Beautiful writing, abrupt ending, not enough insight into characters, too plot-driven. Memorable, but unfilfilling...I'm still on the fence.
The book was entertaining, but the story had gaps and characters weren't well-developed. Next time, I'll go with Tana French.
To my surprise, I really enjoyed this book because suburbia, in my opinion, doesn't always lend itself well as a good, non-cliche subject. His humor reminds me a little of Nick Hornby. I thought Perrotta handled his characters with insight and empathy, without sugar coating some of their banal choices, with a very funny turn of phrase and insight. I can't wait to read his other books.
You could hear the narrator's whistles and swallowing noises in the first part of the book, but then they receded. He probably had his mic on too loud. Oh well, I got used to it.
I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected vulgarity but this was very entertaining and not over the top. AUDIBLE, have her record her first book PLEASE!! It was a New York Times best-seller, apparently.
...You Know the Book is Superb.
This book turned me into a huge Sullivan fan. Gorgeous writing, refreshing plot, realistic characters, far from cliche.
I'm neither Irish nor from the East Coast, but Sullivan basically described my family and some of the people In my life-that's how nuanced and realistic her characters are. And that's why they are likable-because they are relatable, they are real. Sullivan's psychological insight into family dynamics and dysfunction is a real talent. She provides an unbiased view into characters' motives and motivations and reveals how simple misunderstandings and differences of character can develop into feuds and hurts, and also, how simply sometimes they can resolve- how funny life can be.
Caveat: The narrator spoke slowly and overly dramatically. I got used to her mid-novel though, so don't let that detract you from purchasing this.
Yes, as some of the listeners have pointed out, the narrator's take on the Southern accent was lacking. Luckily, those were a minor character's few lines. The rest he did beautifully-the main character's middle class British, the intonations of his ex-girlfriends, and he especially brought his employees' comical speech to life. I absolutely loved him.
Nick Hornby, of course, is brilliant. A listener commented that this novel is basically about men being pigs. That listener completely missed the point and took the book too literally. This is about how selfish and misguided we all can be in relationships and life-how at our most basic, we all ask-what's in this for me, can I get better? Hornby does this artfully, with British self-deprecating, practical, tongue-in-cheek humor, with great understanding of people and relationships, and with realism. You won't find corny sentimentality here.
One of my favorite books. Great writing, believable plot. Beautiful story, made me cry in the end. Not rom-com-y, which I hate in books.
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