without question a MUST-READ book.
There is nothing easy about reading this book. In fact, I had to put it down many times because I was crying too hard. But also one of the most rewarding reads ever. Through all the heartbreak and tragedy, there is this overwhelming sense of hope and never giving up. Jessie is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever encountered, and she had me adopt NEGU as a motto.
Reading about this amazing and remarkable young girl inspired me to give, be more mindful and spread hope around me in whatever small or big way I can.
I was disappointed in this book and DNF at about 20%. I loved the description, and had high expectations for a fresh, honest and funny look at dating/relationships in mid life. Instead I just felt alienated. I didn’t connect with the book at all, and I didn’t find it very funny. I just didn’t relate at all.
This is just my personal experience. The book has many great reviews, which tells me it’s appreciated by many.
If I hadn’t read previous books by Tudor Robins I would have loved this book more. The other books I’ve read were so amazing, that the bar for this one was very high. And unfortunately, I didn’t like this book as much for one reason: Chris. It was so annoying that he was so oblivious, I wanted to shake him and tell him to wake up and see how amazing Tilly is. I guess Tudor Robins just portrayed a realistic picture of a young man growing up, and I (as a bystander looking in and with a lot more life experience) can see things he can’t.
So me being annoyed by Chris isn’t the authors fault. She has the amazing ability to write about emotions and make you feel what each character is feeling and thinking. This is an amazingly well written book, with a very authentic voice for each individual character. That deserves 5 stars and a high recommendation, but if I’m honest, I can only give 4 stars, because there were a couple of times where I had to put the book down and walk away due to my frustration with Chris. That impacted my overall enjoyment of the book