I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released: October 16th 2018
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
“I got to about 28% through and I just lost all interest in his life and didn’t want to read anymore.”
~ Under the Covers
I don’t like to DNF a book. I’m not afraid to do it, but I don’t like it. I know that the book which I’m struggling to read is something the author, or authors in this case, have worked hard on. Sometimes though it can’t be helped. In this case I was completely disconnected to the characters and the story. The main character in this book is a man in his early twenties and recent transplant to New York and work for a magazine as a fact checker. He is clearly ambitious, he wants to leave the dead end of fact-checking and aspires to be a writer/journalist.
I think the issue I had was that I didn’t like him. He was ambitious, he wanted to write. But he had nothing to say. He didn’t want to write topical articles and change the world, or write because he felt passionate about anything. The only drive he seemed to have was to be recognised and go to parties. I just couldn’t relate to him. He was so shallow, desperate and self absorbed. I got to about 28% through and I just lost all interest in his life and didn’t want to read anymore.
In fairness to the book, this isn’t something that I would have picked up on the blurb alone. I picked this up as I adore the podcast The Pessimists Archive, for which Jason Feifer is the creator and host. I would highly recommend the podcast, which manages to be that magical mix of funny, informative and interesting. As for this book? It wasn’t for me.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?