missdandyreads's review against another edition
thebeardedpoet's review against another edition
This novel (received free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review) fell a bit flat for me. I like the idea behind it, but I never really felt compelled to dive into the story. The characters had their faults (well, at least the uncle did), but it still didn't feel like a fully rounded story and I never really believed in either protagonist. I felt like I was supposed to feel a whole lot more than I actually did. I don't mean to say it was a bad book, more kinda "meh."
That all said, it was an easy read of the sort that might fit a commuter looking for a simple book to pass the time. Two (labeled "it was ok" on at least one review site) to two-and-a-half stars.
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
during some moments i felt as though the book dragged on and wished it would cut the storytelling and get to the point but i believe this book is written for people who like to get immersed in emotional and atmospheric stories rather than for people like me who enjoy when the point is delivered in a timely manner without ebbs and flows between emotional standpoints and flashbacks and revisits of moments and thoughts.
Graphic: Self harm
shelfimprovement's review against another edition
Sooooo, I picked up this ARC off of Edelweiss based solely on the fact that I loved that first book so much.
I wanna start by saying that you shouldn’t read the marketing copy for this book because it kind of killed most of the suspense for me. I didn’t even look at the marketing copy until I was maybe 30 pages in and was really disappointed that I had. It gave away a plot point that I suspect van Booy wanted to be a little more of a surprise.
This book is about a young girl, Harvey, who grows up, moves to Paris, and prepares for a special visit on Father’s Day. The narrative bounces back and forth, exploring Harvey’s difficult childhood as present-day Father’s Day nears and Harvey plans a few surprises of her own.
This is meant to be a touching examination of what it means to be a father, as well as a rumination on topics such as forgiveness and second chances. But, for me, it was one giant cliché after another after another. The characters felt so very cookie-cutter, the situation they were in felt so overdone, and the writing itself didn’t sparkle the way I’d expect Simon Van Booy prose to sparkle. Reading this book was a bit of a drag, and I found myself disappointed, struggling to keep going. My interest honestly petered out about 2/3 of the way through the e-galley. Sorry, Simon.
rcollins1701's review against another edition
iprobablywontlikeit's review against another edition
But no. We're going to use two-dimensional characters. We're going to use dry prose with short, choppy sentences. And most egregious of all, we're going to make it boring.