‘Wynn in Doubt’, by Emily Hemmer

Grab your coffee, but only if you are okay with some spoilers, because this time I couldn’t get around them.

I am really sorry for that, but I just can’t keep walking around the point on eggshells. This is an important part of what I think about this book. So if you don’t want to spoil what’s happening in the novel, just skip to the Let’s give it a grade! part. (Now as I think about it, drink a coffee anyway! Coffee breaks are nice. They’re important.)

Discovery:

I got this book as part of the Kindle for Samsung Book Deals, and I chose it because

I thought this was gonna be a sweet little story, but in the end, I just couldn’t buy it.

Brainstorm:

I know very well that people can be stuck in life. Trust me, I felt like that before. When you just watch all the world spin around you, everything and everyone going on, and you are still the same, at the very same place. That happens. I don’t think it means that you stopped completely, though. You only slow down sometimes compared to others. The point is, I do get what kind of mental state the author wanted to deliver. What I have a huge disbelief about is if you could really be so much of the same person after ten years. However slow your life passes by, there’s no way you are exactly the way you were at 18 when you reach your 28th birthday..! That’s a whole decade, folks! Come on.

I also understand how someone could be in love with their high school crush for years after they saw them the last time (or think they are in love, anyway). What I find unbelievable is the fact that said high school crush is really the perfect boyfriend Wynn always imagined him to be, and he comes back, and he is her ‘happily ever after’. That just spoiled the whole story for me. If a new guy came into her life, someone who shows her the way to her dreams, a partner, someone who makes her realize how much of an “adventure” life itself is, I would honestly appreciate this story, because the basic plot is interesting. The way it went down in the book, though… it’s like something a dreamy twelve year-old would write.

I found the great-grandmother’s story way more fascinating than Wynn’s. Her journal was the best part of this book. Sadly, I found the closure of the novel incredibly easy. It seemed like the easiest way out of the story with a happy ending. Based on Wynn’s character and her problems I expected an arch of a beautiful character growth, and after finishing the book I feel like I was cheated at that. She hasn’t changed a bit, there was no real development. She simply miraculously got everything she ever dreamed of in the end.

That is not a fairy tale. That’s just a comforting lie.

Let’s give it a grade!

  1. Story: 3/5
  2. Characters: 2/5
  3. Style: 4/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 2/5
  • GPA: 2,75

Uniqueness:

I can’t really put my finger on anything unique about this book. It wasn’t really THAT bad, but it’s far from something unique and original. It could have been though, if the basic idea was better elaborated.

Recommend to:

Those who like a happy ending no matter what. Those who like fairytale-like happenings in a book even though it’s not at all realistic. Hopeless romantics may like this one. (I don’t know, I’m not one. I’m way more cynical for this novel.)

Drink tip:

Cranberry vodka.

Music room:

Spice Girls. Early Britney Spears. You get the idea.

Future:

It was okay to read once, but I don’t think I will ever read something else written by this author. Maybe if I run out of tbr-s. So… probably never.

I hope this was an informative and enjoyable review for those of you who weren’t bothered by spoilers. What do you think about happy endings? Is it a must for you, or a sad/bittersweet conclusion is okay as long as it fits the book? Let me know in the comments below! 😉

Hugs 🙂

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