Emma Healy has grown used to being the only ordinary one in her rather extraordinary family. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated just two days later, she realizes why she never felt quite whole. She sets off on a trip to visit her brother’s grave. Peter Finnegan, her neighbor, comes along for the ride. Emma thinks they can’t possibly have anything in common, but with each passing mile, they find themselves learning more and more about themselves and each other.
I was incredibly disappointed by this book. I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I loved This is What Happy Looks Like, but I could not get into this older novel. You can definitely see how much Jennifer E. Smith’s writing has improved since this novel.
I couldn’t connect with Emma or Peter. They seemed to have so many problems made from nothing truly significant. Their interactions were very angsty, awkward, and mostly cries for attention. I am such a sucker for road trip books, but this book showcased how boring and awkward they could be.
The characters were all really flat. Peter was good at directions. Emma was good with animals. I get it; it doesn’t need to be shoved down my throat every five seconds. Many of the confrontations were too easily resolved (considering all the baggage surrounding them), and the whole story seemed really far-fetched.
There was far too much “telling” and not enough “showing.” I found myself ready to give up on this book many times, and it was really such a chore to get through. Considering how much I’ve loved her more recent releases, this book really disappointed.
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson (a much better road trip book)
- How My Summer Went Up in Flames – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight & This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith (better books by the same author)