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Stick or Twist - Eleanor Moran

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Eleanor Moran / Paperback / 368 Pages / Book is published 2009-02-26 by Penguin

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      21.08.2010 11:08
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      After finally working my way through my library books and actually managing to not borrow anymore (I am such a book whore!), I was able to start on the book pile in my bedroom, and I am ashamed to say that the book I will now review has been on my bookcase for so long I had forgotten it is my sisters!

      The book I will now review is - "Stick or twist by Eleanor Moran".

      The story is told from Anna's standpoint, she is the main character of the story and it is her lovelife being written about!

      The story starts with Anna and her long term partner Adam, she knows that there relationship is stuck in a bit of a funk but cannot bear the thought of not being with him so tries to spice things up a bit by taking Adam away on a romantic weekend away.

      One there everything seems to be a bit of an effort an things are not looking too good, that is until Adam proposes.

      Anna is completely mortified and knows instantly that this not what she wants at all an feels obliged to tell Adam, thus ending the relationship.

      Things couldn't possibly be any worse for Anna, she is kipping on her best friend Polly's sofabed, she has lied to the "super mummies" at work, they keep sniffing around the engagement rumours between herself an Adam, an she is undecided on whether she has made the right decision or not, that's when Harry walks into her life, he is gorgeous, five years younger than her and just incredible, will he be the reward for her twisting rather than sticking.........

      I knew before reading it that this was going to be a book from the chick lit genre, light, romantic with a little bit of heartbreak thrown into the mix and I knew I would enjoy it!

      I love the fact that I didn't really sympathise with the main character at first, I felt she was a selfish self obsessed character that had little thought for others or there feelings, though as the book progressed I was pleased to realise that that was what the author wants the reader to feel, with the character seemingly having the same epiphany towards the end of the book, so that made the character feel a little more likeable!

      I loved the journey to take with Anna beautifully supported with a wide and unusual cast of characters, ranging from the best friends, Polly the flatmate an Susie the barren married one, so you are treated to IVF in all it's glory, though not a subject I would consider funny the author makes the subject approachable and quite amusing at times!

      The parents Karen and Greg are again a joy to read about, never allowing their two children to call them mum and dad, Karen and Greg are Anna's hippy parents that believe in environmental issues and believe they need to stop the "unnecessary raping of mother earth" these wonderfully eccentric people add a fun element to the proceedings though little else!

      Price wise this is available form www.amazon.co.uk for the price of £4.99.

      This is a light and funny read that I thoroughly enjoyed, recommended!

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-0-141-03646-5

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        25.05.2009 14:34
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        An excellent debut novel!

        When we meet Anna Christie at the start of Stick or Twist she is extremely confused. Should she marry Adam who she has been living with for ten years but no longer loves or she should she try to start all over again? Although it's painful, she decides that she can't marry Adam, so at thirty two she is suddenly on her own, sleeping on her friend Polly's sofa and having to play the dating game.

        This wonderful book captures brilliantly the ups and downs of being a single thirty-something in a funny yet thoughtful way. Anna suddenly finds herself being set up with totally unsuitable men whilst many of her friends can't understand why she has thrown away what looked like a perfect relationship. Eventually she meets Harry who she could imagine herself falling in love with, but then again, he isn't Adam! Added to this she finds herself managing a huge project at work, supporting one of her friends as she goes through the anguish of IVF and she's also childminding her godson while his mum suffers a personal tragedy. When she discovers that Adam is dating again it really is the final straw.

        This is Eleanor Moran's debut novel and it's a thoroughly enjoyable read. Before I had even read the first page I was laughing out loud as Anna laments that monogamy and monotony are such worryingly similar words and then proceeds to describe how her conversations with Adam are most likely to be about which sort of toilet paper they should buy. As the novel is written in the first person the reader is able to share all Anna's hopes and anxieties with her and this really draws you in to the story. I love the fact that as I read the story it feels that Anna is talking to and confiding in me which is what I want when a novel is written in the first person.

        Anna is such a likeable character that you do find yourself wanting things to work out for her. It's easy to identify with her too because she is going through the sort of dilemmas that most people will go through at some time in their lives. All of the other main characters are very believeable as well, although there are some that you are definitely expected to like more than others. The style of the book is very chatty and informal thus making it very easy to read.

        I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the moment I picked it up to start reading. It's a modern story about modern relationships that has the ability to make you laugh one moment yet make you think the next. There is a certain predictability to the storyline but I can forgive that because it's such an enjoyable read.

        This book is currently available on Amazon for £5 and it has 368 pages.

        This review has previously appeared under my name at www.thebookbag.co.uk

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