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Monday, October 12, 2015

[Review] Don't Get Me Wrong - Marianne Kavanagh

"Don't Get Me Wrong" by Marianne Kavanagh is essentially about the relationship of the sisters Eva and Kim throughout the years. Eva's best friend Harry is always tagging along and constantly annoying Kim.
When Eva gets sick, Kim and Harry are forced to spend more and more time with each other.

Not a Light Read! This NOT Chick-Lit

It's a very tough book to rate. There is just something about Kavanagh's writing that sucks you in every single time. I just couldn't stop reading.
The thing with Kavanagh is that her books seem like cute little contemporary romances that you can read quickly and forget almost as quickly - but in reality they are so much more. Every other page there are sentences that make you want to put the book down and think about it for a while. I could impossibly just read this in a day. I found myself going back and forth all the time because I wanted to avoid overseeing something important. It's just insane how she casually throws in similes that leave you baffled all the time.

Again, the story is told over several years to establish the relationship between disillusioned socialist Kim and rich banker Harry.
What worked very well in "For Once in My Life" just isn't as charming in "Don't Get Me Wrong" anymore. I didn't like the time jumps and had a huge problem with the shifts in perspective. 

In general my biggest issue with this is that the novel absolutely lacks direction. I didn't feel like every scene contributed to bringing the story forward. Sometimes Kim would ramble on endlessly and lose herself in comparisons, and the next second there is a cut and you'll find yourself thrown into the next scene. While I do love Kim's rambles and snickered about her comments, this makes it very hard to follow the story. Just like "For Once in My Life", this is absolutely a character-driven book.

Great Character Dynamics!

While I'm not a fan of the pace, I loved the characters. I'm just a sucker for anything along the lines of hate turns into love. Smug Harry and sarcastic Kim, who just can't stop talking about how much she hates him, are a match made in heaven. Their relationship makes up for every other thing that I didn't like as much.
It's flat out hilarious how you can tell from the beginning that Kim has a giant crush on Harry. It's even funnier when you get to Harry's point-of-view and realize that isn't even aware how much influence he has on Kim. You just have to love these two.

The same goes for the relationship between Eva and Kim. I love how Kavanagh builds the novel on the premise that Harry and Kim have nothing in common aside from their unconditional love for Eva. It really translates in the writing.



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Witty, cozy, and heart-breaking. Kavanagh's characters steal my heart every single time.
When reading Kavanagh's writing, I always feel at home. The reason why I'm such a fan of her books is that I've never read anything like this before. Her style is completely unique.

I've recommended her debut "For Once in My Life" a lot to romance lovers, just because it stands out in the flood of cliché romance novels with characters that you'll forget very easily.

If you love romance and character-driven writing and aren't shy to try out something new, I'll recommend "Don't Get Me Wrong" to you as well. Even though this one lacks in pace, her characters will stay with you for a long time.

Additional Info

Original Title: Don't Get Me Wrong
Author: Marianne Kavanagh
Published: August 26th 2015
Pages: 352
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
Genre: Adult / Romance
ISBN: 9781925240559

"Londoners Kim and Harry can’t see eye to eye…until the life of the person they both love most hangs in the balance. 

Kim has never grasped what her free-spirited big sister Eva sees in a stuck-up banker like Harry and has spent her childhood trying to keep him out, while Harry’s favourite occupation is winding Kim up.

Both Harry and Kim are too trapped in their prejudices to care about what’s really going on beneath the surface of each other’s lives. They’ll never understand each other—until the worst of all tragedy strikes.

Faced with the possibility of losing the person they both love most, long-buried secrets come to a head in ways that will change both Harry and Kim forever."(Source: Goodreads)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Don't Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh

I absolutely LOVED her debut novel "For Once In My Life" and fell in love with her beautiful writing. 
I can't wait to check out another novel by Kavanagh, and the synopsis is amazing! 

 Release: August 25th 2015

"Kim and Harry are total opposites who happen to have the same favorite people in the world: Kim’s older sister, Eva, and her young son, Otis. Kim has never seen what her free-spirited big sister sees in a stuck-up banker like Harry and has spent her childhood trying to keep him out (must he always drive the most ostentatious cars and insist on charming everyone he meets?), while Harry’s favorite occupation is provoking Kim.

Both Harry and Kim are too stuck in their prejudices to care about what’s really going on beneath the surface of each other’s lives. They’ll never understand each other—until the worst of all tragedy strikes. Faced with the possibilities of losing the person they both love most, long-buried secrets come to a head in ways that will change both Harry and Kim forever."

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

I'm an absolutely sucker for everything related to mind games. Whether it's movies, books or TV shows. A good plot twist is always something that makes me happy. 

Naturally, I'm dying to get my hands on this. I'm rooting for a cross between "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin and "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane.

Release Date: May 19th 2015

"Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. 
She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. "

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

[Recommendation] For Once in my Life - Marianne Kavanagh

In FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE, Tess and George are destined to be with each other, but first have to find each other. If you listen to what their mutual friends say- they're soulmates.

Even though they've shared several paths in life, gone to the same school and live in the same city, they have never met. Their friends try to set them up multiple times over the years, but something always comes up.

When they do eventually meet, Tess' theory that everyone has a soulmate somewhere out there is put to the ultimate test.

A Sense of Calmness 

Some books just have a certain emotion or feeling tied to them.
In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER I felt like I was sitting in the cold snow the entire time without her actually doing anything to give the reader that sensation. In "For Once in My Life" Kavanagh gives the reader a feeling of calmness, almost one of comfort. Her writing is very, very pleasant and not intrusive or pushy.

It's perfect for that kind of story; a calm, sweet romance story that just makes you want to crawl inside the book and cuddle everyone in it.
I didn't like that Kavanagh decided not to structure the novel in too much detail and didn't put the happenings in chapters. Sometimes there are cuts that seem very random and I found myself wondering how much time had passed inbetween the paragraphs. I'm not a big fan of changing the point-of-view mid-chapter, but if you don't have chapters, it's inevitable.

Amazing Character Building  and Development

Tess is a vintage enthusiast that loves 40s style clothing and whose biggest dream is to open up a secondhand clothing business. She's a very smart, but nervous person and overall just a sweetheart. It's impossible not to like her. The group of friends she surrounds herself with are as diverse as they are entertaining and it's just pleasant to go through her everyday life.

George is an aspiring musician who dreams of his band making it big eventually. Things don't always go well for him, because in contrast to Tess, he knows exactly what he wants in life. I loved all his band mates, who are again diverse and interesting characters with all their own stories and motivations.
With all characters in the novel you can tell that there was a lot of work into developing them and making them as realistic as possible. I could tell you stories from the top of my head about every single character and what they would or wouldn't do, which just makes the novel overall very, very realistic, life-like and interesting.

The plot sometimes drags, but that's inevitable if you're telling someone's whole life in a contemporary novel. There isn't necessarily always something interesting happening and there is indeed some filler, but that just contributes to the realisticness. Never did I have the impression that the novel was boring me or stalling time. I would have hated the idea of Kavanagh deliberately putting unnecessary drama into the novel just so there's more action.

Despite the lack of actual happenings, I was very much entertained and I read the novel pretty quickly and enthusiastically.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

A wonderful novel. It's impressive for a debut and I'm stoked on reading more of Kavanagh's work. Love the writing voice, the story idea and the marvelous character development.

You won't want to put this novel down. A clear recommendation.

Additional Info

Published: February 16th 2015
Pages: 384
Cover: Blanvalet, 2015.
Genre: Adult / Romance
ISBN: 978-3-442-38389-4

"Everyone has a soul mate... but what if you never find each other?

Meet Tess. A vintage clothes–obsessive, she’s trapped in a frighteningly grown-up customer relations job she loathes. Still, she’s been dating the gorgeous accountant Dominic since university, and has a perfectly lovely flat, which she shares with her best friend, Kirsty. But if her life is so perfect, why does she tear up whenever anyone mentions her future?

Meet George. He’s a brilliant jazz musician who spends almost as much time breaking up fights between his bickering band mates as he does worrying about his ailing father and living up to his stockbroker girlfriend’s very high expectations. For a guy who has always believed in romance, the grim practicalities of twenty-something life have come as something of a shock. Seemingly always on the verge of a big break, he’s looking for something more...something special.

They just might be two halves of one perfect whole. Now, if only they could manage to cross paths...

Follow Tess and George through a decade of bad dates, chaotic dinner parties, magical birthdays, dead-end jobs, romantic misalliances, and lots of starting over. For Once in My Life is a charming and intelligent modern comedy of manners, friendship, and missed connections

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