Published: 18th June 2015
Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend and their mutual friends, and the rest at her tediously mundane job, but it’s fine. She’s happy(ish). But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins looking forward to falling asleep at night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted. Because people never really find the person of their dreams… do they?
How could I not treat myself to a copy of Giovanna’s new book? I would have been silly not to, especially before finally meeting her in Liverpool in late June. Yup, you can read all about that on my blog as well.
The opening of Giovanna’s third book begins with a dream of a well known TV face, blue hair dye and an unexpected appearance from a University person from way back in the day. It was a quirky, unique way to open the plot and tied in brilliantly with the title. For a girl who is still moping around after her ex-boyfriend, Sarah came across as an upbeat, happy and honest main character which I really liked. From the very first page, her voice was strong and distinctive. Her group of friends were an additional joy to read about; there were plenty of laughs, gossip and it was heartwarming that you knew they were all there for one another without Giovanna having to state the obvious.
“Thank goodness I’m waking up alone and not having to greet some hunk in this state. Every cloud and all that.”
The narrative progressed very smoothly and it read beautifully. We learnt about Sarah’s life at work, her family, her close group of friends, her douche bag of an ex boyfriend and then there’s the dreams.. They were unique to say the least and I think Giovanna covered them brilliantly which just the right amount of detail, because who truly remembers every inch of a deep sleep dream? On a very small side note; I did enjoy the cheeky Tom Fletcher references (blue hair and seeing him in a dream); that did amuse me more than it should of.
“We’re in a very abstract version of Harry Potter’s Gryffindor dorm at Hogwarts.”
When Sarah’s dream becomes a reality, our main character transforms into this giggly, uncontrollable school girl and who can blame her? Giovanna has hand carved Brett into an absolute hunk of a man. Sarah’s work life improves a lot and I found her balance of having a social life to be really well written. The plot flowed from chapter to chapter and I just had to cancel my life in order to finish the book within two days. #sorrynotsorry
“I don’t think any of us know what we really want until we’re put in a situation or have something snatched away from us. Maybe life is more about reacting rather than acting…”
The narrative was an absolute dream to read; it progressed so beautifully throughout and there were no stop, start moments which made it even more enjoyable. Giovanna writes her characters with such passion and confidence which really does come across on the page. She’s a natural storyteller and allows the readers to be completely captivated in her fictional world. I thought the plot played out really well; it wasn’t obvious in the slightest, anything could have happened especially with Sarah’s life. Her best friends were all so heartwarming and utterly hilarious to read about – Carly was definitely my favourite! All in all, it’s Giovanna’s best book so far and I could happily continue reading her writing for years to come.