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Main Characters Not Really Likable

Libby is a young British writer who has had a crush on an American actor for a very long time. She comes up with the idea of writing a book and sending it to him, hoping he’ll be so enthralled with it he’ll want to collaborate with her to make it a screenplay. She does write the book, and he in fact does invite her to Los Angeles to collaborate.

I had a hard time getting into this book and caring about the characters. Chapters alternate between several characters in the first-person present. As I got toward the end of the book, I wondered whether that unusual tense was part of what made me not be able to immerse myself in the story. Unfortunately, much of the book seems just to be telling about events, with significant blocky sections of paragraphs, not showing them through dialogue and action. The whole tone of the book just came across as strange to me. It didn’t help that I didn’t particularly like either of the main characters, Thom or Libby. Both suffer from a certain degree of narcissism and selfishness. Libby doesn’t realize the effects her actions have on others. I also found their age difference to be a little off-putting. The end of the book seemed off to me as well, and it just seemed to come out of nowhere.

I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.