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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

BOOK REVIEW | Just Haven't Met You Yet

It's been a while since I've sat down and treated myself to a good book, so when I saw I Just Haven't Met You Yet recommended by chick-lit queen Sophie Kinsella, I decided to go ahead and purchase it.

I immediately took a liking to the front colour which was colourful, cute and simple without being too cutesy, which a lot of chick-lit books tend to do. The title also, obviously, reminded me of the famous song by Michael Buble but, although a smaller side plot links to the singer, I figured the title suited the plot fairly well.

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The blurb reads -

Percy James has everything a girl could want: a comfy flat, a steady relationship and a truly lovely group of friends.

Then she is approached by Eros Tech. Eros is 'the future of love' - an agency that brings together soulmates using phone data. Percy has been identified as a match for one of Eros's super posh clients.

The only problem is she already has a boyfriend...but what if this is destiny? Would you - could you - pass up a chance to meet your one true love?

So to begin with, I really loved the premise of this story. Anything to do with modern dating (and ideas of the one) actually fascinates me, so the idea that there was this company that took all the searching out of the question was definitely an interesting one (and reminded me of How I Met Your Mother).

The story was a light read and a good length, I finished it in about a week but probably could have read it sooner if I didn't put off finishing it so soon (not because I didn't like it, I just tend to finish books really quickly and have nothing to read).

One thing that I loved about the book was how modern it was and, SPOILER ALERT, how the idea of Percy being with a woman was addressed within the story. I liked that there was no qualms and it was super honest - she didn't see herself as gay, but did begin to worry that she might be what with being with a woman. It was handled really well and it was a nice change to see this idea approached in a typical chick-lit book.

I liked the ending, I thought it was simple, without dramatics and made a lot of sense. I also feel like the idea of Percy being so intrigued by her soulmate whilst already in a relationship will definitely divide people.

'How do you know if someone's your soulmate?' I ask.
She thinks for a long time. 'I think it comes down to the amount of chatter in your head. When a relationship is right - really right - you don't need to talk yourself into it. There's no question or debate, it just...is. The way I see it, if someone's your soulmate then there's this feeling of inevitability, sort of like - "Oh, there you are, I've been waiting for you", and that's the end of that.'

It definitely got me thinking. If I were in Percy's position, would I do the same?

I really don't know. If I knew the relationship I was in was wrong, I would probably be quite likely to. But at the same time, I think the idea of being set up with your soulmate is kind of wrong and that you should meet them in natural circumstances.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for a holiday read this summer - however, having read it once and knowing the outcome, I can't say it's a book I'd likely be to pick up and read over and over again.

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10 comments:

  1. This sounds like exactly my kind of book and it's definitely going to be added to my wishlist. If you like modern chick lit you should try 'Confessions of a Tinderella' as I thought it was a great book x

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    1. I've heard of that, will have to read that one next thanks! X

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  2. I love sophie Kinsella, so I NEED to get my hands on this book! thank you x

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    1. You're welcome, let me know what you think! I like her but I don't actually enjoy her shopaholic series x

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  3. This does sounds like it would be the perfect book to take on holiday, I love chick lit when I go abroad as its so easy to read!

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  4. oh this sounds right up my street will add it to my book list

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  5. I might enjoy reading this one. The concept of being matched with someone so different sounds interesting.

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  6. Have never heard of this Kinsella title but I do love her books so I'll have to check this out! The concept is certainly unique :)

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  7. This book sounds intriguing and if Sophie Kinsella recommends it I will definitely have to pick it up.

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  8. this looks really great, definitely my kind of book! thanks for sharing

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