Book #23 Read in 2011: Second Chances by Jane Green
Monday, May 30, 2011
Plot synopsis from Publisher's Weekly:
"Jane Green, author of chick-lit favorites Swapping Lives (2006) and The Other Woman (2005), explores the way one man's death affects the lives of his friends. Tom Fitzgerald, a Brit living in the States, is only 39 when he kisses his wife and children good-bye and boards a doomed train. In the wake of his death, his friends, some of whom haven't seen in each other in nearly two decades, come together to remember him. Tom's death reignites their friendship, causes them to re-evaluate their lives and sends them marching toward a concluding warm fuzzy. Green's writing is competent, though her characters feel more like embodiments of their problems than actual people. There are few surprises, but the fairy tale ending should appease Green's many fans"
I tend to avoid the "chick lit" genre, but every once in a while predictable fiction hits the spot. That being said, this book is a bit darker than most chick lit novels. Although it was at times depressing, I liked Second Chance and it was a fast read. I would have liked a little more focus on Tom's wife/kids and how they dealt with everything, and it seemed as if there wasn't any resolution at the end with one of the main characters. Otherwise, this was a decent book. I would call it a good beach book but I would also warn you that if you're looking for breezy chick lit this is probably not your best bet.