I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 2nd 2017
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017
From the #1 bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, an unforgettable new novel about lost love and second chances
On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.
But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?
And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?
I fell in love with The Rosie Project but book two, The Rosie Effect did not quite reach the same standard. I figured I might as well give Graeme Simsion a chance, especially after how great book one was. This book has nothing to do with the others but I was hoping his writing, and romance, would be similar.
I am so glad I did. This was amazing! There are some tropes in this, mainly cheating but in an odd weird sort of way. There is so much that I do not want to give away, but trust me, if you are the type of reader that immediately walks away because of cheating, stick with this one. It is worth it.
Quite a lot of this book is surrounded by music. I loved the soundtrack. It is mostly 60’s and 70’s Beatles and such but it makes sense how Graeme interweaves these songs. Adam is a pianist and he meets Angelina while playing in a bar. Their whirlwind romance is based around these few moments. But just like people in their 20’s do, they move on and realize they have to live in the real world. That is until you’re about to turn 50 and you’re wondering if you made mistakes.
Both Adam and Angelina are left with a choice. Both couples are fine in the sense that maybe they would have been better off had Adam and Angelina gotten together in the first place, but maybe not? This entire book goes back and forth through their remembrances of each other and how life currently is. It’s a lovely look at how emotions can change and how they get fonder through the years.
Again, just to reiterate, I stuck with this because I really enjoyed reading about these characters. This is not your average guy or gal cheats on husband or wife. This is completely different and a little insane, but worth the read!
|Overall:||5 / 5|
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