Chick lit

What If? by Shari Low

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I have not picked up the author’s work previously, but I wanted to see what kind of books were being written in this genre all those years ago.
At the start of the book, the author does remind us about the lack of social media and how at the point phones were still tethered to a spot. This reminder is quite essential since (even with the knowledge that I am in the past), I wanted her to jump onto Facebook or use the internet in some way.

Carly Cooper is not a very likeable person, she is self-centred but does care about her immediate circle of family and friends. It makes it hard to watch her fumble through the past and hurt so many people in the process. After every subsequent heart that is broken, she does not seem to learn much from it. It is a dual timeline narrative showing her make those mistakes and in realtime, she is trying to figure out if that was Mr Right all along. I liked the range of travel she ends up doing, and since she works with people, it also brings local ex-pat culture into the foray. Overall it was an entertaining book ( with good friendships), and if given a chance, I might pick up the sequel that is due soon.

It is light with a few more profound moments but is mostly about a woman who looks back at her adventurous past and finally puts some lingering questions to rest. I did guess the ending, but in this genre, that is not necessarily a bad thing, I just did not understand how Carly did not see it coming.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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