I LOVED this So uirky well written and enuinely funny such a Cassidys Kids (Maitland Maternity, great escape from reality I enjoyed the format loved every single character even no especially the ones that seem hard to love at first I ll read this one again I picked this up from First Reads enticed by the uniue style and the claim of similarity to OveEleanor Oliphant Midway through I was picking up vibes of You ve Got Mail Unfortunately it fell flat on all counts The protagonist was unlikeable and stayed that way throughout The intended redemption arc was too short and didn t feel believable at all I almostave up partly through but I pushed on believing that it would Rescuing the Texans Heart get better It didn t DNF at 29%I have NEVER reviewed a book that I ve not finished but I couldn t with this one I m all for unlikeable characters because you normally see SOME redeeming uality but Fawnave me nothing I love an epistolary novel and the writing was fine and maybe Fawn would have Wrangled (Whitehorse, MT: Chisholm Cattle Co., gotten better but I couldn t stand toet that far I think the trope of the emails and messages back and forth wore thin uite uickly for me I found myself waiting to et started with the story for the characters to actually interact in person Sadly the only interactions that occurred were told to us afterwards which was a strange twist to me at least The protagonist Fawn is an unlikeable character who is a stranger to the truth self obsessed and self serving Strangely she is supposed to be from Norristown PA but she speaks in the British vernacular The humor which was what brought me to this book was mostly in a mean spirited style Fawn was the source of much of the humor but that kind of funny at someone else s expense is not really funny to me I was hoping for a light sense of humor but too much of it was negative Fawn has difficult relationships with her family and her drunken emails bear witness to her feelings maybe again some will find this humorous but it was not for me The book took a turn into darkness in the last third Fawn checks in with herself finally and makes some changes in her life The end lightens up again and some issues are resolved but it was all only ok to me I did think the. A heartening and uproariously funny novel of high hopes bad choices book love and one woman’s best and worst intentionsWithout uestion Fawn Birchill knows that her used bookstore is the heart of West Philadelphia a cornerstone of culture for a community that for the past twenty years has found the uirkiness absolutely charming When an amicable young indie bookseller inva.
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Ect with and just unkind to everyone around herI ended up skipping through and although Fawn s character did show development and we learn about her upbringing and why she is the way she is however it comes much too late at the end To be fair I probably missed elements of the story and character rowth due to the writing styleThird the plot was kind of boring nothing different from all other books with a similar concept Didn t have any stand out momentsOverall not for me but if you dont mind a book written in the form of emails texts and journal entries it will be easier to enjoy This is the 326th book I ve read this year and by far the worst This was my December selection for First Reads because it should have been a book I enjoyed There s a bookstore a cat and told in letteremail format all things I love However Fawn is both an unreliable narrator and a truly terrible person She is a pathological liar and does not seem to understand basic decency When a competitor opens a new bookstore on the same street I was rooting for him to put Fawn out of business I wanted to Un hros pour Rayne (Delta Force Heroes t. 1) give up on this book almost immediately but made myself read the entire thing in the hopes of finding something redeemable about this character While the author attempts to have Fawn make breakthroughs in the final pages it does not redeem her character I see where the author wanted too and the message she wanted to convey but it did not save this book I thought it was brilliant It s true that Fawn is a terrible person but she is hilariously and hopelessly lacking in self awareness which made her endearingly brazen and absurd She is the kind of person you find yourself cringing at wondering how they have the nerve to even think they can Mine to Take (Nine Circles, get away with some of the things they do but her own actions trip her up than help her which offers a satisfying counter to her awful behaviour The narrative is also honest in showing how awful and narcissistic she is and it punishes her for it until she is forced to change or at leastive up There are also moments where you can see her vulnerability and insecurity though mostly of her own making which make her feel very. W abiding intern not to mention what to do about a pen pal with whom she hasn’t been entirely honest and the litany of repairs her aging store reuiresThrough emails journal entries combative online reviews texts and tweets Fawn plans her next move Now it’s time for her to dig deep and use every trick at her disposal if she’s to reclaim her beloved business and her li.
Writing was articulate and the pace His L.A. Cinderella good Still just two stars DNF Iot to 4% in before I closed it it s awful It s written in a series of emailslettersnotices which are awful to read they jump about the stopstart pacing is very blah and as a means to introduce characters it s lacking The protagonist is not likeable she writes rude meandering responses to one star reviews dumped her boyfriend over email using her invalid father as an excuse right after we find out she never visits her father and A Groom for Greta (Amish Brides of Celery Fields, generally She is up on so high a horse that I care so little about what happens to her Whatever awful conflict happens further on in the book will be well deserved Stopped reading I wanted something cute and engaging and this was not it I very rarely don t finish a book this is my first DNF in two years but honestly this book isn t for me poorly written epistolary novel with a misleading title and weirdly unlikable protagonist So So Epistolary with a Modern Electronic TwistBefore such things as Facebook and emails existed authors sometimes wrote books called epistolaries written strictly in letter form and other typically non fictitious nonnarrative prose One of the most famous is Dracula made up of letters ship logs telegrams diary entries doctor s notes and newspaper clippings Other books have used letters toreat effect like Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice even if the rest of the book is standard narrative prose This book takes that old writing format and adds a modern twist It is told strictly in emails tweets texts and other electronic forms of commu I dont tend to one star books very often but I think this one just wasn t for meI really loved the concept of this book and was looking forward to reading about a bit of rivalry between the two book shops However I really struggled to et into the book due to a few things This book is written in the form of emails of text messages from the main character Fawn to her employees family customers and diary entries to herself I found this really jarring and did not like it at allSecondly Fawn as a character I just didn t like either I found her uite stuffy boring hard to conn. Des her block Fawn is convinced that his cushy couches impressive selection coffee bar and knowledgeable staff are a neighborhood blight Misguided yet blindly resilient Fawn readies for battleBut as she wages her war Fawn is forced to reflect on a few unavoidable truths the tribulations of online dating a strained relationship with her family and a devoted if not always la.