Book Review :: If You're Not the One

The question of "what if?" seems to be a reoccurring theme in life at the moment. I'm currently in another one of those stages in life where everything you decide will have a big impact on your life. Whatever job I get, whatever city I decide to live in and who I meet (or lose) as a result, will all impact on my future. That's a scary thought.

Then there's the whole "what if?" element of love. I read a post by Emma a few weeks ago, which got me thinking about how we'll never know if we've loved and lost "the one", which is exactly what this book is about.

Jennifer, the main character, is in a car accident which leaves her in a coma. Whilst in this coma she is given the opportunity to enter three different tunnels, each allowing her to view what her life would have been like, had she chosen to stay with her past boyfriends.

I have to say, as excited as I was initially about the concept of this book, I did find myself having to force myself through the middle section. It just got a little bit uneventful and if it wasn't for the fact I can't not finish a book once started I may have given up at this point. Especially as I had two books I really wanted to read waiting for me at the library. Although I kept with it, spurred on by a few sections which were a good read and others that made me think about the idea of letting 'the one' slip through your fingers.

On paper it seems like a great idea for a story, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I wouldn't say it's a waste of time to read, but I won't encourage you to go out of your way to get yourself a copy. Mainly because if you're anything like me, I wouldn't want to encourage you to read 443 pages and not get a conclusion.

I went onto Goodreads to see if others agreed with me. It seems like I wasn't the only one who felt like this and have to agree with the lady who stated the end was 'inconclusive'. So frustrating when the only reason you stuck through the book was to know her final decision!

I've just read that Working Title have gained the rights to this film, so maybe it would be best to wait and see if that gets good reviews and then buy it for £3 on DVD in Tesco instead...

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