Review: If You Could See Me Now


 

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About the Book

  • Author: Keris Stainton
  • Genres: Adult, Rom-Com, Contemporary
  • Published on: 4th August, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to bookouture for accepting my request.


Synopsis

Izzy Harris is a mediocre girl with a mediocre life. She has a job, a flat and a boyfriend. What more can anybody want?

Well, things aren’t as simple as they appear. Her long time boyfriend has stopped noticing her since a very long time although they share her flat and she doesn’t seem to make any progress at her work. She had tried several times to get a promotion, but each time her boss, Mel tells her that her work is satisfactory and to be promoted she needs to think big and outside the box.

Tash, her best friend, is doubtful of her relationship with her boyfriend. She tells her that she under-estimates herself; that she settled for a guy like Max because she didn’t have the guts to have her heart-broken, that she does her job in a manner that just gets her through and doesn’t put her best effort in it. Isabel knows that this is the truth but she doesn’t want to accept it.

Then, one night after drinking out with Tash, things become complicated. Way complicated than anyone can imagine! Her long time wish is granted, but is that really what she wants?

She decides to dump her boyfriend, tries to win a very big contract for her company and works with her very handsome colleague, Alex, all the while battling with the thought that she could remain in that situation forever.

Review

‘If You Could See Me Now’ is a wonderful, light-hearted and engaging read.

The pace of the story slows down at certain points, particularly during conversations and steamy scenes, but otherwise, the pace was well-kept. The plot of this book was interesting, especially after the major plot twist surfaces.

Izzy or Isabel is a lovely and relatable character. She is what we would describe as an ‘introvert’ person. Her reluctance, her under-estimation of her own abilities are all very natural. The development her character goes through was spectacular and inspirational. A lot can be learned from this development and I wouldn’t be surprised to know that some people do find it more inspirational than anything else the book stands for or represents.

I also loved Tash! Tash was the complete opposite of Isabel. They are like the opposite ends of the spectrum, they have nothing in common and yet, they seem incomplete without each other. At some points in the story, I loved Tash more than Izzy! I would definitely be up for reading a book from Tash’s POV!

The greatest twist and the normality of it all was unsettling and spectacular. It was excellent how the author made it sound like an everyday occurrence; like you can wake up one day and find yourself… The author has done an incredible job in representing magical realism in the story.

There were some very good feminist points made in the book. For example, once when Izzy decides to take a walk alone at night, she starts thinking about why this is a ‘No- No’ for many of the female population. The amazing thing is that men are not presented as demons and true feminist-ic points are made and issues highlighted.

A thing I wish the author included in the book is Izzy’s time in the office. I would have loved to explore her relationship with Mel (her boss), Nichola and others. It feels particularly important after a conversation overheard by Izzy between her colleagues.

Overall, it was a very good read! I would recommend this book to you if you want something easy and light-hearted. This would be an ideal book for the beach!

Rating: 4/5

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