Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side – she’s back to normality with a bang. And she’s got writer’s block.
Stella wants a clean break as she didn’t exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be. But can she? And should she?
When I first spotted this book in the library, I thought it looked like it would be funny and whimsical. To be honest, it was anything but. Even worst, I struggled because while I enjoyed half of the story, I couldn’t stand the present within the story. If anything, I felt the whole wild concept about Stella being overly dramatic about her expanding waistline, while constantly stuffing her face and her ex-husband’s obsession with giving everything away was just absurd. It served no point to the story and if anything it just left me annoyed.
As for the part I enjoyed, I actually enjoyed learning about Stella’s past and how the sudden onset of a rare disease really shed light on her life. If there’s one thing that can be taken away from this book, it’s the fact that Stella is surrounded by a ton of selfish and hateful people. The way her husband behaved the day she began to get ill was ridiculous. And while I realize it took eleven months for her to recover, she should have dumped his sorry ass as soon as she was able to speak. Even after they established a way to communicate with her, he couldn’t be bothered to even really try. He was a loser and an ass and their son was equally as shitty.
Once Stella comes out of her predicament, things start to get boring. I suppose it’s because you already know where it’s leading. After all it’s 400+ pages of her being put down and insulted by nearly every single person in the book. It’s a shame. I truly thought this book had promise. But when the entire world is against the main character and she’s not exactly the most likeable character, it’s really hard to enjoy the story.
Three stars because I did enjoy one major aspect of the book. But I’m not sure I’d really recommend this book. Especially since so many people have said the author’s other books are far better.