Title: ghosts.

AUTHOR: Dolly Alderton.
GENRE: Romance, Women’s Fiction.
PUBLICATION DATE: August 3rd, 2021.

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • A smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says “I love you.”

“An absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere … feels like your very favorite friend.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & the Six

Nina Dean is not especially bothered that she’s single. She owns her own apartment, she’s about to publish her second book, she has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and enough friends to keep her social calendar full and her hangovers plentiful. And when she downloads a dating app, she does the seemingly impossible: She meets a great guy on her first date. Max is handsome and built like a lumberjack; he has floppy blond hair and a stable job. But more surprising than anything else, Nina and Max have chemistry. Their conversations are witty and ironic, they both hate sports, they dance together like fools, they happily dig deep into the nuances of crappy music, and they create an entire universe of private jokes and chemical bliss.

But when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she’s been trying so hard to ignore: her father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse, and so is her mother’s denial of it; her editor hates her new book idea; and her best friend from childhood is icing her out. Funny, tender, and eminently, movingly relatable, Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.

Thanks to NetGalley and Knopf for letting me read this book prior to its publication. My opinion is 100% honest, unbiased, and my own.

This is one of those books that I finish reading and then I’m not sure whether I have liked it or not. When it started, it gave me a similar vibe to when I read “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, but like a diluted version of it. Nina’s voice in this book doesn’t have the same kind of presence as Bridget’s.

The first chapters of the book felt quite disconnected, and that made me think that the book would be composed of independent chapters where Nina would talk and reflect about different ghosting experiences. But no. Suddenly the story found a way to tell a lineal story that didn’t have enough strength as to make me feel something about what Nina was telling.

I couldn’t connect with the characters at all. Sometimes I felt I could either shake them or slap them silly. It probably has to do with the age gap between them and me. I always have a hard time trying to connect with millennials.

The only subplot that I liked was the story of Nina’s dad. That part of the book was dealt with great care and it really made me feel for them.

The secondary characters didn’t add much to the book, and some of Nina’s actions by the end felt too random and convenient. It was a weak resolution to a conflict that could have been used in much better ways, because the result was anticlimactic.

Overall, entertaining book if you like to read about the love life of millennials and about how they deal with different kinds of ghosting in life.

So, for all of that, I give this book… 3 TEA CUPS!

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