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Not overwhelmed by it!
on 24 May 2013
I saw the reviews for this book and decided to give it a go and I have to say I'm disappointed!
I didn't think the story telling flowed particularly well - there seemed to be some anecdotes inserted in places where they really didn't fit which made the story a bit disjointed, in my opinion. Almost as if the author had too many stories to include but didn't really think about how they would fit together and in some places just sort of breezed over details which would've made the story more interesting, funny etc.
The book felt like it started off with real life stories (I could certainly relate to some of them, being a 30 something woman living in London!) but then seemed to mould into fiction with the move to Tenerife and the events that followed. I'm not sure if this style is the reason but I didn't laugh out loud once and felt the whole story had an air of unhappiness about it, even though there were some potentially funny situations. The writing just didn't do it for me unfortunately.
Obviously there were some happy and some sad parts to it but again, they weren't emotional enough to provoke an actual reaction. It just all felt a bit monotone, despite hearing the regional accents in my head!
Not the best book I've ever read, but also not the worst.