Polly James' Would Like To Meet is being released on June 30th by Harper Collins UK/Avon. Thanks to NetGalley I'm getting to read it a little early and snuck it onto my 20 (or so) Books of Summer list along with several other ARCs. I was originally intending on having a fairly ARC-free summer but I'm weak and it just looked so good!
Could the worst thing that’s ever happened to Hannah Pinkman also turn out to be one of the best?
She and her husband Dan have reached the end of the line. Bored with the same gripes, the same old arguments – in fact, bored with everything – they split up after a trivial row turns into something much more serious.
Now Hannah has to make a new life for herself, but that’s not easy. She’s been so busy being a wife and mum that she’s let all her other interests slip away, along with her friends. And when Hannah is persuaded to join a dating site, her ‘best match’ is the very last person she expects it to be . . .
A clever, funny and poignant novel about life after a long relationship, the importance of friendship, and rediscovering your identity.
|As always, Friday 56 (share from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader. The top quote is from the beginning of the prologue. The bottom is from page 56 of the epub I received from NetGalley.|
It honestly didn't take long for me to fall in love with this book -- in spite of the fact that it also didn't take long for it to rip my heart out of my chest, jump up and down on it while wearing stilettos, and then run over it with a big truck. Lots of laughable moments, too, but by the time I was half-way through my work shift and almost half-way through the book (quiet nights = lots of reading time), I was a wreck.
The split between Hannah and Dan just seemed so sudden and out of the blue even though I had read the description and knew it was coming. It's also one of my greatest fears in life -- that some day it'll just be a "eh, let's not do this any more."
Big huge emotional trainwreck of a wreck.
Hannah is so well-written and everything she goes through is so well laid out that I had to keep reading .... and reading .... and crossing my fingers for that happy ending.
Of course, I'm not going to tell you if there is one. I'm just going to tell you that it's definitely worth reading to find out. Just make sure that you have a box of tissues and a comforting cup of tea nearby when you do.