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WHO NEEDS HUSBANDS LIKE THESE?
on 14 March 2009
This was my first experience of Adele Parks and I thoroughly enjoyed it when I read it....then I read it a second time and was disappointed.
I tried to like Laura, I really did and felt a little sorry for her, but her naivety and, at times, dullness, irritated me.
Laura goes on and on about how wonderful, kind, generous, funny and intelligent her 'friend' Bella is, but reading how they first met.....I wouldn't have made the effort to speak to the snob again.
Laura is particularly naive when it comes to Bella, who she describes as 'intelligent'. Being rich, reading and being able to throw lavish dinner parties does not make you intelligent!! The woman has no ambition to work and is kept by her husband while she floats about being 'posh'. Shallow doesn't cover her.
Bella is a selfish, boring, snobby, cowardly back-stabber, why did she bother marrying Philip??
The friend in the middle is Amelie, who we are told Bella feels pity for as she lost her husband Ben, apprently this makes Bella feel lucky to have Philip (funny way of showing it!)
Amelie is also irritating as she has no back bone and prefers to lurk in the background.
Stevie comes along, we are supposed to like him but how can you like a character who is so spineless and can't just tell Laura the truth from the start?? Te Elvis thing was also irksome!
To be honest I finished tis book because I wanted Bella and Stevie to be found out, and I was annoyed that Laura decided to speak to her again. You can enjoy this book but I felt annoyed all the way through it at the cowardly characters.
I recommend reading this for the simple fact that you will feel better about yourself afterwards.