoint either. Yes, we can certainly judge th ...more
THE CACTUS was my latest listen and it was a great one 💗 I adore quirky characters and this one has that PLUS family drama PLUS love ~ highly recommend to fans of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman and “Something Like Happy” by Eva Woods 😊 Both of those are excellent on audio as well, BTW!
I was engrossed, enthralled, so vested in Susan's life and what was happening to her. What a well-rounded character and how well the author fed the reader the pieces of Susan's past that made her such a prickly character. Her voice was perfect and really made me laugh at her little observations - I could picture the expression on her face as I read her thoughts. So cleverly written and such a lovely warm-hearted story. LOV ...more
I loved every chapter. But the character can get to be a bit too bitter at times. She's a new kind of lol.
Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
And please, please, never ever spell "bin" instead of "been", it does not add any quirkiness to the speech, it just looks stupid.
I have to say this book did not live up to my expectations. From the blurb I expected some quirky, humorous, emotional story, very cleverly written, but it turned out to be pretty average on the enjoyment scale.
Susan is 45. She lives alone and lives her life whichever way suits her best. She is smart, in full of control of her ...more
Susan Green is very, very set in her ways, most definitely on the autistic spectrum, When we meet her at the beginning of the book, her mother has just died provoking very ...more
That is until she not only finds herself pregnant, but she's also forced to deal with her mother's sudden death and contesting the will against her good-for-nothing younger brother.
Susan is now faced with a lot of mayhem in her previously ...more
The main character, Susan Green, is very set in her ways! She's very independent and likes her own routine and seems at odd with the modern world around her at times. She is a fan of ...more
Though the one thing that bugged me was the use of the word Mom when it was set in England
Firstly, I absolutely HATE it when books are compared to other books/characters etc and when the Sunday Times said “‘The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman’s 2017 hit, the appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” I try to take it with a pinch of salt and read it w ...more
Susan controls every aspect of her life. At forty five, she lives alone – as she likes it – and has a very regimented routine. Her colleagues, by dint of being human, annoy her – well, let’s be honest – most things annoy her. She fails to understand why everyone doesn’t follow her example of a strict routine and maintain a compartmentalised and – in her mind – perfect life.
As this story progresses, ...more
I loved the originality of the character of Susan, and her distinctive voice, and I particularly loved the way that Haywo ...more
Overigens denk ik niet dat dit het zoveelste "Asperger is eigenlijk best grappig"-boek is.
The Catus is a brilliant read, following main character Susan who is so interesting to read about. She is a very independent, confident person who has firm beliefs and a fairly unique way of interacting with other people. We see, throughout this novel, some of the reasons for the way she behaves around people, and although at first I couldn't imagine ever wanting to spend a significant amount of time with her, by the end of the book I could really appreciate ...more
As Susan’s life changes, she faces a loss, from this loss, she begins to see all of her relationships differently and finds herself opening to new experiences.
I enjoyed ‘Cactus’, Susan is a memorable character, however, at first, I did not connect to Susan, not that I’m perfect in anyway, we all ha ...more
This book was a joy to read!!! Charming and delightful but not sappy or mushy.Like the surprising sabra, a sweet fruit that grows from the prickly cactus, our protagonist Susan is a bit thorny and sharp on the outside but inside she’s full of pure, satisfying originality. Susan’s voice was reminiscent of another unique protagonist, Ele ...more
Susan Green, our main character, is struggling with the loss of her mother and her own news that she will be becoming a mother after her own unplanned pregnancy.
When she discovers that her mother's will favors her brother over her, ...more
“Io mi definisco una donna autonoma e piena di risorse. Ciò che mi manca in termini di relazioni personali e familiari è più che compensato dalla mia ricc ...more
Susan Green is the cactus, a spiky, brittle, dry kind of woman, in her 40s and not known for her laid-back attitude in the office:
"I've noticed that the quantity of beverages consumed during the working day greatly exceeds the number necessary to keep a person properly hydrated."
With her elderly mother and feckless brother safely at a distance in Birmingham, Susan enjoys a staid life in London in her immaculate flat ...more