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OK, but sadly not brilliant,
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This review is from: Can We Still Be Friends (Hardcover)
I was really looking forward to reading 'Can We Still Be Friends', Alexandra Shulman's first novel. I'd read all the publicity, I liked the coming of age premise and I'm a child of the 80s... I expected this novel to hit the spot, and so invested in the hardback. Unfortunately I was disappointed.
I won't go into the plot as this was not especially remarkable. The major issue for me was that I found none of the 3 main women characters likeable, and as such really didn't care about their individual outcomes. Added to this, the constant label checking (which I know can be part of the scene setting, but was excessive here in my view), was quite wearing and began to feel like product placement.
It wasn't dreadful, but it wasn't the brilliant debut I was expecting either. Overall, I'd advise waiting for the paperback.
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Initial post: 2 May 2012 18:25:45 BDT
I agree. I read a sample on my Kindle and shall not be buying the book, no matter how cheap it will become in due course. The writing in the sample is competent in a magazine sort of way (given her background) but it is not literature. It seems it will make many women happy on train journeys or on holidays, though, so it has fulfilled its purpose in this respect.
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