"Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail.
Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story."
Before | Leanne's choice this month; it was on offer at Tesco and isn't a book I've spotted on one of my many trips to Waterstones. I'll admit it's a little more chick lit-y than I usually go for, but the fact that it's written by a man means I'm hoping it'll be a little different to the norm. And to be honest, the blurb does sound quite good...
During | The book was easy to read and had decent sized chapters (something of importance to me! I hate huge chapters). It was fast-paced and had a decent storyline. In fact, it was refreshing to read a rom com that starts at (and focuses on) the beginning of a relationship, rather than the typical break up >> meet new bloke pattern. It's really hard to discuss here though without giving anything away! There's a pretty big piece of news in the first few chapters which shapes the narrative of the rest of the story.
After | One of the reviews on the back cover throws in the words "funny, sad honest and heartbreaking....an emotional rollercoaster ride" and for the most part I'd say that's true. I didn't like some of the characters (such as Fisher's best friend. He brought out a bit more of Fisher's human side but I felt like he cluttered up the story of Fisher and Ivy...controversial!) but there was a bombshell at the end which left me feeling quite empty. It was interesting to read chick lit through a man's eyes and perhaps get an insight into the confusion and uncertainty of a new relationship with a lady. I'm so used to it from a woman's point of view, I enjoyed turning that on its head. There are no unrealistic rainbows and butterflies in this book - just a heavy dose of infatuation, love and realness! Not my favourite ever book, but not the usual romantic trash either. A good one to read in between 'heavier' books, or to take on holiday.
Next month....Us by David Nicholls!