The Rule Book, Jennifer Blackwood
I liked the sound of this and it was a fun read, nothing too in-depth, but light and relaxing. The storyline is a bit “cutesy” and predictable but its lifted by the humour, not laugh out loud stuff, but one liners that gave me a quiet sniggers.
Lainey and her roommate Zoey were a great duo and I love Lainey’s full on approach to life, the way she stood up and fought – not knuckled under the pressure. She wasn’t mouthy, pushy or any of those types that irritate but she did value her own worth. Brogan was a bit…meh TBH, I liked him but he wasn’t the most solid character, a bit of a lightweight it seemed to me. For the owner of a top company he was easily fooled when things went wrong. and quick to cast blame rather than investigate. . I did find it hard to believe he had cookie ingredients in his home – well, the choc chips anyway given he didn’t bake….but that can slide.
What I did find hard to take, and it comes up again and again in stories is the “bravery in battling cancer” line. I’ve had cancer and got past it – bravery doesn’t come into it, you just do what you can to survive. Sadly many family members haven’t been so lucky, husband only a few weeks ago died after being told he’d got cancer 10 days before – he didn’t get time to “battle”. Mum did have treatment but still died, Nan didn’t get chance for treatment, two brother in laws and one sister in law also died. None of them “gave up”, they all wanted to live and this bravely battling cancer theme suggests that survival is all in the battle – well its not, its just chance and good luck 😦 and I Hate Seeing This Line. Anyway, that’s my rant over…
If you’re looking for a fun read, a light story that will make you smile and feel good at the end this book is for you. Its not a heart stopping, drama filled read – I love those but sometimes I’m in the mood for something simple and easy, that doesn’t need too much thinking over what happens. this is perfect for that time though not one I’d reread.
Stars: Four, a fun. light read.
ARC supplied by publishers and Netgalley