Saturday, May 7, 2011
Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney
I really enjoyed this book. Hannah is a likeable character, trying to make a success of her life and she keeps going even when she gets a big kick in the teeth from her philandering live-in boyfriend. She has a supportive family, a best friend- Adam, and employees who care about her business. Ms. Meaney juggles a lot of plots in this book and does an excellent job doing so. There is a thread about Hannah's romantic life and if it progresses or stays stagnant. We get a glimpse into the hard life of a person who runs their own business and the triumphs and pitfalls of that endeavor. Philandering Patrick gets a storyline which includes his now pregnant girlfriend. One of Hannah's friends has a personal tragedy that is related to Hannah's dad through a friendship of his. Lots of things going on in this book....
Ms. Meaney weaves everything together so it all makes sense. Characters are not one dimensional and we see both sides of each one's story. There were characters that would be unsympathetic under less skilled hands but in this book we see both their flaws and their difficulties. There is one female character that is pretty despicable and hard to understand but we do get a small peek into her motivation for the things she does. (Still didn't like her!)
This is a good book to settle down with for the weekend and enjoy. I look forward to reading other books by the same author.
Library note: This book is available at RPL in the Adult New Book section as a trade paperback.