Monday, 28 April 2014

The opposite of Maybe - Maddie Dawson

A heartfelt, funny, and all-together human novel about the best mistakes a person can make.

Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised. But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.

It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers. 

It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

My thoughts:
Sometimes life just seems to stagnate. Rose and Jonathan just are.. but are they truly happy? There seems to be a lot of little things that show that they might not be perfect for each other. But they have been together so long, and they are happy-ish.

Jonathan is obsessed with tea-cups..yes, I said that. That is all there is in his head. She deserves more.

Rose is no better, cos they both gave up on what they really wanted long ago. She used to write poetry, he made pottery. They are that childless couple that is happy to be just the two of them. But what would the book be without complications?

Jonathan moves across country, Rose moves in with her grandma. Someone needs to take care of Soapie, but then there is Tony who lives there too and does take care of her. I liked Tony, he was a good friend to Rose. Because then life gets more complicated when she finds herself pregnant at 44. What do do then?

It's about Rose coming to terms with her pregnancy. Soapie trying to say that Rose should get more out of life. And slowly Rose might or might not realize what she wants.

Conclusion:
A nice book, it had this kind of lazy Sunday night vibe (ok no one knows what that means, but it was nice and relaxed.) And I am glad how it all turned out in the end.

Cover
ok

Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2014)
Fiction
For review

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

Unknown said...

I know exactly what you mean. I love lazy Sunday morning reads, and this one sounds perfect!

Unknown said...

Looks like a fun one, and I too love lazy reads ;)

BiblioSanctum said...

Hmm, a tea-cup obsession? Like, he collects tea-cups? Because that actually sounds like it could be pretty interesting... :P

~Mogsy

Karen said...

I get what you mean by Sunday night read and this one does sound really good.

Scary prospect being on your own and pregnant at 44!

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

What kind of man is obsessed with teacups? That is just weird weird.

brandileigh2003 said...

Totally get the lazy Sunday vibe feeling. Its kinda sad when a relationship become Just Is... but happens too often

Chris said...

A cozy read, even tho it doesn't sound like it would be!

Blodeuedd said...

*waves hello*

Blodeuedd said...

Good that you get it :D

Blodeuedd said...

Especially when I got to be outside in the sun

Blodeuedd said...

He does, lol. I mean yes it would be cool, but he would rather go look at tea-cups instead of having sex with her (they were in the middle of it and ooo teacups)

Blodeuedd said...

Good, so it was just not me rambling :)

I know, that would be scary

Blodeuedd said...

I know =-=

Blodeuedd said...

Sad, but yes it happens :/

Blodeuedd said...

Cozy, eh, not so much in a way

Unknown said...

Great review. The book sounds interesting. I'll have to add it to my ever-growing wishlist on my blog to read sometime. By the way, I totally understand what you mean when you say a lazy Sunday night vibe :)

Blodeuedd said...

Good :D I was afraid I was rambling but it just gave me that feeling :)

Oh that ever growing wishlist, if I only had a million dollars

Keertana said...

Not sure this is for me, but I love the idea of a lazy Sunday read. Lovely review!

Yvonne said...

Sounds like it could be a nice weekend read.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Teacups? LOL It does sound like a good relaxing read.

The Bookworm said...

Sounds like fun, and I do like those lazy Sunday night vibe type reads.

Carole Rae said...

What is the opposite of maybe....mmmmm....*thinks*
LMAO! Boyfriend is like that...except instead of teacups its video games....0.0 Boys.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I know exactly what you mean by lazy Sunday night vibe.

zEmfIrKa said...

I think I can totally understand the "lazy Sunday" vibe & this book totally sounds like it. Cute! :)

Unknown said...

I want lazy Sunday nights!

Melliane said...

It sounds nice but I don't think I would read it...

Blodeuedd said...

It was truly perfect for that

Blodeuedd said...

I am sure you would enjoy it

Blodeuedd said...

A man needs a hobby...I guess

Blodeuedd said...

They can be so good

Blodeuedd said...

Video games are better, I mean tea cups and tea cups win over you

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Good that you all get it :D

Blodeuedd said...

Me too!

Blodeuedd said...

It's not for everyone

Aurian said...

It sounds nice, not sure if I would like it though. The nightmare of getting pregnant at that age (I am almost there!)

Jenny said...

Glad to know everything works out well in the end, that's how I like my books to wrap up!

Blodeuedd said...

It's a dangerous age too

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Huh. A tea-cup obsession. LOL I don't even know what to do with that. ::snort::

BookaholicCat said...

I don't get when people say "she got accidentally pregnant". How can you get accidentally pregnant? Did she fell down on a dick?

Blodeuedd said...

LOL! No, they forgot the condom

Blodeuedd said...

It was original for sure

Anna said...

I love my lazy Sundays, so that description makes it sound good to me. :)

Blodeuedd said...

:=D

Mystica said...

I do so like bookaholic cat's observation! gave me the giggles!

Unknown said...

Sometimes a lazy Sunday night vibe is good in a story. I'm not going to lie, snorted water when I saw bookaholic's comment. :-)

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I know

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, she does make a point

Linda said...

This one sounds sweet.

Book of Secrets said...

Preggers at 44? Oy. I'm 43 and, well, oy. LOL. I do like the sound of the book. I'd love to meet Soapie.

Blodeuedd said...

It was

Blodeuedd said...

She was the queen of soap :) And amusing

Mishel said...

Teacups you say? Could be much worse!! lol

I like the sound of this one. Sounds like an overall enjoyable read that I might have to add to my TBR.

Blodeuedd said...

He could collect dead bugs or something ;)

Teddyree said...

teacups ... well that's different. Different can be good :)

Blodeuedd said...

LOL, it was amusing

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