REVIEW: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton was my first experience with this author. For me the book was just okay. I was excited to read it because the blurb told me it was a wickedly funny laugh out loud romantic comedy. I didn’t find it any of those things. I think I chuckled once.
There was nothing wrong with her writing. There were words and sayings I had to guess at because I’m not totally familiar with those used in the UK. Her characters were well developed and I liked the voice of the narrator.
For me a lot of the book was sad and not necessarily funny. I admit I’m am of the older generation. I still have had experience with dating apps as I was widowed and I know younger folks who use them. I think some of those experiences could be fun and hilarious but, I just didn’t get that from this book.
All in all, it was a decent story. It just was not what I expected. I’m sure this book would be better suited to the younger generation of young adults.
I received a copy of this book from #Netgalley/#Knophpublishing for a fair and honest review. Thank you.
SYNOPSIS: Nina Dean is not especially bothered that she’s single. She owns her own apartment, she’s about to publish her second book, she has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and enough friends to keep her social calendar full and her hangovers plentiful. And when she downloads a dating app, she does the seemingly impossible: She meets a great guy on her first date. Max is handsome and built like a lumberjack; he has floppy blond hair and a stable job. But more surprising than anything else, Nina and Max have chemistry. Their conversations are witty and ironic, they both hate sports, they dance together like fools, they happily dig deep into the nuances of crappy music, and they create an entire universe of private jokes and chemical bliss.
But when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she’s been trying so hard to ignore: her father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse, and so is her mother’s denial of it; her editor hates her new book idea; and her best friend from childhood is icing her out. Funny, tender, and eminently, movingly relatable, Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.