Happy Friday my fellow word lovers. How are you? Hope the answer is good and if it’s not then I hope by next week it will be. 🙂 I am happy to be writing my first book review this week- care of Blogging for Books. I’m even more happy to say that it is a positive one.
The Opposite of Maybe is a story of Rosie and Jonathan, a couple in their forties who have been together for 15 years, leading a pretty mundane life. They are not married, have no kids and not a lot of money. They are the last ones of their friends living the so-called noncommittal life. There’s also the character Soapie: Rosie’s 88-year-old Grandmother who loves booze, cigarettes, sex and speaking her mind, but won’t admit she is aging and needs help. Everything changes when Jonathan decides he needs to move away to start a tea-cup museum with his new partner Andrew and Rosie moves in with Soapie only to find herself pregnant after a no condom mishap night with Jonathan. The story begins the unfold…
The best part of this book is the character development. Soapie’s character gave the story humor at the right times. She said and did things that you weren’t expecting a 88-year-old lady to say and do which I loved. As for Rosie, I really believed that I could feel what she was going through: the fear and doubt about having a baby at 44 on her own and second guessing her relationship with Jonathan and still wanting him to be a part of the baby’s life. Each chapter I became more and more attached to these quirky, loveable characters.
The Opposite of Maybe is perfectly balanced with wit, depth, and a refreshingly humorous perspective on what it means to be human. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was an easy, well written read and I will definitely keep my eyes open for other book written by Maddie Dawson.
Thank you Maddie for sharing this endearing story and for making me think harder about the kind of characters I want to write in my own novel.
To those of you who decide to pick up this book and read it, let me know your thoughts on it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I look forward to picking up my next book to review. Have a happy and safe weekend. Until next week… stay tuned for my big news! You won’t want to miss it!!