Archive | May 2015

Book Review: Right Click by Lisa Becker

rightclickLove. Marriage. Infidelity. Parenthood. Crises of identity. Death. Cupcakes. The themes in Right Click, the third and final installment in the Click series, couldn’t be more pressing for this group of friends as they navigate through their 30’s. Another six months have passed since we last eavesdropped on the hilarious, poignant and often times inappropriate email adventures of Renee and friends. As the light-hearted, slice of life story continues to unfold, relationships are tested and some need to be set “right” before everyone can find their “happily ever after.”

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A copy of Right Click was received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Right Click is the final book of the Click Trilogy, bringing an end to Renee and the gang’s lives, told solely through a series of emails. While I think you could easily slide in and enjoy each installment as they are, I wouldn’t necessarily consider them standalones because reading the three in order will definitely give you the upper hand in knowing each person’s personalities and their backstory.

As mentioned in my previous reviews of this series, I found myself skimming over each email heading and getting right to the root of the information being given. While it was my own fault for not reading the full text, it did make the conversations difficult to follow when trying to figure out who was talking to who. But as I began to get a feel for each character, it became easier to pick up who was the sender and made the body of the stories flow more smoothly.

Right Click takes up right where Double Click ends with all the fun, witty and quirky banter between the friends. However, there were a few surprises along the way that added to the enjoyment of the story, as well as, some sad and tense issues that really drive your emotions. This is a story where each of the characters grow, some you instantly fall in love with (Shelly) and some are hard to take but in doses (Ashley), but we all have friends like this, which is what makes this comical tale so believable.

A different style of novel, but one that is still every bit as good as your normal chaptered book, The Click Trilogy breaks up the everyday norm with a unique storyline that leaves you laughing, crying and turning each and every page to know what’s going to happen next. I couldn’t put this one down!

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Book Review: Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

sixmonthsGraham Hope had it all – a wife, two perfect children, a detached house in the suburbs and a huge TV. Until today. He now has an ex-wife, lives in his parents’ spare room and gets the kids and the dog at weekends. He might be lost and lonely, but Graham is not a victim. Six months from today he will be forty-three. He vows to sort this mess out by his birthday. He gives himself six months to get a life. Will Graham play a meaningful role in his boys’ lives? Will his mates take him under their wing? Will he move out of his childhood home? More importantly, will he ever have sex again? For Graham, failure is not an option.

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Is there is such a thing as man-lit? If not, this is it. Although, that isn’t exactly true, because as a woman, I very much enjoyed Ben Adam’s debut, Six Months to Get a Life.

I was truly genuinely surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Told in diary form from the perspective of Graham, a forty-two year old divorced father of two, I wasn’t sure how much real life details could be given when one is essentially talking to themselves. But, Adams’ smooth writing style gives a refreshing spin on this unique storyline.

Sometimes brutally honest and not so likable tale of life after divorce, Graham Hope finds himself stuck in a rut and unhappy with where his life has led. Working a job that seems to be going no where, living with his parents and bitter over the split and shared visitation arrangements of the kids with his ex-wife, he sets about to make changes and gives himself six months to get his life back together. Included in those goals is to dip his toes back into the dating pool.

While at times, Grahams self-loathing could be annoyingly frustrating, I also found his uncertainty to be endearing and truly believable. He’s had some setbacks, some of which make him bitter, but he’s man enough to recognize it and push forward to try and work past his issues. You can’t help but like him and find yourself reading on because you want to see how his story ends.

I hate giving away spoilers, I do, but I just have mention that there was one aspect of the story that really irked me. Throughout the book, Graham never mentions his ex’s name and always refers to her as “my ex.” This is just one of those pet peeves that really annoys me. So, I was beyond happy to see this addressed at the conclusion of the story and loved how Adams ties it in and addresses it.

A well written, enjoyable, contemporary drama of life after divorce, told in a witty and honest perspective, it’s a light and relaxing read that will leave you with a smile at the end.

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