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Us by David Nicholls
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Douglas and Connie have been married for a small eternity. They’re about to become empty nesters once their son leaves home and Douglas is excited to start a new chapter in their lives. Connie is excited about starting a new chapter too . . . she just doesn’t want Douglas to be included in her book any longer. With a family holiday already planned and booked, Douglas sets his sights on changing Connie’s mind and winning her back. But is that even possible when your relationship is pretty much dead in the water?

“After nearly a quarter of a century, the questions about our distant paths have all been posed and we’re left with ‘how was your day?’ and ‘when will you be home?’ and ‘have you put the bins out?’ Our biographies involve each other so intrinsically now that we’re both on nearly every page. We know the answers because we were there, and so curiosity becomes hard to maintain; replaced, I suppose, by nostalgia.”

I’m waaaaaay overdue on writing a review for Us and I’m not quite sure why since I quite enjoyed this book. I love a good ol’ “paint by numbers” type of romance every once in awhile, but I really dig the type of realistic fiction (that’s a thing, right?) written about in this novel. Being someone who has been married for infinity myself, it’s nice to see a story deal with real issues. I loved this premise of taking a journey to discover where everything went wrong and realizing that maybe it was never right. I loved how I couldn’t make any assumptions about what was going to happen. And I loved Douglas. If you’re looking for a book that will bring you some raw emotion and a lot of relationship realities, Us might be the book for you.

Oh, and if this becomes a movie PLEEEEEEEAAAAASE let Ricky Gervais play Douglas. Please?????

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ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

September 25, 2014 – Shelved
September 25, 2014 – Shelved as: arcs
September 25, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
September 26, 2014 – Started Reading
September 26, 2014 –
12.0% "Is there a chance I might actually like two books IN A ROW????\n \n \n \n (What has two thumbs and watched the "Saved By the Bell" movie on Lifetime this week? THIS GAL!)"
December 17, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
December 17, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Debbie "DJ" (new) - added it

Debbie "DJ" Love your review. Another one on my TBR. I like the "real" stuff, will have to get to this one soon!

Shell The Belle AAhh - yes I can really see this struggle in so many marriages/long relationships all around us all the time - I dont know if it's because life is so much easier now, and that because of that people are looking for more excitement in their every day lives, and coupled with the fact that most of us are living much longer, maybe to an extent people outgrow each other more now, I dont know. It is very sad in a way.

I might add this - but then again, maybe I'll stick with YA/NA where the magic is just beginning!! :D D D

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