Two by Two

Nicholas Sparks
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.


Reviewed: 2017-01-29

Oh Sparkywarky, what happened here? Has the success gone to your head a bit, and you didn't accept suggestions from your editor?

All the elements of great Sparks books exist here, but there's no.... well, spark. It's 250+ pages of repetitive setup, to twists that you can mostly see coming. It has touching moments but it would've been twice as impactful with half as many words. And oh, the typos. Yikes.

Sparks isn't good at morally complex characters, and this shines through with Vivian. He makes her seem wholly self-centered and manipulative, then has her do a 180. Still, there's nothing likable about her.

Pros: there's a lesbian couple? It is easily readable? Russ is endearing? Again, it has all the elements of a Sparks great, poorly stitched together.

Overall: thoroughly skippable. Go read The Hunger Games for the fifth time instead.

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@eimeard completed #twobytwo... on 2017-01-09