Book: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Genre: Chick Lit
Author: Claudia Carroll
Very sparkly and girly cover, apt for a chick lit. I HEART it!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder…doesn’t it? What happens when two people decide to take a year off…from each other? Annie and Dan were the perfect couple. But now the not-so-newly weds are feeling more like flatmates than soul mates and wondering where all the fun and fireworks went …When Annie lands her big break in a smash-hit show…that’s heading for the bright lights of Broadway she’s over the moon. Goodbye remote Irish village of Stickens and hello Big Apple! But with their relationship already on the rocks, how will Annie and Dan survive the distance? They’re hitting the pause button on their marriage. One year off from each other – no strings attached, except a date to meet at the Rockefeller Centre to decide their fate. Will they both turn up? Or is it too late for love? (Courtesy: Amazon.com)
Just like the bubbly cover and the witty title, I was expecting the novel to be full of laughs and a gripping read, as suggested by many reviews I read on Amazon (Now after finishing the novel, I am wondering how it got so many rave reviews). I bought this book in paperback thinking it would stay up on my shelf in the corner where I keep the books I like to read and savour again and again. But after reading the complete novel, I have to say I was disappointed to an extent. This is the first book I read of this author and it failed to impress me in a sense that I may not be impulsively buying any other novels of her.
It would be wrong to say that it is a total crap or utter waste of my time. I did enjoy the way she introduced the characters in the first chapter, putting a hilarious spin on a not-so-good situation: that Annie’s husband Dan does not give her the attention and affection which she deserves and demands. Since the novel is written from Annie’s point of view, you get the feeling that it does get boring after the second chapter, with her constant whining and grumbling about Dan’s time-crunch and workaholic attitude along with her complains that their in-laws who interfere a lot in her house, where she thinks that she should be the boss.
After the author establishes the basic plot, she does not take it further, her witty jokes and impulsive heroine are not enough to save the story from getting redundant in the middle and then utterly predictable near the end. The theme of long-distance relationship, was good to begin with but sadly, the writer did not fully explore it through Annie’s story. A mediocre read which lacked the depth and maturity of a skilful writer.
As far as the other characters are concerned, none of them were so unique or affable so as to stay with me after I finished the book. The only character which I found likable was of Jules, her sister-in-law, who in a way is Annie’s true friend. In my opinion, she is the only fully-sketched genuine character that left an impression on me, with her heart of gold, her immature but lively attitude and her quirks and flaws.
There are annoying slang words which the author keeps on using every third paragraph in the novel. I do not understand why she twists their spelling, for example, instead of “fuck off”, she uses, “feck off”, for the word “shit”, she writes “shite”. Does it have anything to do with the fact that Annie has Irish accent? Then there is the irritating recurring use of the words “anyway” and “anyroadup”, which spoils the reading fun and pissed me off totally!
I personally did not find the repeated mention of “constipated goat” and other aweful diseases (in relation to Dan’s work as a vet), to be pleasant. Maybe because I am not too fond of a hero who is a vet or to be honest a doctor, but that would be my personal choice, other readers may find it completely tolerable and even fun.
Overall, it was a mixed experience for me but since minuses outweigh the plus points of this book, I would have to say, it is not my cup of tea. I would prefer a Jill Mansell any day of the week for a quick session of light humor coupled with a strong grip on the story, than opting for this!
Review Girl Rating: 6/10
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