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I was expecting a book like A Man Called Ove: flawed but decent human being working through the difficulties of life. This is not anywhere near that level of story/character development. HOURS of somebody complaining to no end and acting like they are far better than everybody around them. This woman has so many people and so many resources to help her through a difficult time, and all she does is complain.
And the ending? I can't believe that people love this ending. It's more "okay, I'm done writing. What backstory can I give character X to tie this all up in a pretty bow and make people want to like my main character?" Nope.
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I had a difficult time at first adjusting to this book. I think it was probably because I had just finished an edge of your seat, page turner, titled Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy. The contrast between Meloy's writing and narration and the style and tone of this book was surprising. It was kind of like coming abruptly to the end of one of those moving sidewalks at the airport. One minute you are flying along and the next minute you are struggling to recover your stride.
Don't get me wrong, Timmer worked hard to make this a feel good story about quirky but overly involved and extra-caring people. To me, parts of the story were a stretch when it came to believability and probability. The whole idea of the term "defectives" used in relation to the characters in the story gave me pause. Also, at times the narration became a bit over the top.
All that said, this was by far the best Kindle First book I've tried. In the end I felt engaged enough by the story and the characters to stick with it and finish the book. Not a roaringly positive recommendation, I know, but a solid three star listen. You might like it.
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