Monday, 11 September 2017

Book Review - The State We're In by Adele Parks - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #68

Amazon UK
Title:  The State We're In
Author: Adele Parks
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 4th July 2013
Rating: 3 Stars

What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way.

She's a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he's a resolute cynic - cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone.

People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed.

Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it's when they get off the plane that their true journey begins... 

The writing was very good, clear and concise, and it was obvious that the book had to be building to something, however for the majority of my reading, I felt as though I was getting nowhere with it, and was struggling to get excited about continuing. 

Towards the end that all changed, when everything clicked, and wow was I annoyed when I ran out of train journey just as I was enjoying the book. 

However for me a great ending isn't enough, a story needs to capture and hold my attention throughout, and I think its in part that I struggled initially to work out who the characters were, and then as I got used to them realised I didn't particularly like any of them just didn't help. 

The book started with a couple of interesting chapters set in the past, outlining aspects of the two main characters, but not necessarily from the points of view that would follow as we got more up to date, so I felt a bit disconnected until I was able to place who came from each initial chapter! 

The odds are had I read this at a different time in my life, or even on a different day, I may have enjoyed it a lot more, and I hate to use a cliche (or destroy one) but "its not you, it's me"  

This was the first Adele Parks book I had read for many years, and it might be that if I was more in tune with her writing style I may have found this an easier and more engaging read. Fans of the author that haven't read this yet will probably enjoy it though. 

Thank you yo everyone that voted last week, it was good to read something that I had blatantly been ignoring on my kindle for ages, but ultimately, I can't help but wish one of the other titles had won.  So what will win this week? Take a look at the vote post and have your say! 


  1. I was away and missed voting this week but I'm glad this was the book that was chosen, because I know I read it a while back and I can't remember a single thing about it! Reading your review doesn't ring any bells at all so it's confirmed that I'm going to have to go back and read a few pages to remind myself why it made so little impression on me

    1. Thanks for your comment Jane. I have a feeling I will have forgotten it within a few days, . If it hadn't been the winning vote book, I probably wouldn't have got to the end.


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