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Evvie Drake Starts Over – an Unpopular Review

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☆ ☆ TWO STARS

I was so excited to read this book. It was being heralded as one of the best romances of the summer and with an adorable cover there was no way I could resist giving it a try. While this book was alright, it sadly missed the mark for me. The premise of the book was so good and it really captured my attention when I first read it. Even though I disliked this book, many others have loved it so perhaps it’s just me.

While this story was well written, it just felt too slow for me. I’m not one to avoid character-driven stories as opposed to action-led (in fact, I generally prefer character-driven) but I found myself disliking Evvie and this was reflected in my lacklustre opinion of the book. What started out as interesting ( I adored the first chapter) soon fell downhill. This was a book with so much potential and I’m disappointed that it just didn’t resonate with me.

CHARACTERS

Evvie – The beginning of the book saw Evvie as a strong-willed woman who was finally making a move to gain back her independence and life after an unhappy marriage. With the shocking and sudden death of her husband, all of her efforts were suddenly made in vain. The shut-down of Evvie’s emotions following this event, in the guise of feigned mourning, was completely expected and I enjoyed reading about her attempts to grapple with the sudden chaos in her life. As the story progressed though, I soon found myself getting frustrated with Evvie and this really brought down my enjoyment of the book.

The independence Evvie had been fighting for was gone. In its place (for majority of the book) was a seamless list of lacklustre events and responses to everything. It was like the life had been sucked out of her personality. Perhaps I’m being too harsh in my assessment as everyone grieves differently and experiences guilt differently but Evvie’s constant efforts to ignore her emotions and push everyone away, while going through the motions in her life, frustrated me. She refused to confide in anyone, even her best friend, or make any changes in her life for majority of the book. It just kept dragging on and I would have loved to see her take charge a bit sooner.

Dean – was a tolerably nice character. I’m a huge fan of sports romances so his baseball career had me really excited for this book. While the budding relationship with Evvie was interesting at first it soon became apparent that the two would never really communicate with one another. Oh, they’d share secrets but it felt like they didn’t really know each other that well. It seemed like they were just strangers confiding in one another. The story felt muted. I didn’t really get a feel for there being much chemistry between the two of them. They just seemed lost in the book and naturally gravitating to each other because there was no one else.

I know that my opinion is an unpopular one, but it’s one I’m entitled to. I think other people may have interpreted this book a different way or related better to Evvie and Dean. Perhaps others saw a chemistry that I missed. Either way, it was a miss for me.

// what book was a miss for you this year that everyone else loved? //

Jen

7 thoughts on “Evvie Drake Starts Over – an Unpopular Review

  1. I have this one sitting on my TBR, but I’ve gotten exceptionally leery of books that are heavily hyped as I tend to not feel the same way, so I keep putting off picking it up. I may just have to grab it next to see what I think.

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  2. Great review! This book wasn’t on my tbr, but the problems you mentioned came up in other books I’ve read this year. It isn’t easy to plough through a book, if you are not connecting with the character. I loved what you said about sharing secrets not being real communication 💜

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    1. It was definitely a bit of a struggle to get through this one. I wanted to see if she’d change toward the end of the book and gain back the confidence she’d had in the first chapter, so this helped to push me through the book. I’m sorry you’ve had similar books like this too. I’m glad that you also think there’s a difference between love and confiding in someone in romance novels 😊

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