Thursday, 7 November 2013

Review: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson

 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.

ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Broadway Books 

Kristine's Thoughts:

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was a joy to read. With a cast of unique, quirky and likeable characters and an honest, heartwarming and sometimes humorous plot this book had it all. 

What I really enjoyed about this book is that it was real. Rosie, the main character, is a 44 year old woman who doesn't have the perfect life and is nowhere close to figuring it out. It shows that we all have problems to solve in life regardless of how old we are. She had to deal with her commitment phobic boyfriend and separation after 15 years, an unplanned pregnancy, an ageing grandmother and feelings for another man. I enjoyed reading about how she handled each and every situation that was thrown at her.

Dawson uses quite a bit of humour (mostly sarcastic) which had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions and had my husband thinking that I was crazy. I could totally relate to a lot of the humour because it was what the characters were thinking versus speaking which we all do. Numerous times I found myself saying (to myself) that I would think the exact same things. There are many serious issues in this book but Dawson managed to add humour in a way that was perfect and blended flawlessly.

There is a huge cast of quirky characters within the pages of this book and I found myself liking almost all of them. Each of them were dealing with their own set of serious problems and it was interesting how they all connected to Rosie and her huge list of issues. I just have to add that I absolutely adored Tony!

This is really a story about Sophie's journey of self discovery and coming of age so to speak for a 44 year old woman. I laughed, I cried, I got annoyed and most importantly I got lost in the pages. A very solid 4.5 stars from me and a new author for me to explore!

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