Overall Rating: loved it! ❤️
The story begins with Andrew interviewing for a new job in the Public Health Department. Caught off guard by the interviewer’s small talk, Andrew begins telling his potential employer all about his wife and kids – except they don’t exist; a little note that finally clicks when he gets the job. Cut to a few years later, Andrew is still working for Public Health and still keeping up the façade. Though his reality is filled with frozen dinners and internet friends, his crafty excuses and spreadsheets full of “family facts” have him thinking he could do this forever. That is, until he’s assigned a new partner and they hit it off in a way he wasn’t expecting. Suddenly Andrew finds himself at a cross roads and while he’s busy trying to figure out what route to take, an unexpected phone call threatens to drag all his secrets out of the shadows.
This book pulled my heart strings in every direction. Andrew’s character was written with such depth and complexity that I couldn’t help feeling connected to him. I had so much compassion for this sweet, mixed up man. There were a few times where I wished I could reach into the book and shake some sense into him but mostly, the story was full of moments that filled me with empathy; for Andrew, for the supporting characters, and even for characters we never got to meet.
The unexpected authenticity Andrew brought to the story reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant (another great book that I highly recommend) in a way that I want to call him her male counterpart. Pick this book up and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how invested you become.
Do I recommend it? Yes Yes Yes!
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