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    Well-Done by a New Author

    I really enjoyed this book from first-time author Julia Sonneborn. The characters and dialogue were fun and interesting, the setting lovely and a bit reminiscent of my own college campus from SO many years ago. I've never read Persuasion, so I can't speak to how well this works as a "modern retelling", but it worked very well for me on its own merits. As happens so often with romances, I found myself wanting to smack the characters at times and tell them to "communicate, already!" But overall, I very much liked this one and hope to read more in the future from this author. Copy provided by Netgalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an unbiased review.
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    OMG NO

    Cardboard characters. Situations that demand a superhuman level of suspension of disbelief (someone publishes 3 books without anyone noticing he pulled two full pages from a Dickens novel). Sassy gay best friend who has no personality outside his sassiness. Boring heroine. Barely-there hero. Seriously, his name is mentioned a lot but there's no build up or payoff in this book, they barely interact. It's all built on "oh I used to love you I guess I still love you!" The heroine doesn't even seem to like him that much. (And neither does the reader because how can you like someone you never see.) Both the heroine and gay best friend are stupid to the point of lunacy, regularly believing any transparent lie someone tells them, and the heroine is totally cool with her friend helping a guy cheat on his wife. (I mean, to the point that she has any thoughts about anything.) No one in this book has chemistry with anyone else. What a disaster.
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