Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel - OPTIONAL

Pimentel, Melissa  The One That Got Away, 356 pages.  St. Martin’s Press (Penguin), 2016.  $27.  Content: Language: R (100+, 42 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.  

Ruby’s sister is getting married in England and Ruby’s ex-boyfriend, Ethan, is part of the wedding party.  From the first time she sees Ethan again, Ruby realizes that she still has feelings for him even though their break-up was hard on both of them.  Throughout the wedding planning and partying, Ruby tries to assess if Ethan could possibly still have feelings for her as well.  

The characters in this book are in their late twenties and the large amount of distracting swearing and off page sex as well as sex talk makes this an adult novel.  I didn’t mind Ethan and Ruby, but I felt like the ending was abrupt and a bit underdeveloped compared to the amount of detail the rest of the book was afforded.  The timeline goes back and forth between Ruby and Ethan’s time dating each other and the time at the wedding.  I got a bit frustrated with the “secret” that was referred to throughout and then dropped at the end and it wasn’t really shocking at all.  

ADULT – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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