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Ending ruined the whole series
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
I loved* this series until the very last chapter of the very last book, and then the ending ruined everything. Remember how bad the ending was for How I Met Your Mother, where they built up the entire series around Ted meeting The Mother, only to kill her off and hook him up with Robin in the last 5 minutes? This was exponentially worse.
It's not that I mind that Carlotta wound up with
Jack. I was team Coop, but it was clear Carlotta had more chemistry with Jack. It's that Carlotta left Coop at the alter and then ran off to marry Jack that very day without even having the decency to break things off with Coop! What kind of monster does that to someone, let alone to someone you profess to love? Are we just supposed to be happy that Carlotta and Jack get their happy ending and never mind the emotional devastation she wreaked on someone who had done nothing but love, support, and cherish her? Is she a sociopath, or just breathtakingly cruel and selfish? The ending was so hideous that it's tainted my view of the entire series. I wish I could go back and scrub the last chapter out of my brain. All that said, I do recommend the book...as long as you stop reading before the last chapter.
*Before the ending, my one complaint with the series was the extreme overuse of the word "murmured" and the phrase "made a rueful/mournful noise." They come up so nauseatingly often that it makes one wonder if Carlotta is pathologically unable to speak at normal conversational tones or use her words to articulate unhappy feelings. How did the editor let that happen for 12 entire books??