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Light and engaging story about family relationships
While You Were Dreaming - Lola Jaye
Member Name: lonestarsky
While You Were Dreaming - Lola Jaye
Advantages: An easy light and engaging read
Disadvantages: None really
I've got to be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book. It screamed "chick lit" at me but a friend had told me I would enjoy it so I decided to read the first couple of chapters and if I found it too fluffy or full of unrealistically rich and beautiful people I would give myself permission to give up. However I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this book had a lot more to offer that I expected, so I stand corrected.
There is a chick lit element to it, I can't deny that. So if you like chick lit you'll probably like this. But if you like an easy to read, well written, not too taxing story then this might be for you aswell. The main character is Lena, who is the sensible one out of herself and her siblings. There's Millie, the youngest, beautiful and laidback but also lazy - never managing to hold a job down - and always jumping from man to man. And there's Cara, a successful businesswoman but so hard edged and ruthless that she comes across as heartless. Lena is the glue that holds the sisters together but when she ends up in a coma after an accident, her sisters find themselves in freefall. How will they manage without Lena? As the story progresses Cara and Millie learn things about themselves that they never knew, as well as discovering that their quiet sister had a few secrets of her own!
It's hard to get to know Lena as a character as she falls into a coma almost as soon as the story starts! Therefore we only see her through her sisters' eyes and of course they see her as more or less perfect. So it is interesting to learn a bit more about her as her secrets are revealed, although I never felt that I got to know the real her. She comes across as a nice person though - selfless and giving, always there for her sisters who seemed to take a lot more than they ever gave back to her. Cara is quite an uptight and angry person, well written as it is easy to see the tension that exists inside her. I found her hard to relate to at times as I couldn't identify with how she dealt with some situations although she mellows towards the end of the story. Millie is fun-loving and a bit ditzy. She's the kind of person that would be fun to have as a friend - indeed she reminds me of one of my good friends! Really attractive but so clueless at times, and always picking the wrong men!
The other main character is Michael, who had encountered Lena before her accident. Michael has a somewhat boring and, to him, pointless life. However after meeting Cara and Millie and finding out more about Lena, he uses her as a catalyst to start making changes in his life. In some ways I found him the most interesting character as it was interesting to see the changes he started to make in his life. He is a flawed yet likeable character.
The plot unfolds in an easy yet not too obvious way and I found the book was written in a light and engaging style. Unlike typical chick lit there is very little romance in it - which I was pleased about as I'm not a romance fan! - instead its more about family relationships, taking people for granted and making the most of life.
I would recommend this book as a holiday read in particular. I've given it 4 stars as I really enjoyed it, but knocked one star off because I felt I never got to know Lena as a character as much as I would have liked.
Summary: Good book - recommended