My Rating: 3.5 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: Since I haven’t been in the mood to write a review in the past few days, I’ll be doing a pros and cons list for Eileen Cook’s Unraveling Isobel.
- The book is guaranteed to make you laugh!
- It’s a standalone novel, which means things are wrapped up neatly and there are no cliffhanger endings.
- Isobel has a great sense of humour and is easy to like.
- Nate, the love interest, is someone who does his own thing and doesn’t just follow the crowd.
- Since Isobel’s father is a schizophrenic, Cook does a good job of making the reader wonder whether Isobel is having delusions or whether something more sinister is going on.
- The secondary characters could have more depth.
- While the romance was sweet, it didn’t seem to take Isobel and her stepbrother very long to get together; and once they hooked up, the two never really thought about the strangeness of their relationship.
- Even though Isobel sees a psychologist to come to terms with her dad’s condition and acknowledges how common mental disorders are, I thought the topic of schizophrenia was handled a little too lightly. As a result, it kind of felt more like a plot device to me.
Comments About the Cover: I think the cover’s cheeriness fits the overall tone of the novel, and I like how it incorporates Isobel’s artistic ability by having the model pose so that it looks like she’s painting the cover.
In exchange for an honest review, this ARC was received from the publisher (Simon and Schuster) for free via Galley Grab.
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