Love Anthony – Lisa Genova
After 14 years of marriage and three children, Beth Ellis discovers her husband is having an affair with a local waitress. Feeling heartbroken, rejected, and alone, Beth wants to recapture the independent, creative spirit she used to be and finds the inspiration to pick up pen and paper once again. What emerges is a startling new voice, one that will become a balm for her wounded soul. Newly separated Olivia Donatelli has just moved into her family’s rental cottage. Struggling to understand the unraveling of her marriage, she is also desperate to make sense of her eight-year-old autistic son Anthony’s short life and accidental death. A chance encounter between these two women develops into an unexpected and meaningful friendship, giving one writer the opportunity to find her voice and a grieving mother a chance to finally understand her son.
I picked up this book because I had read Left Neglected a few years ago and really enjoyed the book. However, I am reviewing this book before I have finished it (because i don’t think i have the motivation to finish it!!) I am disappointed with the book to say the least. The characters have no substance and the story is flat and repetitive. I understand what the writer tried to achieve by showing the story through the autistic view point, but i didn’t like the way it was comprised.
The other thing i didn’t like that the author kept doing was mentioning the ‘dog in the night garden’ book, it was like she had a deal to name drop the book, it was unnecessary and didn’t add anything to the story!
Unfortunately I was looking forward to reading this book and am sad to say that I don’t think I will finish it. I wouldn’t recommend the book to my peers. sorry 😦 I don’t like giving bad reviews to books as I realise how much work is put into it, but this was not the best book.