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The Patchwork Marriage Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of fourteen novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe,Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb, The Patchwork Marriage and The Accidental Husband. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.
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Andi, the stepmother, with whom I suspect you are supposed to feel empathy, is self centred, and not at all likeable. She is desperate to become a mother but has no concept of what motherhood entails, she has an idealistic idea of family life with no idea that parenting involves taking the rough with the smooth. Her lack of understanding in parenthood means that she does not understand the guilt her husband feels at the break up of his first marriage and the effect it has had on his elder daughter, having said that he really is a wimp and needs to "grow a pair"!
Emily, the protagonist of all the troubles is actually quite believable as a troubled teen affected by her parents marriage split but that does not make her a pleasant or likeable character.
There are a lot of descriptive passages in this book which are well written but add nothing to the story other than a break from the constant arguments and angst.
Finally, the "happy ever after" ending does not sit well at the end of this story, almost as if the author got fed up of all the arguments and decided enough was enough.
I struggled to the end of this book purely and simply because I had "binned off" too many rubbish books recently (all by established authors) and it's getting expensive, but I think this is where Jane Green and I part company.
I was only looking for a light, entertaining read for my holiday but found this really hard going. I found it hard to have any sympathy or empathy for any of the characters - Andi comes across as being very whiny and needy, Ethan is infuriatingly weak and Emily is just obnoxious. They are obviously intended to be flawed characters as the story arc takes you through their development and growth but for me these flaws were accentuated too much, as though the author was worried that the reader wouldn't understand their role in the story. It also seemed overly sentimental in places, characters either seemed to be screaming at each other or perfectly in love, and some of the dialogue felt like it would be more suited to a self-help book than fiction characters.
It's not all bad, as I kept reading, but it wasn't the most enjoyable story and I didn't feel satisfied when it finished. I've felt this way about the last couple of Jane Green's books, not just this one, so perhaps her new style isn't for me.
But I really found the constant exploration of relationships American style tedious and it had me rolling my eyes at times.
Disappointing from someone whose comparisons between USA and UK I have always found colorful and interesting .
The plot line of this book is so drawn out, making it boring and difficult to read. The characters are one dimensional and stereotypical. Andi, the stepmother, is extremely annoying, spineless, drippy and hard to like. In fact I disliked Andi so much, it caused me to feel sorry for Emily who is supposed to be some kind of devil child (although I personally didn't think she was THAT bad.) Ethan, the father is just bland, boring and unrealistic. There are other characters too, for example the neighbours and Andi's friends but they offer nothing to the story other than a break from the repetitive arguments that are re-hashed over and over and over again.
I wish I knew when I'd purchased this book that I was parting ways with my hard earned cash in exchange for a load of psychobable, flat characters and ridiculous cliches. Sadly this book has Jane Green's name on it, thus people will continue to purchase it.
Avoid at all costs.