Thursday, February 27, 2020

Julie's Review: This Won't End Well

Author: Camille Pagan
Series: None
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Lake Union
Pages: 295
Obtained: publisher via NetGalley
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Clever, witty and engaging
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Summary: No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone. Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business? Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears—and he wants her to join him in France. She’s pretty sure letting anyone get close won’t end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk? 

Review: This Won't End Well is a wonderful novel about putting yourself out there when it seems that everyone is letting you down. Annie is a delight in the way she handles whatever life throws at her but she's almost too calm. She's methodical , logical and controlled; everything in her life is measured.  But when her fiance ups and leaves to go to Paris to "find himself" before they get married, she starts to unravel a tiny bit. She swears off all new people but even starts to alienate herself from old friends as well. 

What Annie finds out is that you can't really close yourself off because life has a way of forcing you to do the opposite of what you planned. So as someone new moves in next door, she finds herself slightly intrigued about the woman who seems so opposite of her. Of course, Annie sees something that makes her even more curious so she starts to spy. Except we all know that nothing is ever as it seems.

The cast of characters that Ms. Pagan has written to help Annie on her way to self-discovery are truly wonderful. They each make Annie think in a way that she hasn't before. From Harper to Mo to Leesa she begins to understand that not everything is logical, especially love. What Ms. Pagan does so well is show how people can evolve even when they think they can’t. It doesn’t have to be major changing but sometime little changes make huge differences.



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