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Sunny (yes, this is very American - I disliked her already for her name) has just turned forty and is forced by said best friends to put together a list of forty things to do to shake up her dull life - including sleeping with a scriptwriter on whom she has a crush...
Really, there are no surprises in this tale but the genre relies on attractive characters for whom we can root - sadly, I didn't feel that about either of our protagonists. However many times someone is described as 'charismatic', I need to witness it for myself in the book rather than just taking the author's word for it - and that didn't happen here.
So sorry, this isn't meant to be much more than a light and fluffy rom-com but I found the whole thing rather charmless, flat and dull.
Elisa Lorello handles this with a deft touch, the central characters are both forty/fortyish neither are having much self-confidence, but generally are quiet likeable folk so from the instant of their accidental meeting and their swift quirky division you are turning the pages wishing them to get together again, even if their intermediate choices or foibles are being annoying, which of course is just how ordinary people are.
Sunny Smith comes with two sort of stock friends, a fraternally bossy gay man (also her boss at work) and a single woman of similar age whose mission in life is to see her friend hitched up; actually both are made quite believable and realistic in that there are tensions and fallings out.
Danny Masters has demons and a teenage daughter he is devoted too, realistic so far, though at this stage the idea of a celebrity script and screen-play writer with a devoted fan base I found a bit difficult to accept (and I am sure will cause a wry smile amongst many in that profession), however maybe I am being a bit nit-picking.
Being in very unfamiliar territory I would not dare to fit this book into any particular genre for fear of getting it quite wrong. A love story in an ordinary recognisable world is as close as I dare. I must admit a number of the social references were American so I missed out on the nuances, and as for the details in shopping trips and makeovers, they truly lost me, but I got the gist.
Anyhow the reader will soon know where this is going, but so what? Enjoy the journey I'd say. Quite a refreshing change of reading for me.
This book felt like an updated version of that structure. It's set in America in New York State and in California. The age range has shifted to mid life and it's two key protagonists are both over 40 and come with baggage. It's a modern novel and distances barely matter, and the internet and Skype are used readily. It's a classic novel and the plot hinges on some large coincidences, necessary to bring the two protagonists together. The supporting characters are fleshed out enough to be recognisable and human. The main events are that a man alters his manner and a lady alters her thinking.
It's an enjoyable love story of two people both needing and wanting to find something. it describes well how lost they both are in their lives- how adrift from themselves they are, and how people help them to come back to the truth of who and what they are. One of the characters- Danny Masters has great success but some inner hollowness. The other character Sunny is more grounded, but rather unambitious. The supporting cast goad them into getting their acts together, and finally the characters meet...and its a disaster. The rest of the book is about how the initial attraction remains, and how events work to bring them back together eventually, after a long, winding and interesting series of diversions and false starts.Read more ›
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This book is beautifully written and the writer tells a good story. Once you pick this up,you will not want to put it down. Great story from beginning to end . Read morePublished 10 months ago by Monarch Butterfly
Sunny has to get her life in gear; she is forty and still works hidden away in the stockroom of a bookstore after a trauma caused by the end of her marriage. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. J. Saxton
This book is about two people- Danny Masters, a successful writer who is also a recovering alcoholic and Sunny Smith, a great fan of his. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mimi Moore
Although this wasn't one of those "mushy" love stories I found it to be quite predictable. It's taken me quite a while to read it as the thought of correctly predicting the next... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Caz
A chick-lit romp,set around the heroine's 40th birthday, and involving a list of 40 tasks for Sunny (our heroine) to do, to shake up her life. Read morePublished 14 months ago by catherine
I read this book quite quickly, its an ok read but I think I was expecting something different than what I got. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kash
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