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Annie’s life is about to implode (which is fitting since she’s a chemist) but it’s so not fun when it’s her life instead of an experiment. Her boss, Todd, has been sexually harassing her, she’s living with her mom because she’s worried about her health, and her fiancé, Jon, has left on an impromptu trip to Paris… without even asking her to join him! In order to cope and in turn, avoid getting hurt again, she’s decided to avoid anyone new in her life. But, of course, as we all know, life doesn’t always go as planned and not one, but two, new people soon enter her life. “This is the problem with making a habit of a person: all of the neural pathways he has carved remain long after he’s gone.” Ironically, since the book is written mostly in first person account journal entries, I the reader inadvertently became a new person in Annie’s life! Luckily, just like her other new friend Harper, I was a positive influence and extremely supportive of her decisions. Wink wink.
I’ve been a fan of this author since she first started writing and love that her characters are so real and relatable. Epistolary novels are my jam, and this one was extremely effective in its delivery. I found myself rooting for Annie as she tried to decide what comes next. Even though the title implies that things won’t end well for her, once Annie decides to make decisions that are right for her, it’s smooth sailing ahead! If you love books with strong female leads (especially if they are raw and human and falter at times just like us), then be sure to try this one.
Location: East Haven, Michigan and Paris, France
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.