You want to hear something sweet, no semi? A pen pal stumbling upon a book while perusing through used books with her mother, and not only thinking of you but buying it to surprise you. Allison was neither familiar with Semi-Sweet or its author, Roisin Meaney, but because it was advertised as a novel of love and cupcakes she decided I needed it. For such a whim I am a very satisfied customer.
Semi-Sweet moved along very well. It was narrated in the third person which gave each of the primary characters moments in the sun where you could see what they were about and not just what Hannah, the story’s catalyst, thought about people like her ex and the woman he impregnated while they were still together. I hardly found Leah, Mistress #1, likable but reading about the hormones and the doubt she experienced while expecting was very much relatable. It was reading things like that and about the death of a 4-year-old boy (spoiler alert 😛 ) that kept me turning pages, curious to see how the stories would unfold, each of them individualized in these character blurbs yet all seamlessly connected. My spoiler alert, for example, was not only the nephew of the young woman who worked for Hannah at her cupcake shop, but he was hit by someone who worked with her father. Every character in this book serves a purpose. My only grievance was that there weren’t any Wally blurbs until closer to the end. I get that Meaney was being a meaney and intentionally wanted you to think one certain person was going to end up with another certain person, but I don’t think using him a few times more would have had to give anything away; it would have just been an opportunity for him to grow on the reader.
In honor of this novel of love and cupcakes and our 4th anniversary this week, I shall leave you with some sweet pictures (taken by a former pen pal!) from July 30th of 2010.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~