”You used to be only two colors. Maybe three, on good days,” Laurel said, as if she were drawing me in crayon. “Now you’re all of them.”
Love how this got straight into the story, author didn’t bother feeding us extra details we didn’t need, which was great!
The short chapters definitely make this feel like a really quick read. It’s not a particularly long book but because of the choppiness of the story it felt like it was even shorter (in a good way). I liked how the chapter names started with days and then changed to certain events within the days. I think this was a very clever literary technique – with Jim, the days were just days, one after the other, nothing notable happened. Without Jim days were separated by what happened within them, because life was becoming more meaningful.
Although there were dark themes in this novel, this is actually more of a feel-good kind of novel as it’s about overcoming your darker past and looking towards a brighter, happier future. I was really setup to think this was going to be a fast paced, edge of the seat thriller, which it was, for about 20% but then it became this beautifully slow paced reflection-on-life kind of story.
Each character in the story was presented beautifully and it was really easy to be pulled into the story and lose yourself in the characters and their lives.
I hate the term “women’s fiction” – 1. Men can read this kind of stuff if they so desire. 2. I’m a woman who loves American Psycho and other horrible, gory, grotesque kind of novels, don’t claim this as my type of book by sticking a gender onto it’s genre… But this book kind of does fall into that lovey-dovey dreamy happy go lucky category that “women’s fiction” is associated with… and I did enjoy it for a while.
Towards the end, this novel does become quite romantic and mushy, which isn’t my cup of tea but it was more tolerable than some of the other stuff I’ve read, but it had me a little bit bored. But it was still a sweet little read, Laurel was very cute – ”’It looks happy,’ she said quietly. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier fireplace.’” Also, sometimes the way sentences were structured had me a little confused and I sometimes got a bit lost with the storyline, I guess the choppiness of the chapters may have had something to do with that.
I was quite upset by the ending to be honest, but I guess the ending was the ending this book was most worthy of. It was refreshing and heart warming. Overall, I was unsatisfied with this book in the end, I enjoyed it to begin with, but it wasn’t my kind of book at all.
Thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.