Reviewed by Melanie on June 30, 2017
Very rarely will I not finish a book, and this makes three this year. During the first chapter, the setting seemed so familiar, then it clicked “This sounds like Philadelphia with Tom Hanks. I’ve already seen this movie.” While there are definite similarities between the movie and this book, I decided to give the book a try.
Sam, the main character is so secretive he’s unlikable. He hides and lies, and this not only makes him untrustworthy, but makes me hate him before I even really get into the story. Starting in chapter one you figure out that Sam has secrets, an entirely secret side of him. While I understand the stigma about his secret, especially in 1986, I find it really difficult to read about.
Jeanette is a weak woman, terrified of her own shadow. She only cares about what every one else thinks about her. She has a “scandalous secret” that I really doubt any one in the 80s, or even in the 70s when she was young would care about. As usual, I’m not big on spoiling the book, but every time she discussed her “secret” I rolled my eyes.
With both main characters being so unlikable, I just have no love for the book. I decided to quit torturing myself with a book I couldn’t get behind at 35%.