Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Review: The First Husband

'The First Husband'
Author: Laura Dave


Format: ARC
Published: Viking Adult; May 2011
Pages: 256
Genre: Women's fiction
Grade: A
Source: Author


Synopsis: Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles. But when Nick comes home from a meeting with his therapist (aka "futures counselor") and announces that he's taking a break from their relationship so he can pursue a woman from his past, the place Annie had come to call home is shattered. Reeling, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin-a grounded, charming chef who seems to be everything Annie didn't know she was looking for. Within three months, Griffin is Annie's husband and Annie finds herself trying to restart her life in rural Massachusetts. 

My Take: This book had all of the things I love in a novel and just enough of a twist for me to think it was different from anything else I had read. I like that it was close to chick-lit in that our protagonist was stuck in a love triangle and you all know I love chick-lit. I like that it was close to modern literature in that it was, um, modern and savvy and made you think at the end. It didn't just play out the way you would expect a book to play out. Kind of like how life doesn't always play out the way you expect it to. Therefore, this book was the perfect accompaniment for my recent vacation and a relaxing day on the beach. The page count and the subject matter easily digestible in a day. The topics within made me continue to think about them long afterward.

Let's start with the title shall we. The First Husband implies that there will be a second husband but let's not get hasty. Annie Adams is somewhat unlucky. She has a favorite movie, Roman Holiday. It's one of my favorites too! The sad thing is, every time she watches it, something bad happens. This has been true throughout her life. Most recently, her boyfriend of five years, her soul mate, upon her most recent watching, up and leaves her. She is devastated.

After wallowing in self-pity for a week she decides to go out for a drink where she meets a man: Griffin. A whirl-wind romance ensues and he becomes the aforementioned first husband. You might think this was a flighty decision. We all do. Her family and friends sure do. Griffin's family and friends do too. After all, she has to move across country, ends up losing her job, and doesn't even fully realize what kind of a life she has gotten herself into.

What follows is a smart look at life and love. Annie is not necessarily my favorite person. At times she even downright annoys me but I can look past all that because what we have here is a totally human character with very real reactions to an all too believable situation. Often in chick-lit we get somewhat silly plot lines. Often in modern literature everything is overwrought and you go home wanting to slit your wrists. This was a nice meeting of the minds. I can highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a dose of reality!

Cover Lust: I don't hate it, but it also doesn't thrill me. It could be a little bolder if you ask me or more suggestive. 

16 comments:

  1. Until your review, I hadn't really given this book much thought. I like when you're able to enjoy a book and see the bigger picture without really liking the main character. And this sounds like the kind of chick lit I enjoy.

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  2. This is one I've been wanting to read. My mom really liked it a lot. Sounds like a good one!

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  3. I think it is about time we see a book title with the word 'husband'. SO TIRED of WIFE books!

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  4. I am not sure if this is my type of book, but you never know. I might get it from the library at some point when I want something different.

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  5. So glad that you reviewed this book! I have been looking at it for awhile now but haven't read any reviews on it. So happy to see that you enjoyed it ... definitely adding to my TBR list!

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  6. I'm so glad you loved this one too! Laura Dave is among my favorite authors, and I adored it.

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  7. I read it after reading several rave reviews. I wasn't disappointed. Glad you weren't either!

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  8. Everyone seems to love this book. I would never have picked it up before I read those reviews, because I think the cover is awful.

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  9. This book sounds interesting. I like the fact you couldn't predict what would happen - sometimes I need exactly this sort of thing :-)

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  10. I liked her first book (The Divorce Party) so know that I need to get my eyes on this one.

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  11. I must say that I agree with you on the cover. I would sadly just yawn and move on

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  12. The cover just sucks (okay, I'm feeling pretty blunt today, obviously). It seems like it would appeal more to guys.

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  13. I don't really like the cover at all, and I wouldn't have picked up the book from the cover alone. From the description I thought it would be chick-lit, so it was nice to see that it had something more to it.

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  14. That cover does not appeal to me at all. In fact when the book first came out I didn't give this book a glance at all. The reviews for it have been great though so I have it on my wish list now. It needs a new cover!

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  15. i'm glad you enjoyed this book! it's probably one of my favorite books that i've read this year.

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