My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’ve never read a book by Weisberger before, though I have seen the popular movie based on her debut novel. I didn’t know if she would actually have talent or if she was just another snarky person whose success came from vilifying people she knows. Well, I figured it out. She does have some talent, and if she works on it, she might one day write truly great stories.
She did a great job with the characters. I felt bad for Brooke at times during the story, but also felt that she was just as much to blame for her relationship problems as Julian. She was as uncompromising and had just as many unrealistic expectations as her husband. Of course, I could just as easily say that about many real world people who expect their friends and family to be perfect or to always do the right thing, and who view themselves as being infallible. Basically, they were very human. The fact that Weisberger made the characters so human was actually charming. Most writers don’t do that.
The actual story development was the part that I felt was lacking. Weisberger was telling a story about how a relationship basically falls apart and how you realize how much you love someone who can’t always be there, but she would skip ahead and never complete some scenes. It was almost like reading a summary of what happened, instead of a story. That part was the most disappointing thing. If she could have made the story more complete in that one aspect, then I think it would have been a lot better.
The book was far from perfect, but chick lit is never exactly highbrow entertainment. There were parts of the story that were lacking more than others, but it was a fairly fun (sometimes sad) read. It could have been better, but it could have been worse. Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to someone who wanted a book that didn’t require a lot of thinking.