The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.
Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life changing. Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started.
Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past.
When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far more different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined. Back home in Ohio, Kyle has a shotgun wedding and starts a pediatric practice in suburban hell. While Kyle's dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows. As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions.
I'm Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.
©2016 Theresa Rebeck (P)2016 Recorded Books
Upon first glance, "I'm Glad About You" might seen yet another in a long list of "chick lit" books. However, reading it will eventually prove that, much like show business (which permeates the novel) there is more beneath the surface. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered about the paths our lives take and the choices we make along the way.
This story was odd for me. There weren't any characters I found myself routing for...no real protagonist. Just okay. Wouldn't recommend.
Story just never made it out of the valley. Enjoyed the Cincinnati references and did hit on poignant dangerous problems with our health care system.
What will stick with me the most is the whiff of anti-semitism in this book. For some reason, the only Jewish character in the book is a doctor with a yarmulke who the author goes out of her way to disparage. In addition, the author makes it quite clear that the hospital in which this doctor practices is under Jewish auspices and terrible. Why make the doctor and hospital Jewish rather than leave religion out of it? It makes no sense and leads me to a charge of anti-semitism.
That said, there is nothing compelling or interesting about the characters. Overall I did not enjoy this one.
Seems like petty bleak point of view of life - going for and making dreams come true unfulfilling, doing right thing for church and family unfulfilling. Voice talent did weird elongation of last word of each line by all female characters that made them sound like whiney valley girls. Unsympathetic characters - perhaps on purpose so don't feel bad for them in end ...?
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