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message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Oglesby I'm with you ... I wanted to get right up in Connie's face and tell her that you do NOT join forces with your child to make fun of his father. For the love of God! It's no wonder Douglas couldn't develop a relationship with Albie with Connie denigrating him at every turn. Argh!!!


message 2: by Nora (new)

Nora Dowse Totally agree!


Reeka (BoundbyWords) Nancy wrote: "I'm with you ... I wanted to get right up in Connie's face and tell her that you do NOT join forces with your child to make fun of his father. For the love of God! It's no wonder Douglas couldn't d..."

UGH, I KNOW right? I understand that this book was obviously written to garner these types of reactions (I hope, else, what the hell?), but it just rubbed me the wrong way.


Reeka (BoundbyWords) Nora wrote: "Totally agree!"

Thanks! I am completely off of David Nicholls now. I've despised all of his work thus far. He's just not for me.


message 5: by Alison (new)

Alison Baxter I detested Connie and Albie and I don't think that was the intention of the book. I thought they were both monsters of selfishness. Albi at least had the excuse of being a crazed teenager - Connie was a terrible wife right from the start. Let's not forget that she has an affair 6 months into the marriage - she shows her stripes early on. He should have dumped her then.


message 6: by Nora (new)

Nora Dowse I borrowed "One Day" from the library and enjoyed it sufficiently to buy a kindle edition of "Us".
However, like others on this thread, I found the characters of self-obsessed Connie, over-indulged Albie (incomprehensibly nicknamed "Egg"), and wimpish Douglas, so irritating that I lost interest. It was an effort to finish the book and I ended up skipping sections to get to the denouement


message 7: by Angela (new)

Angela Schultz I could not stand Connie and Albie - but kept reading waiting for something to happen to make me like them...never happened.


message 8: by Christine (new)

Christine Connie was my main complaint, she was just selfish, awful woman...at least Albie was a teenager, and he came around at the end, but Connie...yuck. Good riddance


message 9: by Nora (new)

Nora Dowse Yes! My impression was that the author intended us to admire Connie as a model of an assertive "contemporary" woman. However, she came across as self-obsessed and irrationally biased towards her son at the expense of her husband.


message 10: by Mian (new)

Mian Completely agreed. Connie was an absolutely terrible parent and the son is a spoiled brat, especially since she and the family depend financially on her husband's successful career that they like to mock. Like ok, if you're so against him working for an evil corporation then maybe don't spend his money on European vacations. Also the fact that she went back to the ex-boyfriend who apparently was cheating on her with many women is not going to end well for her. After a year or so, that whole thing will go bust and she'll want what she can't have again.


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