Book Review: Incredibly whiny in the first half of the book, the protagonist, Darcy, does go through a metamorphosis halfway through, making the listen bearable. If I hadn't read reviews stating this, I don't think I could have finished it. If Emily Giffin only made the first half of the book more like the first 20% of the book, I would have enjoyed this much more.
Narrator Review: The narrator reminded me of a character from Mad Men - overly affected voice used by film actresses of that era. Somehow, she made the whiny Darcy even whinier. It took awhile for me to get used to her voice and I would have preferred someone who spoke more naturally.
Perhaps people who like a highly emotionally-charged book, but don't care for literary-style writing. Perhaps someone with children. But, honestly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I know.
It was bothersome how everything just seemed to be such a coincidence, but each "twist" and "turn" was really predictable. The characters the protagonist meets are too convenient to helping her in her story. So much so that it became annoying.
When she tried to create a scene that was light-hearted, or funny, (which the protaganist's best friend was supposed to do) it came off as cheesy, clunky, and unnatural.
The cliche critique of the wealthy and entire theme of the book being poor vs. rich also got old. There are plenty of well-written books about the plight of the poor that don't spell it out so obviously and simply, citing each time a person with any money does something terrible, or would do something terrible, and contrasting it with a person with little means doing something wonderful or having a good heart. It's as if the author believes the reader is too stupid to pick up on what she is trying to say.
Her voice quavered the entire time, whether the characters were upset or scared, or happy (which, admittedly, was rare). She over-acted, which got pretty irritating. She definitely varied her voices & some might say she did it well, I just didn't care for her voices & theatrics.
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