Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson


A heartfelt, funny, and all-together human novel about the best mistakes a person can make.

   Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
 But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.
It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers.
It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

3 out of 5 stars

This book perplexes me.  Part of me enjoyed it, part of me didn't.  There were elements that really brought it to life for me -- the humor, the "realness" of the situation, the fact that the family was most definitely dysfunctional and yet I spent a good part of the time trying to figure out what the point was.  
Maybe that was the point?  I don't know.

I loathed Johnathan, I have a love-hate relationship with Rosie...I absolutely adored Tony which I was not expecting to happen.  Soapie was a gem until she wasn't.  The ending...I was holding my breath until the very end hoping that it would turn out the way that I wanted.  

I'm not at all exaggerating when I say that I have no idea what to write for this review.  I read the book, I laughed at parts, I'm not sorry I read it...but yeah.  It didn't leave me with anything to talk about.  But I can't say that I didn't dislike the book, so there's that. **shrugs**

In fact, I know I have friends that will enjoy it and I probably should waited until they read the book and then let them write this review.

All in all, I guess I'd say if this book is already on your to-read list it is worth a try.  If your bookish likes and dislikes tend to align with mine,  I'm curious to hear what you think after you read it.  

Thank you to Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of The Opposite of Maybe in exchange for an honest review 


1 comment:

  1. This book sounds a little bit too old for me, but it also sounds quite charming. I don't think I'll read it though...