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2.0 out of 5 stars
Two whimps and a letch, 19 Oct 2007
I think one of the main goals of an author is to ensure that the main character in the story is someone that, although you don't necessarily have to like, you can empathise with or at least, respect.
The main character in this book is 29 year old Laura. I spent half of the book getting annoyed and exasperated by her because she was just so annoying!
There is one part of the book where her partner is upto his eyeballs preparing to win a bid for his business. He's living, breathing, eating and sleeping his work to get this project completed. So what does Laura do in the middle of all this? Goes home all exciting talking about how great it would be if they went off to a foreign country for a year and did some volunteer work..eh???Then she is upset because he, surprisingly is not for the idea.
I wasn't sure if I was supposed to sympathise with her over his negative reaction but I just thought 'well serve her right for such a dumb idea, in the circumstances. What did she expect?'
Then there is her realtionship with the older man. It wasn't drawn attractively and didn't come across as anything special or beautiful. The older lover kept 'sucking' her all the time which just kept bringing up awful images in my mind of a dirty old man clamping his false teeth around young firm flesh!! UGH!!
Laura seemed to have no mind of her own and was buffeted by events. She was madly in love with Adam, the young partner, and wanted it to work. During a trial seperation they are texting eachother and it looks like being back on till the older guy admits his feelings and before you can say 'put your teeth in' she is madly in love and emboiled with him and Adam is now completely forgotten.
Adam is completely forgotten until the older man tells her he doesn't think they should stay together then , again, wham! she's suddenly now wanting to go back to Adam because she loves him...what?????
The start of the book is him being accused of euthansia but the author never really goes into this to explain why the accusation was made and who made it. It made it seems like it was just a big story to start with and whet the reader's appetite but it just faded out.
It may be an age thing. I'm 43 so perhaps my perspective on Laura is different than someone in their 20's. In your 40's you generally know your own mind and direct your life how you want it and you also realise the world doesn't revolve around you. Laura clearly hadn't reached that stage and so the enjoyment of the book was eroding by being irritated by the main character.
Only read this book if you like weak soppy 'women', randy old men and weak sad sap boyriends.