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Just friends - Robyn Sisman
Just Friends - Robyn Sisman
Member Name: HelenW
Just Friends - Robyn Sisman
Advantages: It's ok-ish
I brought this book while having a browse of the books in the oxfam shop. I brought it for 99p, as I thought it looked like an easy read. I'd started reading it a few weeks ago, but it didn't particularly keep my interest! I finished reading it last friday, when we had all that snow! I decided I wasn't going anywhere for the whole weekend, so I sat down and finished what I'd started!
The story revolves around Jack and Freya, who are, just friends. Freya is a British person who lives in New York and now runs a successful gallery and keeps a look out for up and coming artists. She is convinced that her boyfriend, Michael, a hot shot lawyer (albeit dull and straight-laced), is about to propose. Her friend Jack, is a very laddish lad! He is a writer and teaches creative writing to university student. He also has a penchant for the young ladies on his course, much to Freya's dismay. All of a sudden, Freya's step sister is getting married. Freya discovers that she needs a date for the wedding, taking place back in the UK. That's all I'm going to say, otherwise, it'll really give away the story.
To be honest, I had higher expectations of this book. Don't get me wrong, it was ok. However, I found it to be very predictable. From the first few chapters, I had a feeling I knew what was going to happen at the end... and I was right! Also, in comparison to other authors of a similar genre, I didn't find it particularly funny or entertaining in the slightest. I'll admit it, I judged the book from its cover! The cover and blurb makes it sound like it's going to be one of those "laugh out loud" kind of books.
Although, one aspect of this that I did enjoy, was Freya's friend, Catarina. Maybe it's from an aspiring lawyer point of view, that I found this character to be the most warming. Cat is from a typical Italian-American family and so far, in unmarried and has no children. She's a fiesty lawyer, who finds herself up against Michael in a divorce matter. And does he know about it! I really liked her character and thought it was very well defined. After of course, Freya and Jack, we know most about Cat and what makes her tick. Her character is very warm and generous, as opposed to how 'cold' it seems Freya can be (until the end of the story).
This book started out as being quite hardgoing. I had started reading it previously, but hadn't really been inclined to finish it. I think the only reason I picked it up again was because of the snow and having been sent home from work early, before the snow set in too much! If I had been able to go out and do my usual weekend things, I wouldn't particularly have carried on reading. This is probably because not much really happens throughout the book!
I'm going to give it 3 stars, because it wasn't terrible and it wasn't so uneventful that I didn't finish it. However, if you don't enjoy predictable endings with a lack of humour throughout, it's probably not for you. It was reasonable value for me, as I found it in oxfam for 99p, however it is available on amazon for £5.73. Personally, I would feel ripped off, had I purchased it for that price. But each to their own!
Summary: Back in the bag for the charity shop!