The State We're In by Adele Parks
Publisher: Headline Review
Release Date: 04th July 2013
The back cover blurb: What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is
destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your
opposite in every way.
She's a life-long optimist, looking for
her soul mate in every man she meets; he's a resolute cynic - cruel
experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone. People
can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago,
each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they
Their pasts are such that they can never make one another
happy and it's when they get off the plane that their true journey
I'll cut to the chase here, I'm a huge Adele Parks fan. Ever since I read,
'Playing Away' her début novel she's had me hooked. I'm not going to lie
about that fact, but I will try and make this a constructive review
(and as unbiased as possible).
I'm not a general fan of book
reviews where the reviewer proclaims that the book is the author's 'best
yet', I'm about to throw my general disdain out of the window and proclaim, that this is most definitely Adele's best yet.
I've always admired
Adele's style of writing, she is brutally honest and personally I don't
view her as a 'chick lit' author, I just view her as an author, one I
I didn't know an awful lot about the book
before I started reading it, there has been an air of mystery about it. I
knew it was about two people meeting on a plane, as I had read the back cover blurb before hand, but I knew very little else, and I didn't want to.
like reading books that haven't had the story splashed all over the
internet weeks before their publication date. To me, the whole point of a
decent book is not to want to put it down because you NEED to know what
happens next. Not put it down because you know exactly what happens
Adele doesn't disappoint, I finished the book in less than
two days (even with working full shifts) because I couldn't wait to find
out what happened. Dean really is the resolute cynic that the synopsis
suggests and Jo the life-long optimist, until she discovers something
that has huge significance for both of them, past, present and future.
really don't want to give anything away, it's definitely a book that
you need to read for yourself.
The ending is certainly not the ending I was expecting, all I can say is, if you've read it - #keepthesecret
You can buy 'The State We're In' now from Amazon and all good bookshops.