Tuesday, 15 May 2012
The Greatest Love Story of All Time
The title is obviously tongue-in-cheek and Fran can be rather melodramatic at times. There's a lot of swearing and a lot of drunken behaviour, though my colleagues will definitely identify with Gin Thursdays (replace with Wine Wine Wednesdays). I warmed to her friends more than Fran, lovely big bear-like Dave, Stefania who lives in the shed yet offers sage advice and even the poor misunderstood Alex. Yet I really didn't want Fran to get back with Michael so I must have cared about her in the end.
I have probably read enough chick-lit to see most things coming now, especially when a character gets the wrong end of the stick. It's not overly predictable though and there will still be a few avenues for your mind to wander down. There was even one connection I didn't get before the big reveal.
Of course, to fulfil her eight dates, Fran takes to the internet. Lucy Robinson had previously run a dating blog for Marie Claire and it's clear that she has drawn from her experiences. Some may say they are completely unbelievable but I say, they have never ventured into the waters of internet dating. There is a lot of strange behaviour out there and all her email exchanges and dates ring true. Not to mention how easy the internet makes it to stalk your ex's new fling...
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