I don't like doing review posts. This is what I have learnt from the ones I have done. I do want a way to enthuse about a book to others and encourage others to take a look at a book they may have overlooked. To be honest, everyone and their mom has heard about this book, I'm sure. It's on all the shelves: in bookstores, at the supermarket, and it's being reviewed in every other paper and magazine. So, I don't think I'll really be bringing a new book to peoples attention today. It might be a book that has been overlooked, though, simply because it is everywhere.
Why should you read this book?
Because it is such a wonderful story. It is funny, it is relatable, it has mystery and romance. And you won't be able to stop reading the damn thing. What more of a reason do you need?
What makes it different from any other book?
Everything? This is not just a book... it is an M&S book. Sorry, no one outside of the UK will probably get that joke. But, essentially, what I'm trying to say is that this book is better than other books, it has that something extra that is hard to find in books. Also, it's set in Australia. The author is Australian, can't say there are many books from Australia which people have heard of. But, I'm not exactly worldly in my reading habits, so, please, prove wrong.
It's not really my usual type of book, I don't want to read it
Well, that's very narrow minded, but I know what you're saying. I am quite eclectic in my reading habits, so this appealed to me. But, for those of you that normally read specific genres, or prefer to stay in you reading comfort zone, because you know what you like so don't tend to stray outside of it. All I can say to you people is please, give it a go. It really is a book I think everyone can enjoy, because one of the main themes throughout the book is feeling like you don't fit in. Now, I know that is something we can all relate to. The main character, Don, feels like people are continually expecting others to confirm to their expectations and to a rigid set of standards. Something he was never able to do, so he adapted himself so people were more accepting of him without actually conforming to the standards themselves. I know I have felt like I don't fit in at times, and that I cannot meet people's expectations of me, imagined or real.
Now, I've run out of questions that may be posed against reading this book. But, seriously, read it! You'll enjoy, trust me. It's good.
Until next time.