contemporary · Short Stories

Six Foot Six – Kit De Waal ★★★★

Blurb; It’s an exciting day for Timothy Flowers. It’s the third of November, and it’s Friday, and it’s his twenty-first birthday. When Timothy walks to his usual street corner to see his favourite special bus, he meets Charlie. Charlie is a builder who is desperate for Timothy’s help because Timothy is very tall, six feet six inches. Timothy has never had a job before – or no work that he’s kept for more than a day. But when Timothy and Charlie have to collect money from a local thug, things don’t exactly go according to plan…

Over the course of one day, Timothy’s life will change for ever.

My review; Even though this is only 80 pages long this was a brilliant short read. Impacts the reader, well it did for me. Meet Timothy (Tim), he’s 21 and as soon as I started reading this I was thinking a disability or accident victim. He acts miles younger than his age which does get explained in the story. He’s so cute bless him. Loved his character.

Doesn’t lie. Tells the truth. Hates to be alone and the in the dark. But boy did he work hard in this short story and what I also loved was the fact Charlie never took advantage of him or made fun of him like most people would. One I won’t forget for a while. Lovely. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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Could not find this on Amazon US. Apologies.


Early Morning Riser – Katherine Heiny ★★★★

Blurb; A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family

Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, he has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan. Jane sees Duncan’s old girlfriends everywhere–at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away.

While Jane may be able to come to terms with dating the world’s most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she did not have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, a woman with shiny hair and pale milkmaid skin, still has Duncan mow her lawn. His coworker, Jimmy, comes and goes from Duncan’s apartment at the most inopportune times. Sometimes Jane wonders if a relationship can even work with three people in it–never mind four. Five if you count Aggie’s eccentric husband, Gary. Not to mention all the other residents of Boyne City, who freely share with Jane their opinions of her choices.

But any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon Jane’s life is permanently intertwined with Duncan’s, Aggie’s, and Jimmy’s, and Jane knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane’s eyes? A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Katherine Heiny’s Early Morning Riser is her most astonishingly wonderful work to date.

My Review; This was a different read for me not one I would have normally picked up for myself but I am so glad I did. After seeing this all over Instagram I had to see what it was about. The story focuses on main character Jane who falls for Duncan the guy who has loved everyone in the town or knows all the ladies in some way. She feels uneasy at times and never thinks Duncan will settled down with her. Will he change? Will she calm him down?

Brilliantly written. Devoured it. Something different for me which I really enjoyed and would recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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contemporary · romance

Luster – Raven Leilani ★★★★

Blurb; Edie is just trying to survive. She’s messing up in her dead-end admin job in her all-white office, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. No one seems to care that she doesn’t really know what she’s doing with her life beyond looking for her next hook-up. And then she meets Eric, a white, middle-aged archivist with a suburban family, including a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter who doesn’t have a single person in her life who can show her how to do her hair. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscape of sexual and racial politics as a young black woman wasn’t already hard enough, with nowhere else left to go, Edie finds herself falling head-first into Eric’s home and family.

My Review; This was a different read for me personally but one I still enjoyed. It focused on Edie but she isn’t living the perfect life by any means. She is off the track and lost herself. She’s sleeping around, lost her job and drinking. She soon finds herself in one of her lovers homes with his wife and things might be starting to turn around for her?

A brilliant debut. I feel a lot of younger people could relate to her character at some point. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. I devoured this.

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