#BookReview: I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck

Reviewer: Michelle

I received a review copy

i'm glad about youSummary:

The pathos and missed connections of One Day meet the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in this comedic and tender novel.
 
Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing.  Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past.

When Alison gets her lucky break in New York City, she ends up on the fast track to stardom and a world far more different from Cincinnati than she could have ever imagined. Back home in Ohio, Kyle marries in haste and repents at leisure. Reluctantly embracing life in suburban hell, he becomes a pediatrician. While Kyle’s dreams begin to molder, Alison learns that the spotlight is always circled by shadows. As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions. I’m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.

Review:

Alison Moore is slowly finding out that moving to New York from her home in Cincinnati will be a bigger challenge than she thought. Determined to make something of her acting career there, she’s also trying to forget her one true love, Kyle. Meanwhile, Kyle is fighting the same battle in Ohio as he plans to marry the one woman who changed his life. But it isn’t Alison.

Most of this novel focuses on the two main characters separate and very different lives. Alison soon finds out that show biz is exactly what she thought it would be… having to sell yourself at auditions, but also sleeping with the directors to secure a spot in big time films. Kyle soon finds out that his new wife Van is not the woman he thought she was. He is struggling to have a relationship with his two daughters and is constantly wondering what life would be like had he married Alison. There is some religious tones in this as Kyle is a firm Catholic and Alison struggles with having the same views. Drama is extremely consistent in this book and it keeps you guessing!  As I was turning the pages, I realized I have felt some of the same feelings that she did.

I thought the book was great, although there were times that the author got a little wordy and I started losing interest. That was only a few times so it shouldn’t turn anyone away from the book. If you love family drama this book is for you.

4.5 stars



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