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‘Must read.’ The Sun
‘Intelligent and thought-provoking.’ Company
‘Insightful and laugh-out-loud funny but also serious and sad. The emotional mixture makes for an unmissable page-turner.’ New Woman
‘A witty read.’ Heat
'Fantastic! It's something truly different.Very amusing, insightful and thought-provoking.’ Chris Manby
‘Compelling and provocative… a cracking read’ Serena Mackesy, author of The Temp
From the reviews for TOASTING EROS:
‘Brilliantly observed…a reassuringly honest and amusing account of modern romance with all its ups and downs laid bare, it’s a must-read.’ Heat
'a funny and extraordinarily clever debut novel' Publishing News
‘A brilliant tale… Witty and wise’ B magazine
About the Author
Louise Kean is 26. A UEA graduate she is now a marketing manager at an international film company in London.
Top customer reviews
The title, the cover and the synopsis all hint that the book will be a light hearted read full of laughs. I found this to be completely untrue. Kean's treatment of the subject matter is far too dark for the book to be a comedy and by trying to infuse humour the result is unsettling and insincere. She completely misses the human element as well by creating characters so unlikable that I didn't care if they "made it" or not. I only wanted to bash their heads together.
I thought the part where Nicola and Charlie "hijack an old people's bowling green" would be the book's redeeming feature but in reality it's just a short tale of petty trespass and uncomfortable public embarrassment. It could have been a great scene. It wasn't.
The end left me completely disillusioned and betrayed. It prepared me for a treat and then slapped me in the face. I had invested time in a story that had done nothing but sap the life out of me.
Maybe it was never meant to be funny. Maybe I missed the point. Either way, I shall be avoiding Kean's other work. Life's just too short to risk it again. I know this book will appeal to some readers but I can't recommend it. I don't really even want to take it to the charity shop for the fear that some unsuspecting soul will pick it up. Oh well, at least a good cause will get another £1.30 out of it.
The main male character. Charlie, is a thoroughly dislikeable character and repeatedly acts disrespectfully towards the female Nicola and is possibly violent towards women; there is enough badness in this world without reading about idiots such as this.
It eventually grated with me that the main female character Nicola was so damn idiotic (yet intelligent and successful) to allow it; that I no longer cared for either or them, hence no point continuing.
Also the book repeatedly steps between present and past in what to me feels a rather clumsy fashion.
A great shame, especially as I was very impressed indeed by Perfect 10, by the same author; which I read some months previously. Don't waste time with it, buy Perfect 10, or possibly her other books are good; this one most certainly isn't for me.