Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
Camila ‘Casey’ Peabody, a 31-year-old waitress with overwhelming student debt, is grieving the recent death of her mother while living with the anxiety of being an unpublished writer. While grappling with these issues (and more), Casey dates two very different men and has personal experiences that enable her to confront and cope with her past and present.

Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, because first, it wasn’t what I had expected, and second, there was an element of King’s writing style that I couldn’t warm up to. This was her overuse of repetitious sentence structures, for example:
1. “Lunch is amateur hour. Lunch is for...”
2. “Maybe it was just spring. Maybe that’s...”
3. “She loved a story. She loved...”
(and so on in this manner, primarily in the first third of the book).

But once I got over these humps, I grew to really like this story. It has great character development with clear introspection and doesn’t shy away from depicting our flawed human interactions.

Further, King eloquently portrays significance in the routine of life and how circumstances and our outlook can drastically change with just minor shifts in our experiences. Feelings of melancholy, nostalgia, and happiness are all wrapped up into one in this story. And at the end, King offers a hopeful and happy new beginning for Casey.

This is a beautifully written story. I’m glad I kept reading it and gave it the opportunity it deserved.
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