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Review: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson

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The Opposite of Maybe
Maddie Dawson
 Broadway Books April 8th 2014 
Pages 400
ISBN13: 9780770437688
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Recommendation: 2/5

From Goodreads:
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 Thoughts
I found it difficult to latch on to this novel. Rosie was disappointing, she’s spineless and has no direction or thought as to her life, future. Discovering your pregnant at 44 is far more serious than the plot dictated. Plausibility was tough for me to swallow, however, I realize there are folks out there similar to this cast of issue ladened protagonists. Rosie failed to manage her own life but yet she questions Tony? Think again Rosie. Jonathan was a self absorbed liability Rosie should have cut loose long ago. Tony seemed to be the most ‘stable’ and grounded out of the motley bunch.

Dawson writes well, demonstrates a sense of humor. I’m chalking this up to not being to my taste. Lack of developed characters, the ridiculous and brusque ending, ongoing predictability contributed to my dislike. Intended to be a light hearted read, it was incredibly absurd, Rosie was easily lead, deficient of a backbone, not to mention lost at the ripe age of 44. Nothing more unattractive than a grown woman having had her head buried in the sand for most of her life. Rosie dear, you should have had your act together earlier on and had goals. Duh!

A story of second chances, but when you’ve lived your life on your terms, to the fullest, second chances aren’t needed. Like the saying goes…Life is not a dress rehearsal. Not a book for everyone, too many really great ones to enjoy. I’m left with readers remorse.

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