My rating: 3.5/5 stars.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I had great fun reading this book! Not a lot happens, but I’m a hopeless romantic who was pulled in by the main protags’ quirkiness.
Beth aka Bridget Jones with a filter: I loved Beth and found her completely relatable. I totally agreed with her reasoning and shyness.
Jennifer was the more funny and interesting character, however sadly she was more of a support-role than main character. I highly valued Jen’s views on marriage, pregnancy and feminism. It wasn’t overbearing and for me, I was so glad to finally see a woman who wasn’t focused on having, or even liking, children.
Lincoln was the shining star in this book (for me), and I loved his character development. It was subtle yet profound. His backstory was heart-breaking but also reminded me of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.
Just to be clear; this is not a love triangle. Well, at least for these three anyways^.
I mostly valued how this book represents long-term relationships, whether they fall apart or grow stronger, and whether it’s a waste of time to spend on somebody who you’re not going to end up with.
This plot is achingly slow, but worth it. Now don’t get me wrong, my favourite work by Rowell is Eleanor & Park, but this was really great to read now that I’m older. Plus, the 90s nostalgia was certainly enjoyable, and barely mentioned mainstream highlights!
There’s something like 82 chapters in this book! Holy heck! I barely even noticed since I gobbled it up. For the majority of the book, you either see the email/chat log of Beth and Jennifer, or you see Lincoln’s bystander reactions. The emails flew well and you could barely tell they were script-like.
I can’t find the quote but there’s a time when (view spoiler) I can’t find the exact quote.
Too short IMO, but I get that Rowell was building up to her “meet-cute” moment.