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Sundays at Tiffany's - James Patterson
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Sundays at Tiffany's - James Patterson
Date: 05/02/12, updated on 07/02/12 (67 review reads)
Advantages: Nice read, imaginary friend
Disadvantages: A little short
When I was looking online for a birthday present for my dad last year, this book caught my eye as he likes reading books by James Patterson. However, when I read the synopsis I decided it was much more a book for me, so I decided to treat myself. It was in the sale on the book people website and only cost £3.
~ Authors ~
This book is written by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. I've noticed that James Patterson often writes with another author, and my dad says he doesn't enjoy the books that have been co-written. This was the first James Patterson book I've read and I enjoyed it, but I've got none of his other work to compare to.
James Patterson is an American author famous for his thriller novels. He's written a number of series (Alex Cross, Women's murder club) and he's also written some standalone novel, one of which is this book.
Gabrielle Charbonnet lives in North Carolina and published over 75 books. She has written lots of children books and has written books under a pseudonym, Cate Tiernan. She says that Sunday's at Tiffany's was Patterson's idea but she worked on it with him. She says that not all writer's give co-writers the credit that Patterson does, and she thinks it's 'gutsy and generous'.
~ The Plot ~
The story focuses on Jane Margaux and her imaginary friend Michael. The book is written from both perspectives (which I always enjoy in a book as, if well written, I think it lets you get to know each of the characters better).
Jane's mother is a busy, powerful woman on Broadway and has very little time to spend with Jane. They have weekly Sunday visits to Tiffany's to admire the jewellery and Jane looks forward to these trips. As Jane is often left to occupy herself she meets handsome, funny, thirty-something Michael. No one else can see Michael and no one else believes he exists beyond Jane's imagination. Jane loves Michael dearly and the talk from morning til night. She is very upset on her 9th birthday when Michael tells Jane he's leaving. He reassures her that the next day she won't even remember he existed so there's no need to get upset. Michael doesn't want to leave Jane but takes comfort in the thought that she won't be upset as she won't remember him. However, Jane never forgets Michael and sees someone she believes looks just like him in her adult life. Could this be Michael? Could they have found each other again?? Will Jane get her happy ever after?
"Sundays at Tiffany's" is a heart-warming romance about a girl who until now has lived her life on the sidelines, about what it feels like to fall in love, a tale of soulmates."
~ My Opinion ~
When I was a young child I had an imaginary friend called Ali, and he came everywhere with me. I wouldn't eat my tea unless there was a place set for him and whenever I got into trouble it was Ali who'd done it not me! Obviously, I grew out of my imaginary friend but I have fond memories and am still interested in reading novels about imaginary friends. When I saw that's what this book was about I couldn't wait to order it and get started!
I enjoyed this book, although not as much as I thought I would. I think I had high expectations and although I enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't help thinking 'is that it?' when I got to the end. I think this was mainly due to the short length. The chapters are short so the story moves along really quickly. In some ways I thought this was good as it meant it was boring, and it was easy to pick up and just read a couple of chapters as they were so short. However, I felt it also didn't give much chance for the characters to be fully developed, and I felt just as I was getting into the story, it was finished. However, I did feel like I got to know the characters a bit and I did want things to turn out well for them.
I read the book quickly as it was so short. My copy is hardback and has large print, which, coupled with the short chapters made for a quick read.
I think there's something magical about imaginary friends that take me back to my childhood and give me a warm, happy feeling inside. Whilst reading this book, it felt totally plausible that imaginary friends really do exist... (and who's to say they don't??) and for that this book is worth a read.
Sundays at Tiffany's is different to most romance novels I've read and for this I think it's worth a read. Although it would be put into the romance category I think it has something a little bit different to bring to genre. It might be worth a read even if you don't usually go for romance. It's not the best book I've ever read but I did enjoy it. I don't think it is a book I would be likely to read again, unless I run out of other things to read. It was fast paced and the ending tied everything up nicely.
Sundays at Tiffany's is available on Amazon from £1.84 (£4.49 for Kindle) - 5th Feb 2011
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (12 Mar 2009)
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Summary: A good short read