One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
I quite enjoyed this one by Jojo Moyes, and it was the perfect rebound after the last few duds that I’ve read!
Jess is a single mom to two kids who are very much unique. Ed is a tech-guru who isn’t exactly brilliant at reading between the lines. Norman is, well, Norman!
While romance is/was expected, One Plus One tells more of a tale of sticking by family no matter what. Jess is a fierce advocate for her kids and puts them first no matter what obstacles are in the way, and Ed, while slightly disconnected from his own, pulls himself together when he needs to and does the right thing.
One Plus One is an easy read that you don’t have to take too seriously. It was a little slow to start, but overall it was put together just fine. My main question is – how the heck does one lose track of $5K and not even realize it? Certainly Ed isn’t that well off, is he? I at least didn’t get that impression.
I also really thought Norman could’ve played a bigger role than he does near the end. I get that he was supposed to provide a bit of a comedic relief, but there just wasn’t enough there. Blame it on my inner dog-lover, I suppose.
My rating: ★★★★/5 stars
A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell
Look, I’m a firm believer of reading books before watching their cinematic counterparts, but something tells me that I should’ve skipped this read by Darcey Bell and went right for something that was more visually appealing, in the forms of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
To say A Simple Favour was a bit of a dumpster fire is nearly an understatement. Not a single character was likeable; Stephanie was dumber than a bag of hammers, Emily is manipulative beyond comprehension, and Sean … well I couldn’t remember his name until I Googled it.
I wanted to hurl every time Stephanie mentioned her blog. (I’m well aware of the irony.) And I hope Emily will be able to afford the best therapist she can for Nicky in the future.
A Simple Favour is simply full of so many “What the F–?” moments that I don’t even know if I want to watch the movie anymore. I hope Kendrick and Lively were forced by some production company contract to make it, because I can’t imagine either of them voluntarily signing up for these rolls.
My rating: ★/5 stars
It’s Not You It’s Him by Sophie Ranald
Okie dokie. I read Sorry Not Sorry last summer and had made a mental note to read this one as it was a follow up/through with Tansy and Renzo.
Do I regret it? Not really, but the real question is, did I enjoy it?
It’s Not You It’s Him seems to have a LOT going on. Getting back with an ex, drama at work, drama at home … I had a hard time staying interested because not a lot of detail went into all of the drama going on, very similar to Sorry Not Sorry.
Dissimilar to Sorry Not Sorry, I actually ended up disliking Tansy’s character. She’s rather self-centred and only cares about getting her (apparent) douche-bag boyfriend back so she can be well-to-do. *eye roll* Really, it shouldn’t have taken the entire storyline to figure that one out.
My rating: ★½/5 stars