A few weeks before I headed out into the big wide world with a Ford Fiesta stuffed to the brim with all of my junk, I lent this book to my mother. I didn’t know the specifics of the story line, just what the synopsis had told me. Mom, being as big of a reader as I am, and having just finished a good portion of her To Be Read pile, dove right into it. Now Young Adult fiction isn’t usually her jam, she tends to lean towards adult romance (Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, the Queen of Christmas Debbie Macomber, etc.) but having read the back she decided that it could be a pretty interesting story.
A few days later as we were having coffee, she held up the book and gave me a look that I can’t really explain. “Are you trying to tell me something? Are you trying to say that I’m an overbearing mother?” I adamantly explained that I hadn’t read the book yet and had no idea that the main character had an overprotective parent. This quickly became my lesson, just in case there are other subplots in a book, I will never again recommend a book that I haven’t read. The synopsis gives you a part of the story but definitely not the whole thing.
Upon actually reading the book this week, I can see what she meant. The main character has a doctor for a mother who is just a wee bit overprotective. That being said, she had gone through her own stuff and you definitely couldn’t label her as a bad guy.
Despite the book being an exciting read (I devoured it in two nights) and one that I would recommend to many many people, I will have to text or call my mother to ensure her that I didn’t mean anything by the recommendation. I draw no parallels between Pauline and my mom at all, but as far as the writing and story goes, this book was well written and charming. I will be looking into reading Nicola’s other book, The Sun is Also as Star.