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The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.   Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing.  Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitiou The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.   Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing.  Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past. When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far more different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined. Back home in Ohio, Kyle marries in haste and repents at leisure. Reluctantly embracing life in suburban hell, he becomes a pediatrician. While Kyle’s dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows. As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions. I’m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.   


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The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.   Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing.  Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitiou The pathos of Beautiful Ruins meets the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.   Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing.  Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past. When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far more different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined. Back home in Ohio, Kyle marries in haste and repents at leisure. Reluctantly embracing life in suburban hell, he becomes a pediatrician. While Kyle’s dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows. As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions. I’m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.   

30 review for I'm Glad About You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan Johnson

    Be careful what you wish for or you just might get it. We've all heard the saying before, but what might happen if that really was the way things worked? Theresa Rebeck's newest hit, 'I'm Glad About You,' takes a look at just that. Alison longs to be an actress, always wanting to be bigger and better than she is. After moving to New York from nowhere-ville MidWest, she finds that being a success isn't as easy as just wanting it. Kyle on the other hand, Alison's ex boyfriend whom she never quite Be careful what you wish for or you just might get it. We've all heard the saying before, but what might happen if that really was the way things worked? Theresa Rebeck's newest hit, 'I'm Glad About You,' takes a look at just that. Alison longs to be an actress, always wanting to be bigger and better than she is. After moving to New York from nowhere-ville MidWest, she finds that being a success isn't as easy as just wanting it. Kyle on the other hand, Alison's ex boyfriend whom she never quite has moved on from, wants to be a good pediatrician and an even better catholic. Both of their lives seem to be living up to what they had dreamed, with one exception - they can't seem to get over one another. And while Kyle finds himself married to someone else, Alison is free to discover just the sort of person she wants to be with. This book is more than just about high school sweethearts, it's about learned that what you wish for isn't always what you really want. It's about figuring out who you are as you change and develop. Bad choices will be made, but they will be made up for. Good choices will be made as well, and sometimes they'll pay off and other times you'll be left disappointed. That's life, and perhaps the best thing about the book is how humanly these things are portrayed. I truly enjoyed this book. It was a very "easy read" which I found refreshing, but it wasn't so elementary that I found it at all boring. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down! Theresa Rebeck is well known as the creator of the hit show 'SMASH,' and this book is just as fast-paced and fun! My biggest complaint is truly that I wanted it to keep going. I felt like I had really grown to know and love these characters so much that I simply wasn't ready to let them go. All in all, that's a clear sign of a fantastic book! I happily give this book 5 stars not just because I loved it myself, but also because I think there's something in there for everyone. Even if you're neither a movie star nor a doctor, these characters are so relatable that you'll feel as though you could invite them over for dinner this weekend with no issue. The cover is also brilliant - on a shelf, it will be one that will always draw your eye and I actually enjoyed the idea of people seeing me reading it while out in public (I know, I'm weird like that.) If you're someone looking for the PERFECT beach read, or you long for characters that you feel are your friends, give this one a shot. It's one that I will personally be sharing with friends as a book I highly recommend. I was provided with a free copy of this book in order to conduct this review. WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This book combined self-absorbed characters whose passivity became extremely annoying with a meandering plot that went nowhere. The first half of the book held some promise, but that was dashed when the remainder had me just wishing something interesting, and/or positive would happen. ARC received from NetGalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    TheSkimm....you let me down on this recommendation. Reading this book was like eating cheap chocolate. You know you shouldn't, but you do anyway and feel sick in the end from the bad chocolate. What a waste of time. TheSkimm....you let me down on this recommendation. Reading this book was like eating cheap chocolate. You know you shouldn't, but you do anyway and feel sick in the end from the bad chocolate. What a waste of time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joelene Weeks

    I struggled with what rating to give this book, if I could I'd give it 2.5 stars. lowest rating I've given a book in a very long time. it started off great, hooked me from the start. Kyle and Allison were easy enough to identify with and relate to in the beginning. however, this is one of the most redundant books I've ever read. in the dialogue someone was always using an annoyed tone, then every other thought or action was a "betrayal" for one reason or another. Allison and Kyle were increasing I struggled with what rating to give this book, if I could I'd give it 2.5 stars. lowest rating I've given a book in a very long time. it started off great, hooked me from the start. Kyle and Allison were easy enough to identify with and relate to in the beginning. however, this is one of the most redundant books I've ever read. in the dialogue someone was always using an annoyed tone, then every other thought or action was a "betrayal" for one reason or another. Allison and Kyle were increasingly whiny about everything, with Allison constantly thinking about how smart she was and how many people were treating her like a moron at any given time and her looks (how thin she was and did u know her eyes are a beautiful green) and how "Midwestern" she was with her manners and morals and values, even tho she's a thief and basically a whore. then Kyle was whining and complaining about his job, his family, Allison, his religion, etc. that's basically the sum of the story, a lot of repetitive whining with no real action. seriously disappointing after such a promising start.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dana West

    Shallow. Edit: So much time is spent talking about how smart the two characters are while they make so many stupid choices. I can't even remember their names and I finished this two days ago, but Mr. Pediatrician and Ms. Actress are just bad at life. Blame that on their upbringing or blame that on the writing, but I really cannot relate to either one of them. Shallow. Edit: So much time is spent talking about how smart the two characters are while they make so many stupid choices. I can't even remember their names and I finished this two days ago, but Mr. Pediatrician and Ms. Actress are just bad at life. Blame that on their upbringing or blame that on the writing, but I really cannot relate to either one of them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Riot Community

    A funny story of two people meant to be together...not being together. If you meet your soulmate in high school, do you compromise your dreams to be with that person? If you're Alison, you don't. Alison is determined to become an actress in New York City. Kyle is happy living in Ohio as a pediatrician. But neither one of their lives works out the way they planned, and we, the readers, get to sit back and watch as their lives inevitably cross paths again. I'm Glad About You is charming and sweet. A funny story of two people meant to be together...not being together. If you meet your soulmate in high school, do you compromise your dreams to be with that person? If you're Alison, you don't. Alison is determined to become an actress in New York City. Kyle is happy living in Ohio as a pediatrician. But neither one of their lives works out the way they planned, and we, the readers, get to sit back and watch as their lives inevitably cross paths again. I'm Glad About You is charming and sweet. Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books: http://bookriot.com/category/all-the-...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    This had potential. I was enjoying the history and relationship between the two main characters, Allison and Kyle, at first. Then it started to turn into a lot of privileged people with non problems. I couldn't get on board with Kyle's misogynist attitude, and the way he forced his wife to stay married to him was horrifying. The book also couldn't stop referring to Allison's perfect beauty, amazing intelligence, grace, talents, and not to mention how amazing she was in the sack. The ending was d This had potential. I was enjoying the history and relationship between the two main characters, Allison and Kyle, at first. Then it started to turn into a lot of privileged people with non problems. I couldn't get on board with Kyle's misogynist attitude, and the way he forced his wife to stay married to him was horrifying. The book also couldn't stop referring to Allison's perfect beauty, amazing intelligence, grace, talents, and not to mention how amazing she was in the sack. The ending was disappointing and it gave no closer for anyone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Rood

    Yuck. What an awful book. I wanted something light and fun, romantic. But this was just bad writing the whole way through. Stereotypical, mary-sue characters and just not funny or engaging in any way. I barely skimmed the last half. Just bad.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Navajo do not have the words for "I love you," believing that no one can possess another. So instead they say, "I'm glad about you." And this, faithful readers, is the essence of this book: it is not a love story, not the way you think - or hope - it will be. It's not a romance. It is, actually, a startlingly realistic look at what it means to fall in love when you're a teenager. Alison and Kyle meet in a rather symbolic way: they run into each other in the parking lot of a high school football The Navajo do not have the words for "I love you," believing that no one can possess another. So instead they say, "I'm glad about you." And this, faithful readers, is the essence of this book: it is not a love story, not the way you think - or hope - it will be. It's not a romance. It is, actually, a startlingly realistic look at what it means to fall in love when you're a teenager. Alison and Kyle meet in a rather symbolic way: they run into each other in the parking lot of a high school football game. Their connection is immediate, fierce, and consuming. They love each other in the way you do when you're in high school. They breakup, they reunite, they breakup, and the cycle continues with each of them believing they are destined to be together. As graduation nears, they realize that their relationship likely will have to end. Alison wants to become an actress. A well-educated actress - she attends Notre Dame - but someone who performs for a living. Kyle, on the other hand, wants to go to South America and open clinics where he can perform good works. A resolute Catholic, Kyle ensures that neither he nor Alison "go all the way," much to her frustration. They head in different directions, their final breakup so hurtful and appalling that they cease communication. A few years later, Alison comes home to Cincinnati for Christmas. She lives in New York, where she struggles to get a footing in acting. A bit part here, a larger part there, but she has no traction. She barely has an agent. Kyle did become a doctor, but rather than serving the destitute, he is part of a large practice that serves suburbia. He has also acquired a wife, the odious Evangeline, a woman he knows is not all that pleasant, but yet he finds himself on a path to marriage, and he stays. From this Christmas visit, when Alison and Kyle bump into each other, over the next several years, they continue to see each other occasionally as the arcs of their lives head in directions they never imagined or, for that matter, wanted. As Alison wonders, was their split - the breaking of both of their hearts - worth the lives they chose? Theresa Rebeck examines the choices we make when love comes into our lives too soon. Alison and Kyle are hopelessly naïve, and they are resolute in their naïvete. They believe that their life goals are noble and necessary, and each of them also believes that the other will be there when they have achieved their aspirations. Rebeck does not ask who gives up first, Kyle or Alison. The point, rather, is that they quit on each other. They become so focused on proving that they are making the right decisions that they lose their way. At what cost, Rebeck asks, come our aspirations? If you are thirty and unmarried, have not achieved the career you planned, and can't say that you are content, was it worth it? Or what if you are in a marriage that increasingly feels like a trap, with someone you don't even like, much less respect, and the purity of your dreams has given way to an endless line of tankless patients? Was it worth it? The choices you made? There is humor in this book, and there is heartache. Alison, Kyle, and the supporting cast are interesting, if not entirely too frustrating. Sometimes you will wish you could reach into the book, grab Alison or Kyle or both at the same time, and shout at them to just stop. Neither one has the life they wanted, and you fear that neither never will. That parking lot where they met? That is their lives now. Kyle is stuck professionally and matrimonially, and Alison is idling in park, unable to move forward enough to free herself of its confines. Rebeck writes with humor, occasionally turning a sardonic eye to her characters. She does not rescue them from their poor decisions, preferring to let them learn - in the most difficult ways possible - the consequences of their actions. Rebeck takes no shortcuts, offers no pablum, and, despite her experience as a screenwriter, delivers no Hollywood ending. She cares enough about her characters to give them the story they earn, rather than the one we may want for them. When Kyle planned to go to South America, he studied Navajo, and, because she loved him and was fascinated by his studies, Alison learned some, too. They both know that "I'm glad about you" is as significant a commitment as "I love you," more so, even. You have to choose to say it. You have to decide that anything else you want to say cannot possibly surpass telling someone you're glad about them. Disclaimer: review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. Published on VoxLibris.net @VoxLibris

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Lynn

    I’m Glad About You is an okay book. I wanted to love it, to be so enthralled I couldn’t put it down, but that didn’t happen. There should have been that moment where I went awe, yea, I was waiting for this. I was waiting and waiting and waiting and it just didn’t come. The characters were decent, the potential for greatness was there. Theresa Rebeck has a great idea it just didn’t come through the way I wanted it to. Allison and Kyle were characters that some will like. I felt like they were livi I’m Glad About You is an okay book. I wanted to love it, to be so enthralled I couldn’t put it down, but that didn’t happen. There should have been that moment where I went awe, yea, I was waiting for this. I was waiting and waiting and waiting and it just didn’t come. The characters were decent, the potential for greatness was there. Theresa Rebeck has a great idea it just didn’t come through the way I wanted it to. Allison and Kyle were characters that some will like. I felt like they were living secret lives. They wanted each other, they circled around each other, and they acted like children to each other. It was not a good friendship, relationship, or way to live your life. Both characters regretted choices, as most people do, made in the past and went on to live unfulfilling lives. I do believe that the characters learned a lot about themselves and had personal growth, but it just wasn’t enough. The story could have gone a few ways. I don’t think there was a good ending. There was no closure for either characters and they both needed it as did I as the reader. As with any story that I didn’t love, I believe there are people who will rave and love this book. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and this is mine. I hope that there are many more opinions given about this book that are more favorable. Every reader has their own taste and favorites. Every book has readers that love it and some that don’t. Please give this book a chance and check it out. Make your own opinions.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Frances Dowell

    After reading the many negative reviews of I'm Glad About You, I find myself wanting to defend it. Which is weird, since I can't see myself actually recommending it. I've seen it called a beach read, but that's not quite right. It's too realistic for what most of us want from a beach reach (although I actually read it at the beach--go figure) and at times I found it a slog. Maybe I'd recommend this for young actresses who think they'd love to make it big. I'm Glad About You should disabuse them After reading the many negative reviews of I'm Glad About You, I find myself wanting to defend it. Which is weird, since I can't see myself actually recommending it. I've seen it called a beach read, but that's not quite right. It's too realistic for what most of us want from a beach reach (although I actually read it at the beach--go figure) and at times I found it a slog. Maybe I'd recommend this for young actresses who think they'd love to make it big. I'm Glad About You should disabuse them of this notion. Many have written of the story's main characters, Allison and Kyle, as unlikeable, but I didn't find them so. I thought they were interesting and complicated, and I found Allison charming. Okay, Kyle is a bit of a pill at the story's beginning, which is to say he's unhappy and living a life that's at odds with the life he dreamed for himself. Instead of being a Doctors without Borders sort of doctor, he's a pediatrician at a large suburban practice. He is a serious Catholic with serious ideas. And he doesn't seem to be over his high school sweetheart, Allison, although he's married to the beautiful domestic goddess (and really unpleasant human being), Van. When we first meet Allison, she's a struggling actress in New York, hoping for a life of art in the theatre. What she gets instead is a role on a bad TV show that launches her into stardom--or at least rising starlet-dom. While in many ways she stays true to her humble midwestern roots (she and Kyle are from Cincinatti, where Kyle still lives), she's willing to trade sexual favors to get ahead in a business she keeps wondering if she wants to get ahead in. Allison and Kyle's stories for the most part run on parallel tracks, though occasionally they intersect when Allison comes back home for holidays or to run away from her new life. What pulls you through the novel in part is the question of whether or not they'll get back together. Clearly the attraction between the two of them is still strong. I won't spoil it for you, though I will say that by the novel's end you may not care. Not so much because you don't care about the characters. I did, and Kyle grew on me over the course of the story. Part of the problem is the bulk of the story is Allison's, and almost everyone in Allison's story (other than Allison) is unlikeable and amoral. There's a lot of ugliness that I thought Allison tolerated for far too long, although I see how she's convinced herself she's just doing what everyone does to get ahead in show business. After awhile I found the Hollywood stuff tedious, and I wished there had been more back and forth between the two narratives, more balance between the stories. Come to think of it, everyone in Kyle's story is also unlikeable. So that's a problem. But I did grow more and more interested in Kyle and felt like he developed as a character as the story went along. You see how important living a moral life is to him, and how his sense of what that entails deepens and becomes more complex over the course of the book. Readers might feel frustrated by Kyle's choices, but I found them true to who he is and wants to be. The writing is good, and the story's ending, while sure to be unsatisfying to those who like things wrapped up neatly with a bow and a smiley face sticker, struck me as realistic and interesting. So while I wouldn't exactly recommend I'm Glad About You, there are certainly things in this novel to recommend it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Recommended on The Skimm. Annoying characters, meh story

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kev Willoughby

    A tale of star-crossed lovers who never seem to be able to get on the same page at the same time. As a reader, it's frustrating to read a book like this. You keep thinking that if you stick with the story, eventually, things will turn out okay for the protagonists. However, sometimes, it's just not in the cards, and in that sense, the book is true to life, but when you're reading fiction, you always hope for a better outcome than "true to life." In this story, a couple of teenagers meet and fall i A tale of star-crossed lovers who never seem to be able to get on the same page at the same time. As a reader, it's frustrating to read a book like this. You keep thinking that if you stick with the story, eventually, things will turn out okay for the protagonists. However, sometimes, it's just not in the cards, and in that sense, the book is true to life, but when you're reading fiction, you always hope for a better outcome than "true to life." In this story, a couple of teenagers meet and fall in love as they are growing up in Cincinnati. He wanted to be a doctor in third-world countries. She wanted to be a famous actress. Although they are passionate about each other, with opposite dreams, it was never going to be easy. After dating for years, they eventually dismissed each other for their dreams. She found hers, and he settled for less. But they both gave up on each other and they ended up miserable and lonely, looking in the rear-view mirror for the rest of their lives. To make things worse, they had a mutual friend who was a creep and a sleazeball, and he did nothing but make the situation worse for all involved. Some of their inabilities to communicate and be assertive about what they each really wanted was maddening to read. Yet, much of the same inabilities to communicate and be assertive are prevalent on a daily basis in our own lives... but I don't want to read about it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    This book made no sense to me. Ostensibly about two people who never stop loving each other, it just bounced around senselessly. There was so much emphasis on Kyle's devotion to his Catholicism that at times I felt like I'd stumbled into a religious tract, and it was ridiculously unrealistic to boot. Then there was Alison, who never became a fully-formed character for me. There was constant mention of how intelligent she was, how ambitious, yet she did everything stupid and made a mess of her li This book made no sense to me. Ostensibly about two people who never stop loving each other, it just bounced around senselessly. There was so much emphasis on Kyle's devotion to his Catholicism that at times I felt like I'd stumbled into a religious tract, and it was ridiculously unrealistic to boot. Then there was Alison, who never became a fully-formed character for me. There was constant mention of how intelligent she was, how ambitious, yet she did everything stupid and made a mess of her life. It just didn't come together at all. Worst of all, there wasn't a single character, major or minor, in the entire book that I gave one hoot about. Even the title was lame: borrowed apparently from the Navajo, with which no character had any ties whatsoever.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naberius

    I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I think the idea is interesting, where you have two characters who go separate ways and then come together from time to time. You see their lives independently, and then see them intersect, and what influence that has on the next part of their lives. However, I guess I just didn't really like the characters. I found Alison got on my nerves (for example, she moves to New York and has no idea how expensive everything is. She takes a job and then I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I think the idea is interesting, where you have two characters who go separate ways and then come together from time to time. You see their lives independently, and then see them intersect, and what influence that has on the next part of their lives. However, I guess I just didn't really like the characters. I found Alison got on my nerves (for example, she moves to New York and has no idea how expensive everything is. She takes a job and then quits with no backup plan. Personally, she grated on me). I also didn't like Kyle too much. He marries a woman (who also is not likable) seemingly on a whim, and then doesn't seem at all invested in his marriage or his relationship with his children. Neither of the main characters seem to be very happy, but don't seem to take steps to change this, either. Was I glad I read this book? Meh.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Soder

    I adored this book. These dysfunctional characters wormed their way into my heart. While I'm a sucker for love stories I find these almost 'anti-love' stories interesting. I can't say what I loved so much about this book but the pacing was perfect and I really liked the style. The writing was direct but also with a little flare that kept me captivated. I loved the characters. They were a mess but they were real. I adored this book. These dysfunctional characters wormed their way into my heart. While I'm a sucker for love stories I find these almost 'anti-love' stories interesting. I can't say what I loved so much about this book but the pacing was perfect and I really liked the style. The writing was direct but also with a little flare that kept me captivated. I loved the characters. They were a mess but they were real.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I was incredibly disappointed in this book. It was not Crazy Rich Asians nor was it a mix of Nottinghill and any other book. The characters were as disappointing as their lives. It was really just depressing. I found nothing comedic about it at all. But, perhaps the author intended you to feel disappointed and depressed when you were done. If that is the case, then she succeeded.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Meh and a rare DNF. Uneven from the start, like much of Rebeck's theatrical work. The principal characters felt constructed from a stack of cliches. I spent about 200 pages trying to care and then gave up. Meh and a rare DNF. Uneven from the start, like much of Rebeck's theatrical work. The principal characters felt constructed from a stack of cliches. I spent about 200 pages trying to care and then gave up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess White

    Just don't waste your time as you will not care about any of the meaningless characters or storylines in this book. There is so much disconnect here, Alison is a disaster on every level. I was annoyed the entire book. Just don't waste your time as you will not care about any of the meaningless characters or storylines in this book. There is so much disconnect here, Alison is a disaster on every level. I was annoyed the entire book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz Fichera

    Yowza. Devoured. It was a bit like watching reality television--and yet I could not put it down.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    My personal "star" rating system: 1 star: Could not finish the book 2 star: Had to force myself to finish the book, did not care for the book, and will not be seeking out this author in the future 3 star: Liked the book, but will not necessarily be seeking out this author in the future 4 star: Really liked the book and would read more of this author, but will not be re-reading this particular book again 5 star: Loved it so much that I will re-read this book in the future, and the author is going ont My personal "star" rating system: 1 star: Could not finish the book 2 star: Had to force myself to finish the book, did not care for the book, and will not be seeking out this author in the future 3 star: Liked the book, but will not necessarily be seeking out this author in the future 4 star: Really liked the book and would read more of this author, but will not be re-reading this particular book again 5 star: Loved it so much that I will re-read this book in the future, and the author is going onto my list for pre-orders of their future titles My rating: 2 stars This book was so utterly depressing. All of the characters were very melodramatic, and nobody was happy, even when good things were happening in their lives. I don't understand how they could like themselves, much less each other. It's been about a month since I finished this book, and other than the general feeling of being depressed while reading it (I mean, literally, NOTHING is happy in this book), I couldn't even tell you the plot of the story. I was really excited for this one, and preordered it when it came out, but sadly, it just wasn't for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This book is not happy, funny, or about true love. It's about two people (Alison and Kyle), and how the toxicity of their obsession with each other affects their lives, and the lives of those around them. Every character has flaws, some more nasty than others. It is an interesting read, but you have to be able to handle unlikable and self-absorbed characters. This book is not happy, funny, or about true love. It's about two people (Alison and Kyle), and how the toxicity of their obsession with each other affects their lives, and the lives of those around them. Every character has flaws, some more nasty than others. It is an interesting read, but you have to be able to handle unlikable and self-absorbed characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    It would have been less waste of time and trees to just print up a pamphlet that says "I'm from the Midwest" which by the way, no one from the Midwest says that's where they're from. Dreck, not only cliched but contradicts itself. It would have been less waste of time and trees to just print up a pamphlet that says "I'm from the Midwest" which by the way, no one from the Midwest says that's where they're from. Dreck, not only cliched but contradicts itself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Boring Trash - only got through a few CD's worth. Boring Trash - only got through a few CD's worth.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    What the heck was the point of this book? Isn't some kind of resolution considered important anymore? Are the last five chapters missing? Did the author die before completing this book? Did she run out of time or interest and say screw it, im bored with this. I'm going to the mall? There were many plot lines in this book and not a single one of them had a resolution. Most characters made stupid decisions, some even made destructive choices with malicious intent. No one suffered any consequences. What the heck was the point of this book? Isn't some kind of resolution considered important anymore? Are the last five chapters missing? Did the author die before completing this book? Did she run out of time or interest and say screw it, im bored with this. I'm going to the mall? There were many plot lines in this book and not a single one of them had a resolution. Most characters made stupid decisions, some even made destructive choices with malicious intent. No one suffered any consequences. Even Van, the asshole wife of stupid Kyle, got to cheat, get pregnant by another man AND withhold an important message and had no comeuppance. The best I can say is the main characters were unlikeable but in a relatable way and it wasn't badly written. However reading it was a colossal waste of time. Don't do it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I'm so disappointed that this was compared to Beautiful Ruins. This story has been done, and done so much better. There are potential new twists here but they were not well executed. Didn't really ever care for the characters either. I'm so disappointed that this was compared to Beautiful Ruins. This story has been done, and done so much better. There are potential new twists here but they were not well executed. Didn't really ever care for the characters either.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was quickly sucked into this book, and I really couldn't predict where it was going. Ultimately the narrative arc seems off--while it's generally pretty readable, it doesn't exactly resolve much, it just sort of runs out of gas. Like others, I got incredibly tired of the author's constant references to how Midwestern Allison was. I don't think she is more polite because she is from the Midwest but because she is in a rude industry! And the Midwest is a large and diverse area, where urban areas I was quickly sucked into this book, and I really couldn't predict where it was going. Ultimately the narrative arc seems off--while it's generally pretty readable, it doesn't exactly resolve much, it just sort of runs out of gas. Like others, I got incredibly tired of the author's constant references to how Midwestern Allison was. I don't think she is more polite because she is from the Midwest but because she is in a rude industry! And the Midwest is a large and diverse area, where urban areas and rural areas see a lot of contrast, much like the rest of the country.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Gonzalez

    I read this after a recommendation from The Skimm (never again). I liked the realism in the story. The idea of being at a point in your life where you realize how badly you screwed up with your choices in life was intriguing. I didn't like anything else though. I didn't believe they were each other's love of their lives; I took it to be true only because the author said it was. The way Alison and Kyle interacted with each other only suggested lust. Mentioning that they fought all the time when t I read this after a recommendation from The Skimm (never again). I liked the realism in the story. The idea of being at a point in your life where you realize how badly you screwed up with your choices in life was intriguing. I didn't like anything else though. I didn't believe they were each other's love of their lives; I took it to be true only because the author said it was. The way Alison and Kyle interacted with each other only suggested lust. Mentioning that they fought all the time when they were together at a younger age didn't help either. I could understand not really being over someone you loved, but their prior relationship wasn't fleshed out or built up as well as it could have been to make that believable. I found Kyle a lot more tolerable than Alison, but by the end found them both a little annoying. They both seemed really self-centered, whiny and annoyed which would have been fine if their characters grew towards the end of the story or if they had a redeeming character trait or plot but they didn't. A big part of Kyle's arc was his supposed struggle with Catholicism and his faith but it was completely dropped after his time in the monastery. I'm not even sure what direction Alison's character was supposed to go. I felt sorry for her towards the end but her decisions and their consequences weren't effectively dealt with. It all felt so unresolved and depressing. Maybe that was what the author was going for? If it was, she got it but it still doesn't mean I like it. If she developed her characters and made them more relatable it would have made the story a bit more tolerable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michele O'Neill

    When I run or drive long distances, I listen to books on Audible, and I generally try to choose ones that aren't so heavy that I'll miss important details. This book is one of those, though I found the characters and their dilemmas a bit deeper than the usual for this type of book, if a bit frustrating. Maybe it's where I am in my life, and the fact that I now understand how people can make choices out of fear or convenience. Maybe it's that I can relate to the characters' inability to "get out When I run or drive long distances, I listen to books on Audible, and I generally try to choose ones that aren't so heavy that I'll miss important details. This book is one of those, though I found the characters and their dilemmas a bit deeper than the usual for this type of book, if a bit frustrating. Maybe it's where I am in my life, and the fact that I now understand how people can make choices out of fear or convenience. Maybe it's that I can relate to the characters' inability to "get out of their own way"--even as intelligent as they are both described as being--and be the people the readers want them to be. Maybe I understand why people would behave in ways that seem to sabotage their own desires. Whatever the case, the two main characters and the paths their lives took by the end of the book stayed with me for a while and left me thinking of how their lives will turn out long after the book is over. In this book, there are no nicely-tied-up endings...and if you like your main characters noble or infallible, these are not the people for you. This book is very heavy on insider details of the movie/TV industry, so people who are interested may find that exciting. I felt that the plot seemed bogged down by details of movie sets, costumes, props and script rewrites by the time I was 2/3 of the way through. I also found the way women are depicted as being treated in the movie industry--even in the present time--to be somewhat horrifying, even though the main female character seems to take it in stride. All things considered, though, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read or a book club looking for an atypical story to discuss.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anne Martin

    The perfect book to make you think on Valentine's day. A bittersweet love story, surrounded by second class love stories. The hero, Kyle, wants to be a doctor, and a good one. His high school love, Alison is meant to be an actress, thus she leaves the Midwest for New York, and spends years waiting for her chance. Kyle gets to be a pediatrician, in Cincinatti, where his father practiced for more than 40 years. The two of them have not forgotten each other. When Alison comes to the Midwest, they m The perfect book to make you think on Valentine's day. A bittersweet love story, surrounded by second class love stories. The hero, Kyle, wants to be a doctor, and a good one. His high school love, Alison is meant to be an actress, thus she leaves the Midwest for New York, and spends years waiting for her chance. Kyle gets to be a pediatrician, in Cincinatti, where his father practiced for more than 40 years. The two of them have not forgotten each other. When Alison comes to the Midwest, they meet, at big family dinners, or just for a coffee. Kyle is a real Catholic, raised so by his zealot parents, who kept having kids for more than 20 years (9 at the end). He will marry the first girl he has sex with, who finds him charming and authentic. Alison has grasped the first meaningful two lines she got an audition for, and gets a name for herself. "Be careful what you wish for, you may get it" is exactly what happens to them. Alison will get to be an actress, probably famous with time, Kyle is a great pediadrician, but their private lives are in shambles. Alison sleeps around with the guys who will help her career, Kyle's wife has a baby from another man, and amazingly, they are all unhappy. I don't understand the characters. Kyle could easily have got a divorce, but he did not want to... Alison never tried to speak privately to him. Kyle's wife acts evil, and I mean evil, not just nasty. They are only 30. Will they remain stuck for the rest of their lives in such a sad situation? Where are they going?

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