Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Book Review - How Do You Know? by Meredith Schorr

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Title: How Do You Know?
Author: Meredith Schorr
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Review copy supplied by ChickLitPlus
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: 2nd December 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars

What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach? 

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number. 

In this mature coming of age novel, Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women’s fiction, digs deep and raises the age old issue of the ‘proverbial clock’ that haunts many women,in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.

I have a weird feeling I am around 8 years too young to fully appreciate this book, on the grounds that I'm just into my thirties and not quite dreading turning 40 yet. However I can see where Maggie Piper was coming from for the entire book, and I was engaged in the story. 

There was a lot of self-doubt in this book as to whether Maggie had done the right thing of breaking up with her boyfriend of 3 years, and whether she really knew what she wanted in a relationship. She was definitely scared of the big "four oh" and you were reminded of this fact fairly regularly, while discovering her life in he 39th year. 

There are assorted dating mishaps, general clumsiness, a group of very good friends, a close slightly unconventional family, and quite a lot of fun to be had while Maggie tries to work out what she really wants from life. 

I enjoyed reading this book, and the story was good, I just felt like it could have been more gripping, and could have hooked me in a lot further. 

This is a light hearted, amusing romantic comedy, by an author I would like to read more of.

Thank so Chick Lit Plus for this review copy. This was my honest review. 

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