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I very often buy books from charity shops and I often go there with my friends - I know they can sometimes recommend me really good ones. But to be completely honest, I have no idea how 'I Did a Bad Thing' by Linda Green ended up on me shelf but recently I just thought that it has been here for such a long time so maybe I should read it.
Sarah Roberts used to be a good girl. And then she did something very bad. Even though seven years have passed, she still keeps on punishing herself and she feels as great remorse as she felt at that time. She tries to live a decent life as a reporter, with her boyfriend Jonatham who is a very active person hoping to save the planet.
And then Nick suddenly re-appears in her life. This is the moment when the book starts - Sarah and her editor are interviewing four people who would like to work for their newspaper, and three of them are absolutely hopeless. Then Nick walks in and it is obvious he is going to get the job.
I must say that when I was reading first chapter, I was getting quite annoyed. It did not seem that I will ever find out what Sarah did, instead I thought that the next 250 pages will be about her current life trying to make up for the past. It was quite clear that there was something going on between Sarah and Nick but at first I thought I will never find out.
Well, I was wrong. The next chapter was written seven years ago so the book is structured in the way that one chapter is written from a current point of view and usually the next chapter was written seven years ago. So having read the first chapter, I moved on and I was not getting annoyed anymore - I actually started enjoying the book.
Sarah is a very nice, normal girl. I am sure that many of us could identify with her. Nick is a charming, handsome man and from the very beginning you just want them to be together. Jonatham is a teacher, he is also a vegan and it seems to me that he would rather starve himself to death than buy a non-organic (or no-Fairtrade) food. I must admit that from almost the very beginning he was getting on my nerves.
It was very hard to put down - I could not stop reading! It just makes you want to read more and more.
The book is written in the first person so Sarah is the narrator. It really helped me to understand the main character and even though I do not support her previous actions, I feel they can actually be justified and I understand her situation.
'I Did a Bad Thing' is written in a fairly easy language - even though I am not a native speaker, I did not struggle with many words. Perhaps it is not the most ambitious sort of book but every now and then I feel I need to read something just to relax and this book was just perfect for that.
Sarah Roberts lives with her vegan, eco-friendly boyfriend Jonathon and works in Birmingham as a local newspaper reporter. She has a respectable job and a respectable life, and everything is going well until Nick, someone she knew a long time ago, joins her newspaper. Suddenly Sarah has to face the past....
I do like a chick-lit book and this one struck me as fresh and original. I liked the fact that the book is based in Birmingham, which is near where I live and I have worked there, meaning I could picture the book much better.
The book links Sarah's present and past and cleverly leaves the reader guessing what the bad thing was. Just to give you a clue - she had done several bad things. I found I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened.
Sarah, Nick, Jonathan and the other characters are all well written and likable. Sarah is a normal, down to earth girl and I think most people can identify with having done something bad and trying to make good of it and she elicits sympathy - or at least she did from me. Nick comes across as part good guy, part bad guy, but from the start, you somehow want them both to end up together. Jonathan is probably the most stereo-typical of the three characters - his insistence at everything being vegan, environmentally friendly and ethical is a little over the top at times. I did giggle at the bit when Sarah bought a pint of milk from a petrol station... his reaction was very funny.
Like many good books of it's kind, Linda Green's novel makes you laugh in places and then looks at the more serious side of life. It's a lot better than many other similar styled books out there and I would definitely recommend it. In fact so much so, I bought this book for my friends one Christmas as I wanted everyone to read it and enjoy it.
Years ago, in a forgotten part of her life, Sarah Roberts did something very bad. Now she's trying to make up for it by having a respectable job, a nice boyfriend, going to regular 'save the earth' meetings and promising herself that she'll never do a bad thing again. But when someone from her past walks back into her life, Sarah has no choice but to come to terms with what she did. And all of a sudden being bad doesn't seem so bad any more.
~ My opinion ~
I love a good chick-lit and this one sounded brilliant full of fun and spice.
The book is written in the first person from the view of the main character, Sarah. It is a very interesting yet varied read as the chapters alternate, going from the present day and then back to Sarah's younger life. This means that we get to read about her at the time when she did this bad thing which makes her more likeable as we see her side to the story and the pain she went through which doesn't make her seem all bad. I warmed to her character immediately as she has a typical chick-lit female role which makes readers like her despite her flaws. Although she did a bad thing - actually there were quite a few bad things - I also sympathised with her as her character had tried so hard to put her past behind her that she had forgotten how to have fun and be happy.
Nick, the person who walks back into Sarah's life, is someone that no woman could resist. He's handsome, charismatic, successful and funny but Sarah wants nothing to do with him this time around.
Jonathan, Sarah's current boyfriend, couldn't be any more different to Nick. A primary school teacher and strict vegan, Jonathan lives to do things for others with his caring nature. Despite Jonathan being a lovely guy though, I couldn't help wanting Sarah and Nick to reignite their passion as the chemistry between them was obvious from the start.
Linda Green writes in a way that makes the book very easy to read. She writes in a fairly simple style but still manages to keep you interested and wanting to find out what's going to happen next the entire way through. I got through the book so quickly as I found it was one that was hard to put down. It contained many real life situations, some of which were horrible and some which were shocking, but it was also a very spicy and funny book that had me laughing out loud many times.
I really enjoyed this and am going to make sure that I look out for any future books by Linda Green.