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on 2 May 2014
Let me first say that I loved, loved, loved the first book. I have re read it many times and will do so again in the future. The interaction between the main characters as well as all the characters in the book was just wonderful. I therefore bought the second book with a great deal of anticipation and the first few pages had me believing that this book would be as wonderful as the first one. Well for me I found it a huge disappointment.
I know that every review that the book has had so far is 5 star, but I just don't see it. I so wanted to love this book as much as I did the first one, but there is something missing in this book that the first book had in spades. Usually when I see only one less positive review in amongst a sea of positives, I just assume that the many are more like right than the few. So feel free to ignore what I say.
For me the effort made by the author to try and recreat the wonderful dynamic of the first book came over as forced. It is always hard to write a sequel to a love story that already has its 'happy' ending. The insecurities that were endearing from Susan in the first book just became annoying in the second. The situations Jenna got in to to help drive the insecurities in Susan that made up the story, I found frustrating and came over a simply a number of set pieces to limp the story along. Unlike the first book that had a steady story progression leading up the happy ending, I laughed out loud at many of the situations described, who could forget the bathroom scene, there was nothing like this in the second book. Attempting tired humour concerning mishearing what is being said through deafness, just isn't funny. And you so know what is going to happen when they start sending each other 'risky' photographs over the internet.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, I love the author and as I have said, the first book is one of my all time favourites, but for me, this one just did not gel. I am sure others will continue to enjoy it and it was nice to meet the wonderful characters again. Now a third book about the escapades of the two of them working together, allowing for the wonderful one liners that were on the first book, I would probably enjoy.