This is a review of the 2000 book 'HoneyMoon' by Amy Jenkins, an author who is also known for being the creator of the cult BBC2 TV series 'This Life.' I have had this book on the to read shelf for literally years and it just did not appeal to me even when I was getting married for some reason. Now I have read it I can share the reasons behind my negative title.
The book follows the aptly titled Honey who is about to get married to a man (Ed) she thinks she loves but is not entirely convinced. The reason for her doubt is because she once met a man for one night called Alex who she believes is the love of her life and the one who got away. He lives in America and promised after the one night that he would write but seven years later Honey realises that she should get over him because he is not going to magically reappear on the scene. Fast forward to Honey's wedding day and a series of massive coincidences and Alex is back in her life, also newly married.
I don't want to go overboard in this review but honestly what a load of tripe and irritating writing styles. Woven into the story line is Honey's advice on how to meet the love of your life based on her exprience of meeting Ed. She has a really unfunny habit of writing something then saying only joking, or that didn't really happen but I wish it had and so you are led to belive her imaginations before she sets you right as the reader. Now that is just annoying. Also, characters pop up all over the place and are unexplained and you are not really sure who they are. One character seems to change names and pops up as a random Sophie / Martha and I couldn't really care less but am not sure what or who she was. Another weird character was someone called Paul who she met on a family vacation when she was little and he turns up again without a context. There are unfinished story lines and unexplained parts like how does Honey get from LA to Mexico without a passport via a valid airport? Finally, who is her boss Mac and what does he do and what does Honey actually do for a job other than visit appartments and seemingly go on holiday with different men?
Aside from the many issues I have with this book, the main problem for me was that the author tried too hard to be funny and certainly used inappropriate fodder for jokes. On page 194 I was most upset by her attempt to make the reader laugh when Honey is trying to avoid Alex and his new wife:
"I suppose, technically speaking, that I could have twisted my ankle or claimed to be having a miscarriage or cried wolf in some other way to prevent this appalling turn of events."
Well, I don't think anyone who has been through a miscarriage would ever find this remotely funny and even those who haven't would have enough empathy to not use it as content for jokey writing. I feel strongly that this is a really immature angle to take and am so surprised this made the edit. There are also several typos in the book that are substandard and as for the raving reviews from fellow authors and publications, I can't help but wonder whether they actually read this shoddy piece of writing before endorsing it.
I am not going to waste any more time even thinking about this book but will advise fellow readers to avoid this book and turn it down even if it is offered to them as a free copy.
This is Amy Jenkins first novel, she also wrote the hit series This Life but I must have been the only person who never watched it I tuned in once and I couldn't keep up with the storyline even though most of my friends raved about it and constantly filled me in on what was going on etc. This was about the same as this book. I kept having to go back a few pages as I constantly felt I was missing some important details and parts of the story out and who characters were and how they were involved in the plot of the book. Spoiler alert! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a story about a girl called Honeymoon or Honey for short who is preparing for her wedding to Ed who although is very nice and perfect husband material she can't stop thinking about the love of her life whom she met seven years ago and had a one night fling with never to b heard of from again but she still can't get him out of her head and still wonders what might have been all those years later. Her sister Venice by strange coincidence gets hired by a couple to feng shui their wedding and yes you've guessed it the groom is Honey's love of her life still the same after all those years but on the brink of marriage just like Honey. I won't tell you any more of the storyline as there wouldn't be any point in reading the book yourself. Spoiler over phew! This is an easy flowing story and it catches you up in the flow but I sometimes think that Amy Jenkins presumes that you are psychic and that you automatically know who some characters are and what how they are involved in the story and what signifigance they have. The book gets more sillier as it goes along and you feel as if the writer is living in a fantasy world with some of the twists as I heard myself on several occasions saying yeah right that would really happen in real life. Saying
all that I still enjoyed this book and I bought it for the rock bottom price of 35p from my local charity shop bargain of the year or what you can't even buy a bar of chocolate for that sometimes. I would have given this book only two stars but I will be generous and give it three as some people have enjoyed this book and you can't account for different tastes. It would be a funny old world if we all liked the same things wouldn't it. :)
It was the cover that got my attention, which was quite obviously the reason for it's colour. I'm sorry to say that I was really dissapointed though. I stared reading this book ages ago, but I got so bored that I gave up - it's not often that I do that as some books are slow at the beginning and then pick up, unfortunately this was not one of them. However, some weeks later I decided to give it another try. It bored me to tears. The plot sounded great, c'mon a fella from 7 years ago when you're due to get married? !! Of course that's a catchy ploy and one to drag the readers in! Unfortunately this did nothing but send me into a very deep sleep every night, so I guess something good did come out of it!
This is Amy Jenkin's first novel. Judging by the blurb on the back, I thought it would be very amusing, and the sort of book that you cant put down. Something along the lines of Jane Green or Marian Keyes. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Its not a bad book, but just not as riveting as i was expecting. It starts off quite well, the characters are well-developed. The main character is a young twenty-something who is on the verge of getting married. The book starts off on her hen night. She has a bit of a 'tempestuous' relationship with her fiance. However, they manage to get it together and make it down the aisle. All seems to be going well until she sees the Love of Her Life at the hotel where she is to start her honeymoon. Events take an unrealistic turn when she runs off with him, leaving her new husband in the lurch. i thought it was pretty far fetched to run off with another man on your wedding day...even though it was supposed to be fiction! it just seemed so unrealistic.And to be honest, the main character is really quite annoying. Unfortunately the book doesnt get any better after this, i wont spoil the ending! but it is similarly far fetched! This book is ok for reading on the beach, but its not one that i would really recommend to my friends. Started off well-but a disappointing ending.
When I picked up this book in the shop and saw it was by the creator of "This Life" I thought "Brilliant, I'm going to really enjoy this!" How wrong. I have nothing against things being different but when that difference causes disappointment, like this book did, I wish people would just leave things alone! I thought the storyline about a girl about to get married, reminiscing to her Hen-Friends about the love of her life showed great promise and when, round about the middle of the book, she met the love of her life on her honeymoon, I couldn't put the book down. Unfortunately that was about as good as it got, in fact it went decidedly down hill in the last few chapters. I don't think Jenkins made the best of a good storyline. As one of my teachers used to say, could do better....
This book really gets you away from real life, this is not the sort of book I would usually read but I wanted a bit of escapism, and this was the book for the job. I suppose part of the reason I picked it up in the first place was because of its bright pink or blue cover, it was hard to miss!!! On reading the back I discovered that it was written by the creator of 'This Life' which I loved...so that was it, sold! The book is about a woman called Honey who is about to get married. The story starts on her hen night, she starts to tell her mates how she met 'the love of her life' 7 years ago, it was a one night thing but she thinks about him a lot. Her husband-to-be is a nice young man, and they get married! Then they go on honeymoon, and then the trouble starts..... It is funny and easy to read. The characters are descibed very well, I think a lot of women will be able to relate to the characters and what they go through. The story line is not fantastic and some people wouuld get bored by it. I think it would be a great book for going on holiday with to lounge around the pool.
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