Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review: "I'm Glad About You" by Theresa Rebeck + GIVEAWAY

I'm Glad About You Theresa Rebeck
Published: February 23, 2016
ISBN: 9780399172885
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher

You might enjoy this book if you like: Stories about the entertainment industry, TV romances, stories about first loves and childhood romances

Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing.  Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past. 

When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far more different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined. Back home in Ohio, Kyle marries in haste and repents at leisure. Reluctantly embracing life in suburban hell, he becomes a pediatrician. While Kyle’s dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows. As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions. I’m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live. 

My Thoughts:
This is one of those books where, if I were a different person, I probably would have enjoyed it more.  There were things that I liked about it and things that, while I can't say I didn't like, didn't interest me.

The concept of first loves whose lives take different routes and continue to intersect is what attracted me to this book.  Rebeck does an excellent job examining the dynamics of that sort of relationship.  When the story begins, Kyle and Allison have been broken up (for the last time) for quite some time, so we are able to see that they are already on separate paths, even though there is still a pull towards each other.

Kyle and Allison are both well-formed characters.  Neither is entirely likable or unlikable, but both are wholly believable.  I will say that I rooted more for Allison, simply because I felt that she seemed to value herself more than Kyle valued himself.  They both made decision that drove me crazy, and I felt for both of them as their dreams didn't turn out as they had hoped.

I found Allison's story a point.  Rebeck has worked in television and I believe that her depiction of this world is accurate.  And it did hold my attention--for a while.  However, I can't say that it is a fault of the book necessarily that I started to zone out of it.  The entertainment industry just isn't something I'm terribly interested in.  I think another reader, one who is more interested in how that all works, would have more success with it.

Kyle's story was both believable and infuriating.  I wish I could say that it wasn't completely realistic, but I have known people like his friend Dennis and his wife Van and, in my experience, what he goes through is not that far out there.

So, while this may not have been a hit with me, I would still recommend it to someone who I think would find the subject matter more interesting.  And it was good enough for me that I would be interested in reading more by Theresa Rebeck.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this book.

Thanks to G.P. Putnam's Sons, I have one hardcover copy of this book to giveaway to one of my readers.  This giveaway will run until midnight on March 9th and is open to US readers only.

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