The Opposite of Maybe

Saturday, March 25, 2017

 The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson | Book Review by Tomes and Tequila Book Blog
As I have mentioned copious times, mainly over here and here, I am a HUGE fan of Maddie Dawson and her books. I love the sassy and smart voices she gives her forty-something females, and her books are just clever. So, I am basically on a quest to read everything she has written. This led me to purchasing her 2014 selection The Opposite of Maybe.

The Opposite of Maybe tells the story of Rosie. She has been in a successfully-unmarried relationship with teacup-obsessed Jonathan for so long, they're the butt of jokes within their group of friends. But things are puttering along okay with them until the day Jonathan decides to change up everything and propose, along with telling her they're moving across the country, in a very uncharacteristically over-the-top manner. Rosie decides, rather abruptly, that things aren't going the way she wants, so she decides instead to move in with the only family she has...her eccentric grandmother Soapie. This is when life for Rosie goes from ho-hum to exciting. But how long will it take her to figure out what she really wants out of life?? 

A fun group of eccentric characters show up to help Rosie figure things out. We have the good-looking gardener/care-giver with a heart of gold, Tony, whose own life is a bit of a mess. George, who has always loved Grandma Sophie/Soapie, and spends his days with his Alzheimer's-riddled wife Louise and nights at Sophie's house drinking G&T's and dancing to Frank Sinatra. And then we have Soapie. 

Grandma Soapie is the alcohol-swilling, cigarette-smoking, expletive-shouting, eccentric author of the famous "Dustcloth Diva" book series, who raised Rosie from the age of 3 after her mother died. They have a strained relationship, which to me is at the heart of this book more so than the romantic life of Rosie. But her declining health is part of what keeps Rosie tethered to her past, and unsure of what to do with her future.

And then there is that whole unexpected pregnancy thing. What on earth is Rosie supposed to do?? Isn't she a bit too old to have a baby?

 The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson | Review by Tomes and Tequila Book Blog

I enjoyed this book but I'd be lying if I said it was my favorite of Maddie Dawson's. I think that title still goes to The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness. But I'm still giving this one a solid 3 1/2 stars, which I've rounded up to a 4 on Goodreads.

I had a fairly good idea of where this book was going, but I still enjoyed the ride. The big saving grace for me was the way she writes her characters. I love their voices, although I honestly kept waiting for Rosie to lose her shit on Jonathan at one point. I am just a big fan of her characters. They are people I want to be friends with, and I felt the same way at the end of this one. I think I would enjoy playing Scrabble with Rosie, Tony, George and Soapie...sitting in their living room with Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé playing on the stereo and a Pina Colada in my glass.

So, I'd recommend this if you're looking for a modern-contemporary fiction book that's not too difficult of a read, but with some fun and eccentric characters. I think it would make a pretty good book club book for maybe the over-forty crowd, as there are definitely some interesting conversation topics in it...as well as a section of discussion questions at the end of the book.

I should have quite a few reviews coming up for you, as I'm halfway done with probably 8 books at the moment. I just need to buckle down and finish them instead of picking up something new! I'm curious, do any of you read multiple books at one time? I never used to, but have started to recently. I think I'm just struggling to find a REALLY good 5 star book at the moment. Let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page!

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