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on 25 August 2017
Jonathan Tropper is a very visual writer and it is not surprising that he is wrote the screenplay for this novel. All the elements of a rom-com are here - love, relationships, dysfunctional families and aging, with many set-piece scenes that are easy to imagine transferred to the screen. Somewhat formulaic, but competently written, well constructed and plotted, and with an ear for dialogue that only occasionally gets out of hand. But it's a tired formula and Tropper doesn't bring anything new to it. The protagonists are all stereotypes rather than fully-rounded characters, and there is a certain inevitability about the narrative and ending. There are some clever one-liners, but on the whole the humour descends into farce a bit too often.
All in all it's a light-hearted romp, but unfortunately, although I can occasionally be light-hearted I rarely enjoy a romp, and so this book is not for me. A little less crudeness and a little more subtlety would have made it a better book, but even as it stands it has at least some merit.