Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review: The One We Fell in Love With

Title: The One We Fell in Love With
Author: Paige Toon
Publisher: 1 January 2017 by Simon and Schuster (Australia)
Pages: 416 pages
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: womens fiction, chick lit, romance, contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 cups


Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with.

My Thoughts

‘Don’t know what it was about Angus that drew all three of us to him. There was clearly something in his chemical make-up that was like a drug to us.’

Rose, Eliza, and Phoebe, identical triplets, who fall for the boy next door. Chick lit for sure, however, I’m having trouble rating this book - swinging between a three and four star. Whilst it is interesting to read from all the varying points of views, with each of the girls having strong voices, I found some parts difficult to swallow.

Firstly, the book was just way too long and it is quite slow in parts. I was not expecting the BIG twist though and that helped elevate it above just another ordinary chick lit read. I did not see ‘it’ coming and almost missed it (in fact, given the poor structure and amount of irrelevant information, I had to go back and check what I had just read!) but it did lift this tale above your garden variety chick lit. But boy! Does this book get bogged down. For me, I was just not interested with the ins and outs of bread making or mountain climbing etc. You may well be.

Also, not only does the tale alternate between each of the sisters viewpoints, but also different time periods. You need to concentrate when reading (not something I necessarily like to do when chick lit reading) and the change is never necessarily overt. This also makes it a bit disjointed - which sister? what timeline? Were they being sulky teenagers or was this in their late twenties (still sulking?) Sibling rivalry is rampant in the Thomson family when it comes to their taste in men, or should I say,  one man in particular. However, the sisters are different in almost every other way and with a major plot twist, ‘The One We Fell in Love With’ is an above average read.

‘Can’t you see how screwed-up this is? Let it go. Move on. I plan to.’

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release

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