Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I’m usually not a huge fan of chick lit. Boy and girl meet, fall in love, and then there is a happily ever after. There is rarely ever suspense. The reader knows what’s going to happen. We just read through to the end to see it happen, while we relish the cute moments that weave their way throughout the book.
This one was different, and I might add much better.
The story takes place over a twenty-year span and the reader watches as on the same day each year the two main characters (Em and Dex) keep in touch (and sometimes fail), all the while living their lives. The two characters have sweet moments, but more often then not we read as they stumble along in life and find their purpose. We see them at their highs and their lows. We read as they triumph and they crash and burn, and we care more as we are reading that they succeed as individuals than that they meet and fall madly in love. They do not fixate on love or finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. Instead, they focus on themselves. The reader watches them as they grow as individuals and find their own places in the world.
I am looking forward to seeing this play out on the big screen.