The Opposite of Maybe

The Opposite of Maybe
Author: Maddie Dawson
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Summary: A heartfelt, funny, and all-together human novel about the best mistakes a person can make.
Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.
It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers.

It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live. (Source of Summary and Book Cover: Goodreads)

Rating: 3 Stars

Review: This book is exactly what you expect by reading the blurb. There were times when the story tugged on my heartstrings; there were times when the story made me laugh out loud or chuckle quietly to myself; and there were times when the story and the characters’ actions/decisions would make me shake my head.

The writing was good, and I enjoyed the story. But there were a few times that I found myself skimming a page. I also felt like the book meandered its way toward the predictable ending – which would have been fine, except for the fact that there was not enough closure for me. I think I would have been a bit more satisfied with the ending if there had been an epilogue included.

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