Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty

First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty

Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 304 
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads: An engrossing tale of a marriage that’s falling apart and a wife who will stop at nothing to keep it together. 

From their early days in college, Evvie and Ben were drawn to each other by feelings of isolation stemming from their wounded childhoods, passionate idealism, and zeal for music. Sheltered by their love, they weathered the challenges and trials of the imperfect world around them. But as the years passed, they grew apart. Now Ben has his sights set on a completely different kind of future—alone, or with someone else. 

Convinced that Ben cannot live without her, Evvie begins to unravel, as she obsessively devises ways to reclaim the love that she cannot let go of. She gambles on a spectacularly dangerous scheme, one that may ultimately have devastating consequences. 

Kritters Thoughts:  There are books that are about sad or deep topics that make you think, but don't bring the mood down and then there are books that just quite bring the mood to the pits.  This one is of the latter group.  What a debbie downer that left me hoping that no one would compare me with Evvie and her crazy antics to get her estranged husband back.    

Evvie went to the ends of the earth to try to repair her marriage that was holding on by a string until the string broke.  She went above and beyond, hence the title to try to get her husband back in their home and in love with her.  I respect her ideas to try to repair, but she did some crazy things.

I rarely read reviews of books before or during reading it, but this one made me stop and see if I was the only one that wasn't enjoying Evvie and her craziness.  Maybe I am.  

Has anyone else read this?  Am I alone in my thoughts?

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

GR Cover Challenge 2012: What Is It? (music page) 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Check out the other tour dates:

Tuesday, February 28th: Reading on a Rainy Day
Wednesday, February 29th: West Metro Mommy


  1. I would agree with your assessment. I thought the writing was very good and in some ways Evvie and Ben were fascinating but I didn't miss the characters when the book was done.

  2. I originally wanted to read this book, but I am not so sure after reading this review...since you mention crazy stuff I keep thinking she drugged her husband or something. =)

  3. I'm sorry this one didn't turn out to be a favorite for you, but thanks for being on the tour!

    - Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours


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