6/52: The Best of Adam Sharp

Kath's Bookshelf / Thursday, February 8th, 2018

This morning I finished my sixth book of the year, The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion. Since deciding to read fifty-two books this year (and, in turn, document my reading adventure over on my Goodreads account) I knew I had to pick up Simsion’s newest book. His book, The Rosie Project is one of my all-time favourite books and so, upon realising her had another book out, I went straight onto Amazon and ordered it. But what did I think about it?

The Best of Adam Sharp follows protagonist, Adam, an IT consultant who, years ago, travelled the world and fell in love. Now, middle-aged and pretty content, he’s surprised to see his old flame reach out to him. Angelina. The girl he left behind and hoped it was the right decision. Adam is also a performer, a lover of music and sitting down at a piano in a bar, to perform a classic tune or two. The story is told, not just through Adam’s eyes, but through the songs in his fingers and in his head. The book flips between his and Angelina’s story and his current relationship of twenty years. But is a past great love enough to change his life of Jame Oliver’s pork recipe, pub quizzes and popping in to see his mum?

For most of this read, it was going to be a solid four out of five review. It is soaked in the Grame Simsion charm he sprinkled over The Rosie Project series and I found Adam really lovable, even though I instantly didn’t click with the original female love interest, Angelina. Despite this, I did enjoy their love story and felt conflicted, much like Adam, when Angelina contacts him twenty-two years after he left Australia and his love story with the Australian soap star.

It’s hard to explain my problems with the story without ruining it for anyone, but I’ll try to do so without being overly specific. Angelina became an even more unattractive character as the story continued. It felt like a story of back up plans and disappointments and, in the end, an overall lack of progression for all characters. I found Angelina’s husband, Charlie, to be controlling and thought the Fifty Shades nature of the end of the book was quite out of place. I didn’t feel a sense of closure at the end of the book; the feeling we endeavour to find as a reader closing a book for the final time. The whole story felt based on indecision and, while books, films and TV series do need this kind of uncertainty in their stories, it was a little hard to read for this reason.

Despite these issues (small issues that came together to create a big problem, as a reader), I am still just as in love with Simsion’s writing as before. I adore how he makes stories feel quirky and yet very believable. He’s the best writer for charming reads and I still do recommend this book. The focus on music in the novel is really endearing; probably my most favourite part of the novel.

I rate The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion as 3/5!

You can…

  • Buy the book on Amazon HERE!
  • Check out other reviews of this book on Goodreads HERE!
  • Read my review of the fifth book I’ve read this year HERE!

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them,” – Joseph Brodsky.

~ Kat ~

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