Title: Nothing I Wouldn’t Do (review copy)
Author: Sara-Ella Ozbek
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Almost Thirty, Singledom, Career Struggles, Friendships
Blurb from NetGalley
How far would you go to protect a friend?
Jax Levy is an almost thirty-year-old low-paid ‘journalist’ with no hope of progression. She has a love life only ever centred around a bad decision and a family too complicated to explain.
The one area of life that Jax has down are her friends – Clara, Omni and Alice are the loves of her life. So, when Clara announces her engagement to Ed, Jax hides all of her feelings of insecurity, and commits to becoming the perfect maid-of-honour.
That is until she discovers something about Ed that will destroy everything. Panicked and irrational, Jax makes a snap decision to go on a wild mission to save her best friend from heartache. But the truth is far more complicated than Jax had imagined and that decision soon comes back to bite her . . .
Sometimes books just don’t mesh well with us. Whether that’s because of the interpretation of the genre, or the style of writing, or the humour just not hitting the mark… or in the case of my experience with “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do” it was a bit of all three.
I was expecting a sassy novel filled with banter and hilarity juxtaposed against moments of poignancy.
But I didn’t get that.
What I got was a novel that was weighed down by pacing issues as it took far too long for the story to get going, and once the plot eventually began to unfurl I found wasn’t at all invested in it.
The characters just didn’t click with me. I don’t need to like all the characters in a novel for me to enjoy the reading experience but here, I just found an absence of that je ne sais quoi that makes a book really speak to my heart.
And I really didn’t like the style of writing nor the sense of humour throughout. It felt a little too brash and in your face and didn’t align with my personal tastes.
The book I would compare this to is “Adults” by Emma Jane Unsworth. Like that novel, “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do” is incredibly honest with its depictions of the main characters. And again as in “Adults” much of the experiences that “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do”s main character Jax goes through is incredibly relevant to the lives of single women in their late 20s and early 30s for whom friends are more important than any one else.
But even though both of these novels are very much on the nose with the realities of living as a single woman which makes them interesting to read, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading either. However “Adults” was critically acclaimed and proved very popular with many readers and thusly I feel anyone who enjoyed “Adults” would also very much enjoy “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do”.
Sadly this one just wasn’t my cup of tea.
*An e-copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review*
- Publication Date: 1st September 2021
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK