Number of Pages: 300
Publication Date: July 19, 2017
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*
Four friends, Olivia, Faye, Beth, and Abbie come together after hearing the news of Jack’s death. His potential suicide sets a course of emotional and personal distraught and decisions.
Let’s start off by saying that I did not enjoy this book. It was one that had potential to be a good one, but failed short in many areas.
First and foremost, the book needs a big edit. There were words misspelled, words misused, and added words that made sentences confusing. For instance, “…he joked his she had caused…” (pg. 8) is very unclear. Another one that confused me was “I bin the cold…” (pg. 71). Then there was ” I feet instantly guilty…” (pg. 77); “feet” should be “feel”. There was repetition on page 214, “…didn’t want didn’t want…” Overall, another couple of rounds of editing here would be beneficial.
Then, the writing style in general was fairly choppy. Though I understood that the author was trying to share the past and present of four different characters to perhaps give them more substance; however, there was no good flow when transitioning from said past to present. Then, there was also alternating first point-of-view (POV) and third person. All of this ended being too much for this story. There were times when it seemed that the first to third POV were both in the present, but instead of making it first person, it was told from a third party. With all the switching, it made the story more of a chore than a pleasure. However, the major problem with the writing style is that all four characters had the same voice; so much so that it was difficult to keep the names straight with the characters’ respective storyline; they all blended together.
When considering the plot, it was somewhat unclear what the author was going for. Yes, the death of Jack is what caused the story to happen, but I didn’t feel there was a climax or a big resolution. Sure, relationships that needed breaking were broken and those that wanted to be rekindled did, but there was something lacking in the excitement factor. Perhaps it was the fact that there were several questions left unanswered. Without giving too much away, when one character ended up in the hospital due to the news of Jack’s passing, it was very unclear why she had such a traumatic experience considering she never really knew him. Then, there were sections that the author almost threw in about tea to try to tie in with the title, but these seemed out of place and added to the choppiness.
Lastly, the characters themselves. There was some information given for the four protagonists, but for me, not enough to make me care about them. In fact, Faye, Jack’s ex-girlfriend, was at times hard to sympathize with. In one scene, she seemed too judgmental of a friend’s drinking Starbucks and wearing a suit…did that confuse you? Yup, me too. What does wearing a suit have anything to do with coffee preferences?
Overall, I feel the general premise of the book is a good one and it could have been a great read. However, due to the editing, plot, and character development, I cannot give it a higher rating.