I came across this book during my work day - a nice lady called Anne was holding it and as I looked at the title of the book, I immediately thought of ABBA. Back in the day, my best friend Helen and I used to pretend to be Agnetha and Frida and all these years later I am still a major fan, so I just HAD to get my hands on this book and read it too.
Despite the lines of ABBA songs all the way through it, and a storyline about a lady who really wants to see ABBA reunite in Stockholm, this book is not light and fluffy, it has far more depth than that. It is more of a book about four friends who have gone their separate ways since school and whose lives couldn't be more different if they tried. It is about how hard the teen years can be for some people and the directions people's lives have taken. It is about family, love, respect (for yourself and for others) and many other things. It doesn't shy away from the hard stuff either.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I really did. There were lots of "oh yes, I can really relate to that" moments all the way through it. It is probably because I am a similar age to the characters and that I have had my share of trials along the way; whatever it is, there is a good reason that I read this book in one day :)
A highly recommended read from me, 4.5 stars.
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I happened to be recovering from an operation when I started reading this novel but it soon cheered me up. I read it in under two days and was sorry to finish it. All the characters are so well drawn, and despite the very complex issues that are dealt with, the story flies along. It has that "what's going to happen next" feel about it. I found myself rooting for the characters, shedding the occasional tear and then laughing out loud. 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' is charming, witty, and full of plot turns that will keep you guessing but above all it really is a celebration of the power of friendship.Can't wait for the next one...
Knowing Me Knowing You touches on the lives of a host of characters. Each one transitions through their lives for better or worse in a realistic and well thought out way. Brian dares to touch on real issues facing real people like domestic abuse and bullying with a sensitivity that educates the reader but he does so with a delicate touch so the story unfolds naturally. I see snippets of many people I know in the characters. Maggie the courageous battling cancer, reconnecting with her children and finding her voice again. Dee, the one who everyone thinks has the charmed life when you look at her, but look a little deeper and you will see so much more, including her heartache and insecurity. Cassandra who risked a life of loneliness to become the woman she always knew she was. Daniel who has spent his life drifting slightly unsure of himself who finds an anchor in his life through his son Noah. An enjoyable read wound in the wonder of an Abba song.
I haven't been reading recently because of "this and that". this book was just what I needed. I really cared about the characters and looked forward to when I could open up my kindle to find out more. A sign of a good book is when you go to bed tired but are still reading over an hour later.
I read and re-read, 'The Forced Redundancy Film Club', Brian Finnegan's brilliant first book with its excellent set of complex and engaging characters so I knew his next book would be a 'must read' for me. I managed, with difficulty, to save it for my holiday and I'm glad I did because once I started it, I couldn't put it down! Once again Brian has managed to create a diverse group of characters whose lives you find yourself becoming involved with and having opinions on! He is unafraid to tackle sensitive and difficult subjects with humour and realism. This is a book you will read and want to read again!
Having recently read, and loved this authors first book 'The Forced Redundancy Film Club', I was delighted to discover a second was available. 'Knowing Me Knowing You' has a great story of friendships lost and regained and tackles complicated issues in a moving and realistic way. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked! When the characters stay with you all day and you begin to worry about them, you know you are reading a great book! This would make a fantastic book club read as it would promote some interesting discussions about some of the challenges faced by the characters such as cancer, domestic violence and the eye opening emotional rollercoaster experienced by one of the characters and the impact this has on his family (I won't say anymore as I don't want to give away too much!) I can't wait for number 3!
This book is a fabulous tour de force. I started it yesterday at 11 a.m. and reluctantly finished it in bed last night. I loved every page turning moment of Know Me, Knowing You by Brian Finnegan. The characters are perfectly drawn, the research is thorough and the plot had me gripped by the throat - in a good way. Finnegan is a very fine writer who expertly weaves a story in a way that enthralls, entertains, horrifies and challenges. This book is the 'must read' for the Summer of 2013. I suspect it will have a long shelf life. Can't wait to see the movie.
Read this book in 2 sittings, now I wish I hadn't finished it so soon - woke up this morning actually missing Maggie and co. This is a writer who knows what he's doing - huge variety in people and places, characters of flesh and blood...Any chance of a sequel?
Just before I went on Holidays Brian Finnegan was on a TV morning show re Knowing me Knowing you. I was just about to set off to Crete on holidays (looking for book to bring) And said that's the book to bring. The perfect book choice , nice easy reading , Really enjoyed it.