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I really wanted to enjoy this book...
on 27 February 2013
Barry Shaw is stepping from one paving stone to the next when he bumps into Sandra Wiggins, who has also been trying to avoid those dangerous cracks in the pavement. They fall in lust, and later in love. They live fairly crazy lives apart, and together the crazy continues, aided and abetted by work colleagues and sundry animals.
After a truly wonderful opening sentence and amusing prologue I was disappointed by the story that followed. I really wanted to enjoy this book, along with all the many delighted readers on Amazon, and I'm curious as to why it didn't work for me.
First off, I couldn't identify with Barry and Sandra. Actually that's not strictly true, I could identify with many of their fears and quirks, but the characters remained two-dimensional. The idea of two dysfunctional people getting together is full of comic potential, but I didn't find that this potential was fully realised. Some of the situations and the dialogue felt forced. I knew I was reading something that was meant to be funny, but I wasn't laughing.
However, I think what really let this book down were the basic spelling and punctuation errors. Each time I came across one, it took me right out of the book. I'm sure I would have been able to enjoy it more if the story had been given a good edit and proofread.