Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
This book gave me serious Bridget Jones’ Diary vibes. The movie, at least, I still haven’t read the book yet. I know, I’m in trouble.
The book opens with Laurie musing about life, love and work, about how love at first site only happens in the movies until it happens to her.
You’re reading this and probably thinking it’s got to be one of the cheesiest things that you’ve heard, wondering how it hooked me from that moment and how I managed to keep my eyes from rolling.
The moment is sudden and unmistakable, it’s shy and sweet while Laurie has tinsel in her hair. She’s vulnerable and hopeful when she meets the eye of the stranger at the bus stop. There’s this chemistry surging through the page, it’s unexplainable. Then, he’s gone. Moment over. Her perfect man, her soulmate lost to the world.
Laurie doesn’t let it go. She holds out hope to find her perfect man and has all but given up until a little over one year later her best friend Sarah introduces her to her new boyfriend. Jack. The man has a name and he’s dating Laurie’s best friend.
The story is filled with twists and turns, each year touched upon showing how the trio have grown together and possibly grown apart through all of life’s challenges.
There’s a lot of cursing and some fairly crude comments of the sexual variety when we’re bouncing around the two points of view, Laurie and Jack, but it works. It’s in the spirit of Bridget Jones’ Diary and leans into that fact without feeling like too much of a copy. The characters are all fully fleshed out, frustrating at times, but also very sweet. It takes you through the various relationships and you really feel like you’ve seen these people grow before your eyes.
If you like rom-coms, pick this up.