Very few do NA as consistently well as Audrey Bell. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but the proof is in the pudding. If you’ve read her previous works I’m sure you will agree. If you enjoyed The Edge of Never & Breakfast At Tiffany’s… I definitely think you will find this one to be a WINNER!!!
This was a 4.5 star read for me. To be honest I was a little bit nervous about starting this. I love Audrey Bell. Carry Your Heart was a wonderful book. I loved how she was able to write a story about new adults that isn’t stereotypical or dealing with the same old/same old plotline. Love Show is and will always be one of my most favorite books ever. It was humorous, heart-warming, and beautiful. So as you can see I have very high expectations for Audrey…
My main concern when beginning January was that from the blurb I knew that she was going to be a rich, spoiled girl and I was afraid that the book would be full of first world problems which tend to make me roll my eyes so hard that I fear they will get lodged in the back of my head! 32% in and I was already sure I would not have any trouble connecting with January…
Ok, so I have a really, really hard time relating to the uber rich when a book is heavily laden in first world problems… I’m so glad that I’m not having that problem right now. I love how January can be vapid, spoiled, and entitled but she also recognizes & accepts these things & can make fun of herself. She comes off with a great deal of sincerity & dare I say I can actually empathize with her!
As the story unfolds you feel an amazing amalgam of feelings sometimes all at once. I really did not like January at times. She was all of those things that I described above. What made her likeable and dare I say loveable was her inner monologue and how real she kept it with herself. She also had a killer sense of humor. At other times your heart just broke for her to be in such a difficult position when she had no part in the making of it and has no way to alleviate it. Her vulnerability and helplessness made her human and went a long way to me being able to empathize with her character. Through the story if nothing else you learn that she is a survivor and far more complex than a girl who used to have money.
Christian is from a typical middle-class family. He has a twin brother and a future ahead of him that is bright and full of fame and fortune as a professional hockey player. One event puts him into a tailspin that you really are not sure how he will navigate through. He is defeated and he harbors a great deal of guilt and self-loathing. He is really just getting by and those who love him and care for him are struggling to find ways to reach him with little success. He is also just as complex as January. At times I hated him and thought he was a jackass of epic proportions, even though I understood. At other times he was just adorable and the nicest guy ever.
I love characters that are dynamic and can provoke so many feelings and emotions from you, sometimes all at once. It is realistic. No one is perfect and those that you love have massive issues and things that you hate about them and/or their character. Yet, you love them anyway! I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it as it will be going on the list with my favorites. If you haven’t read Love Show yet I suggest you pick that one up as well and if you need more reasons why…
“Well, my feet hurt, my confidence has been destroyed, and I am covered in gin. So, if you don’t like how I eat pizza, I’m sorry, but I just don’t have any fucks left to give.” ~January
“Well, I just mean I didn’t really want a husband. It sounds so permanent. I just wanted you know, my other half.” ~January
“I just feel like you don’t realize what a psychopath I am.” He nodded. “Oh, no, I get it.” “I don’t think so.” “I know you’re a real piece of work.” ~January & Christian