Book Review – The Opposite of Maybe by Maggie Dawson

oppositeAuthor: Maggie Dawson

Pages: 400

Publisher: Broadway Books

Summary:  Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.

But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.

It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers.
It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

My Review: I requested this book thinking it was YA fiction (ok, so I skimmed the description) and was a little disappointed when I realized it wasn’t. I began the book reluctantly, but was quickly absorbed by the story.

A long-term relationship changes with a spontaneous marriage proposal and new business venture which leaves the main character, Rosie questioning her life. Added to the turmoil is the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy at age 44 (which she claims is too old to be having a baby.) Instead of marrying and moving across the country, Rosie moves in with her elderly grandmother and her handsome caregiver.

What begins as reluctant cohabitation soon turns into an enduring friendship. Along the way, we have some funny and poignant moments.

The characters were real, and the story is presented in the present tense unlike many novels which use past tense. That took a little getting used to, but I hardly noticed the difference.

I particularly enjoyed Tony’s character, as he was the most genuine and guileless. I hope I meet someone like that one day.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

 

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{Nerd Blast} Vortex by S.J. Kincaid

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VORTEX

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

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About S.J. Kincaid
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S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014.

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Anxiety Funny

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I ran across this cartoon on The Meta Picture and thought it was perfect. I’ve been dealing with anxiety since my husband died, but I’m finally starting to feel less anxious. Still, I can identify with the cartoon.

 

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Free Books

A few days ago, I received an IM from my niece asking me where she could find free ebooks. She knows my love of reading, and I’ve posted freebies on Facebook before, so she knew she was asking the right person. I’ve posted a list of resources before, but since SYNC’s Summer Reading is back, giving away two free audio books a week, I figured I should do another post.

You’ve heard about SYNC before, right?

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SYNC offers 2 FREE audiobooks (one modern YA novel and one classic) each week May 15 – Aug 20, 2014. You can sign up for email or text alerts that invite you to download the new titles as they become available. You need to have Overdrive Media installed in your computer, phone, or tablet, but you get to keep the books you download.

This week’s picks are Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles.

 

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For a complete list of the books offered this summer, visit SYNC. For a list of resources for free books, go here. Personally, I prefer reading a hardbound book, but I always enjoy audio books when I’m on a road trip, so even if I don’t listen to these right away, I’ll have them for when I need them.

Now, go! Get your free books!

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