Giovanna Fletcher is one of my favourite people to follow on the internet, and I have always loved her books, but if I’m honest, I found this one really hard to get into. I think I was probably about half way through before I felt like the pace picked up enough for me to be completely invested in Sarah’s life, and there were a couple of times when I wasn’t convinced I was going to finish reading.
But the second half of the book mostly redeemed the first half, keeping me gripped and by the end I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen between Sarah and Brett.
I found the dream segments between each chapter increasingly bonkers, but perfect for conveying the surrealness of what we usually dream – I found myself laughing out loud many times at the ridiculous situations that dream Sarah found herself in.
It also made me smile that the book was set in and around my old office in London, it was nice to recognise some of the places that Sarah and her friends were going.
Now don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t all light and airy – without giving away any spoilers, there were certain sections of the book that left me wanting to cry, and that were written with sensitivity and heart. But mainly, the book made me smile.
When Brett, the guy that Sarah has been dreaming about, suddenly comes back into her life, it’s amusing to see her struggle with the differences between dream-Brett and real-Brett. But whether her dreams can ever match up to reality is another matter.
One of my main problems was that the main character, Sarah, was a complete and utter pushover – she was dumped by her ex, but still hangs out with him all the time as he is part of her friendship group – she doesn’t want him to feel left out and invites him to everything, even though it breaks her heart all over again – especially when he’s parading round Perfect Lexie – the girl he left her for.
I think I would have been more invested from the start if Sarah had been a bit more spunky and self-confident, maybe then she wouldn’t have been walked all over in her work-life either.
All in all, I thought the book was good, but it wasn’t a book that I’ll be raving about really. But I’ve read other books by Giovanna Fletcher that I loved more, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more!