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Thanks for Nothing, Nick Maxwell - Debbie Carbin
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Thanks for Nothing, Nick Maxwell - Debbie Carbin
Advantages: Easy to Read, Entertaining and Honest.
Disadvantages: Annoying Writing Style.
Despite the fact that I should spend all my time reading education and teaching books to help with my University course I find that at night time I simply have to read what I like to refer to as a reading book. In simple terms I really mean a book that I actually enjoy and one that has some sort of story running throughout it which I can really get my teeth into. I've pretty much exhausted my local library's selection of books and have had to start resorting to requesting inter-library transfers in order to get my hands on new books. However a couple of weeks ago I hadn't managed to find anything on the website and so decided to select a book off the shelves that looked like relatively easy reading.
I selected a book by Debbie Carbin who was an author I'd not previously come across. She's English born and only started her writing career quite recently, although on her website she does refer to her first ever book which she completed when she was just six years old! Thanks for Nothing Nick Maxwell is her debut novel which was released in the UK in March 2008 and since then has been published the USA and also has been published in several other languages. It currently sells on Amazon for £4.79 (or from 1p upwards for a used copy) although it has a recommended retail price of £5.99. Her second novel was released in March 2009 and is entitled Three Men and a Maybe.
The basic plot line of the story is one which follows Rachel, a good looking girl in her mid twenties who lives a relatively carefree life. She works in a sales job where she is responsible for selling holidays over the phone; she's very good at her job and prides herself on being near the top of the league. Her biggest pleasure in life is her good looks which she tells the reader about very early on and she uses these good looks to get pretty much any man she can. It's clear she's a bit of a user of men, she gets the men to dote on her and then simply flicks them to the side when she's had enough. She's young, free and with no attachments whatsoever... that is until she meets Nick Maxwell and winds up pregnant!
The book plot has been described as the following by OK magazine:
"Rachel's perfect yet somewhat selfish existence as a party-loving gal can't get any better. But then she meets Nick and suddenly her harmonious life is turned upside down when she discovers she's pregnant."
The plot then continues to follow Rachel as she finally realises that the changes in her hunger and sleeping patterns, plus her changing body shape, is down to something more than a virus. As the book progresses we see her begin to come to terms with her impending pregnancy while she deals with other situations such as discovering her best friend's husband is having an affair with someone and the strange encounter she has with a mysterious, but terribly irritating, man in the supermarket. The book follows her through the whole nine months of her pregnancy from start to finish and a whole other dish of events.
When I started the book I wasn't impressed, I think the first time I read it I covered about fifteen pages and I can remember thinking it wasn't really that great. The start didn't hook me in at all but merely made me a little irritated with the vainness of the main character Rachel. However as time went on I found I did enjoy the book, the nine month duration was smoothly covered in the four hundred and eighty pages. As there was something to track (the pregnancy) there was quite a quick pace to the novel which meant that whole weeks were covered in a couple of sentences while other events were more in depth.
The first impression I gained of Rachel, the main character, was that of an arrogant and vain young woman. Someone that the majority of the female population would take an instant dislike to the moment she looked in the direction of their boyfriend or husband. Add to that the fact that we first meet her when she's gloating over how she's just finished having intimate relationships with someone and admittedly, she seems a rather unlikely heroine. My first impression was to roll my eyes at her in that typical you're so up yourself kind of way but you're actually a silly and vain cow. However my impression did change...
She'd clearly met her match in the form of Nick Maxwell who was, quite simply put, the male version of Rachel herself, and it was nice to see her get a taste of her own medicine as such. As the story progressed I became more and more interested in her, not only to see how she'd deal with discovering she was pregnant, but also in seeing her character change and mature through the book. I'm still not sure how I ended up starting to care about "one of the best looking people you'll ever meet" (Rachel's own words in the book) but nevertheless I did and I genuinely wanted things to work out for her in the end.
The most refreshing thing about this novel was Rachel's actual account of her pregnancy, the majority of books look at either the positive side or the negative side of it although here she gave a convincing and honest account of how confused and scared she was feeling. She talked about how her body was changing and how much she was using the toilet, in the most honest of ways that made it clear that the author herself certainly had children! It was a fresh and funny account of pregnancy, one that would probably have a few men going yuck although it wasn't too descriptive and there wasn't anything truly yuck!
The one thing that I did find annoying throughout the book was the fact that the author had written it as if Rachel was talking directly to us, the reader. Throughout the book, in every chapter, she made reference to "you" and the whole thing was written in a very conversationalist manner which just irritated me if I'm honest. For example, "I'll show you my office later. Make sure you have a look at the performance tables. They're over by Jean's desk, pinned up on the wall. You'll see that my name is always in the top three, week in, week out." It was just a little awkward, a little forced and I didn't like it.
There's no doubt that this is your typical chick lit, there's a romantic thread running throughout the novel although by adding the somewhat surprise pregnancy to the mix it does help to make this book stand out from your typical chick lit books. It was a page turner and well written, I finished it within a week and read a bit of it each night which is a good sign. I did have a slight niggling feeling throughout that I had read something quite similar before although I can't quite remember what or when. It's really easy reading and it was quite enjoyable, I'm giving it four stars as it looses one for the irritating style!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: The first novel by Debbie Carbin about Rachel, a single girl who finds herself pregnant.