Book Reviews: Modern Lovers & I Found You

Modern Lovers By Emma Straub

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Goodreads blurbFrom the New York Times‒bestselling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college—their own kids now going to college—and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.
Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.
Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adults’ lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.
Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

My take: 2.5 out of 5. I loved the Vacationers so I was really looking forward to reading this book. However I was a bit dissapointed. Its not that its bad, its just not as strong as Vacationers. it was an easy read but one that wasnt very engaging. I really could not relate to any of the characters. They were a bit whinny and annoying. It could have been cool but it just went awry.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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Goodreads Blurb:East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.
Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel

My Take: 4 out of 5. I really enjoyed this book. In a lowbrow way, this is what a child would look like of a traditional Lisa Jewel book with Girl on a Train. It has the required sprinkle of romance, but with a little bit of mystery, and a well-developed storyline. The story changes between the two settings, and the past, and that could get tiresome but here it really works. It also sets the tone for unpredictable twists in a fast and enjoyable read. Although it might not surpass my favorite Lisa Jewell books as Ralphs party, Thirtynothing and Noe Hit Wonder are still at the top, it is well placed. It’s also refreshing that as many of the established “Chick lit” authors are kind of dialing it in, she is doing something fresh.

 

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