Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"The Bookstore" ( A Disappointed Ashley Review)

Hello Happy Peppy People!!!!

  So, today I  bring you a book I didn't like all that much. "The Bookstore" by Deborah Meyler, is about a highly annoying woman, who becomes pregnant by her older boyfriend who dumps her.

Here is the summary taken from Goodreads........

   "A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan. Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.

Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.

The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?

A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading."

I really really wanted to like this book and I honestly tried to read it, but I could only take so much. Esme is such an annoying character who thinks her shmuck of a boyfriend is the best thing ever. When she becomes pregnant he dumps her before she can tell him about the baby and she gets a job at the owl. She is doing just fine on her own and then in walks jerk face and he doesn't want anything to do with the baby, which he tells her to her face. Esme doesn't want to believe it and keeps saying he will come back once he sees the baby and so on and so on.

This book made me so annoyed that I had to stop reading because I couldn't bring myself to get into it. I know that sounds harsh, but if Esme's character was stronger and not so whiney and naïve this would have been a good book. The plot wasn't that bad, it was just you wanted to slap the sense into the main female character because she was so damn annoying. I don't recommend this book and it hurts me to say that, because I wanted to love this book and I just couldn't.

Goodbye for now!


Rating: 2/5 photos of small bookstores.....

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