Everyday History, by Alice Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Rating: DNF at 20%
Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.
Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
I had to quit reading this at about 20% of the way through.
To be quite honest it became unreadable. I would liken the style to reading an entire book comprised of haikus that were trying to tell a story. The book was very choppy and since the chapters were so short and switched between points of view I don’t feel like you ever got a good grip on anything.
The narration itself was kind of all over the place. The chapters alternated between Ruben and Henry but they seemed to lack a lot of cohesion and it made keeping track of things very difficult, especially since the style tended to be flowery. Sometimes it felt like I was reading the book equivalent of one of those bizarre perfume commercials where everyone keeps turning away from each other looking sad.
Both of the characters fell flat. I did not really like either one of them and their relationship was pretty awkward altogether.
I wish I had liked this book because the idea had promise but I could not get past the style to enjoy it.
Alice Archer has questions. Lots of them. Scheming to put fictional characters through the much so they can get to a better place helps her find answers. She writes stories about men finding themselves and falling in love, because doing so feels like healing. She shares them with the hope that others might find some healing too.
Alice has messed about with words professionally for many years as an editor and writing coach. She’s pretty much drenched in words from dawn to dusk and beyond. There are ink stains on the bedding from her habit of writing sloppily in notebooks in the dark.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.