My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Expected publication March 12th! Pre-0rder from Amazon here!
Book #3 “in the books” for the Booksparks Winter Reading Challenge! #WRC2019
Eek. I’m not having the greatest luck with these Winter Reading Challenge selections. Sorry!
Caution: there may be some spoilers as it’s challenging to share my thoughts on this one without some more detailed discussion of the plot.
Me for You is a charming story of a middle aged man named Rudy who wakes up one morning to find his wife lying beside him dead, having passed away in the night. Of course he freaks out, calls 911, and tries to revive her but there’s nothing that can be done to save her. Fast forward a year later and Rudy is still trying to navigate through his grief and figure out how to move on from losing the love of his life. In walks Sasha, his lovely coworker who he’s had a mild crush on for years (yes, even while he was married) and a romance begins to develop. But, despite his feelings for Sasha, he still struggles emotionally with grief, depression, and survivor’s guilt which lands him a first class ticket to the medical/psych ward at the hospital for some targeted therapy.
I think I enjoyed the first half of this book more than I enjoyed the second half. It showed a lot of promise early on and I liked where I thought the story was headed. And then it kind of pivoted in a completely different direction. There was this detective mystery angle in the beginning when Rudy’s wife’s death was being investigated as a murder and then it was like the author just gave up on that idea and said “scratch that… I changed my mind.” The whole murder subplot disappeared into thin air which I found really odd.
Then there was this back story with Sasha’s previous marriage to an abusive husband and the tragic loss of her daughter. While I understood how Sasha’s struggles helped Rudy to navigate through his grief, I still felt like there were a lot of unanswered questions with this particular plot line.
I guess what I’m saying here is that there were a few too many plot lines and, honestly, not a whole that transpired in the grand scheme of things. Many of the subplots were introduced but never really felt resolved or fully addressed.
My favorite part? That Rudy’s wife was a hospital pharmacist! So fun to read a story about a character who shares my job. But if that was my favorite part, that’s not all that promising.
While I think this book had a ton of potential and I appreciated the author’s attempt to write a book about the painstaking journey through the grieving process (with a powerful message about overcoming tragedy), the execution was really off for me. The author incorporated a few too many ideas that didn’t really come to fruition in my opinion. That being said, I always say that no two people read the same book. So if you have a particular interest in grief management or need an inspiring read about overcoming tragedy, I would encourage you to give it a try.
-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Lolly Winston, and Gallery Books for the opportunity to review.-
On to Book #4 of the Winter Reading Challenge, The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton!