He's a typical Gen-Xer in that way, delaying adulthood and responsibilities, and prolonging the time between. La forma de abordarlo de manera tan cargada de tacto y sensibilidad, me ha llevado a darle las cuatro estrellas. He attends class during the day then parties with his friend Adrian at night. Not your typical romance, but an utterly delightful story, filled with endearing characters. There are just two problems.
Working to reinvent himself, Steven seeks to prove his worth, driven by exquisite longing for a charming man just out of his reach. Steven was turning himself around, he was already halfway there, but with a few tough choices he was doing it. I look forward to reading more of Marian Keyes books in the future. It was the slowest of the slow. Ele não tem nada do safado fofinho que eu imaginava, e varias vezes eu parei de ler porque não me aguentava de raiva. Let me state right off the bat that there is graphic male on male sex in this novel. Kevorkian geared the song for dancefloors.
Did you fall in love with John when you first saw him? Steven has several sexual partners throughout the book, but I at least, felt like they were all part of his journey. I hesitate to go say too much for fear of spoiling the story for readers. Enter Steven's motivation to change. They've been thoughtful, delightful and entertaining. Through work and school though Steven gradually acquires other friends. It is as she made the story seem more plausible.
When Steven meets John, an older, attractive and more responsible man, he develops an instant crush. Grace wasn't in bad shape, but the other two women were hard to take. It is a book that features a set of deeply troubled characters. Having lived through a debilitating romance with a verbal abuser--who most likely would have turned violent if I hadn't ended things when I did--myself I believe Keyes' novel will touch and empower countless women across the world who will recognize themselves in her brave heroines and therefore seek to end their seemingly hopeless situations. Paddy de Courcy: 'charismatic', 'charming'? You can tell the author has a deep affection for both the city and the time in which the story was set.
But tough it out I did, and things do get much better. Ending in which everyone gets and feels better certainly feels like a relief after all the 'horror' most of the female characters went through, but it doesn't feel realistic. I am so disappointed in this book! From there we get to see why each woman reacted in her own way--and the reasons are Lola. His friends are encouraging but. Steven and John just meet in brief spurts over a one-year period but this is a good thing as Steven needed time to develop on his own before starting a relationship with the older, more successful man. O que eu pensava que ia conseguir com o livro, e o que a autora me apresentou, são duas coisas totalmente diferente.
Even Adrian's awful friend Flip is an era-appropriate douchebag. She's writing serious fiction that also happens to be hilarious in places. And, when Steven and John do get together, the payoff is so worth it so very worth it as the guys are on fire together with so much of the emotion behind it. It was, actually, a surprisingly good read. If any reader has made it to adulthood without knowing and being compelled by someone like Adrian then you're a lucky dog. It is very unrealistic with the characters; John who is 44 and obviously old enough not to make the flirting and teasing long and of course, Steven who loves to hook up even with his friends.
But it's not an exciting, page-turning story. I hated Adrian, so much. A person who was 25 in 1991 would be 52 in 2018. Must admit that the first chapter or so of Lola's story threw me off a bit, kept checking to make sure the entire book wasn't written in that diary style, but after a while it totally grew on me to the point where I didn't even notice it anymore. Morrissey swung gladioli throughout the performance, which marked the first time many Britains had seen The Smiths. It is deeper than it seems at first glance.
As Steven would say, he was getting all his ducks in a row. I've read it twice and loved it both times, and both times found a deeper connection to the story and the characters. Steven is an appealing protagonist, young, vulnerable and desperately trying to find himself in a sea of drugs, flashy clubs and his manipulative best friend, Adrian. In terms of women's fiction she's like Ronseal - she does what she says on the tin. This novel has a heart. He introduces Steven to the future of huge possibilities and more importantly he becomes a motivation for Steven to leave the club scene behind and grow as a person. This book has four narrators who all have a relationship of some sort with Paddy de Courcy, a slick Irish politician.