Adult Onset - Ann-Marie MacDonald

It's no secret that I love Ann-Marie MacDonald's books.  I've gushed about my love for Fall on Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies in my Friday Favourite posts.  It had been ten years since I'd read The Way the Crow Flies when I heard that Ann-Marie was publishing a new book.  I was overjoyed and could barely wait to get my hands on a copy.  When I received a review copy from Random House, I waited until I had an uninterrupted stretch of time so that I could really delve into the story and enjoy it in its fullest.

I had high hopes for this book, and didn't end up loving it as much as I had hoped that I would.  The story centres around a mother and I thought that I would identify with the main character a bit more.  There were moments where I saw myself reflected in her character, but on the whole I didn't connect with the story as much as I had hoped that I would.  Also, when I was close to finishing the book, I abruptly ran into a blank page in the middle of a chapter.  It was jarring and seemed misplaced, so I thought that my book was misprinted.  I actually stopped reading and made a trip to the bookstore so that I could see if my book was misprinted and, if so, exchange it for a new copy.  When I got to the bookstore, I found out that it was an intentional blank page, but it still didn't quite make sense.  This disrupted my reading of the final pages of the book and left the ending a bit anticlimactic.

I'll definitely read anything else that Ann-Marie MacDonald writes as she's still one of my favourite writers of all time, but I was still underwhelmed by this book.  Hopefully, her next one will blow me away!

I received a review copy of this book, but this did not influence my opinions in any way.



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