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The Last Year of Being Married - Sarah Tucker

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Sarah Tucker / Paperback / 288 Pages / Book is published 2008-06-20 by Mira

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      18.09.2009 21:46
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      Read on a wet sunday afternoon

      This is the story of Sarah and Paul. Once a golden couple, parents to little Ben. From the outside everything looks rosey.

      From the inside, Sarah believes her husband is an alien. He's started wearing designer undies - but only the once. He's started demanding space - to the point of wanting separate holidays. Oh, and returning home late and drunk.

      Then he asks her to move out, with their son, to give him space.

      Then he asks for a divorce.

      We follow Sarah through 12 months of her life, which includes the breakdown of her marriage and subsequent divorce, and the start of the rest of her life.

      I admit, when I bought this book I didn't read the back properly, and was expecting the narrator to be a bloke. Stupid really when it clearly says "the first year if the rest of her life?"
      Needless to say I was surprised and a bit disappointed to find it's Sarah's viewpoint we see this year through. Says more about me than the book, I'm sure you'll agree. Stupid.

      Anyway, the book. I found it a little difficult to identify with the main characters. Paul (to start) was painted just so odd, and Sarah came across a little desperate and near-sighted. She wants to fix her marriage even though it's obvious he's getting his rocks off elsewhere, and has asked for a divorce!

      The divorce proceedings and the characters we meet along this process were very interesting and colourful. And oddly believable. You can imagine a divorce lawyer being just the way Sarah's is!

      I had some trouble with Sarah's behaviour after the divorce, however. I do get that she'd just been released from a sexless marriage, but the freedom she gave her knickers was a bit much. Yeah the sex scenes were well written, but I'm not sure they were necessary. I'm no prude, honest, it's just that it seemed one month she's wanting to mend her broken marriage, then crying over it, then flat on her back with her legs in the air. Just a little too quick for me.

      It's above average for fluffy fiction. Not the best I've read recently, but I'm sure there are a lot worse in print

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