Friday, April 20, 2012

The First Husband Soon To Be A Movie

The First Husband
A Novel
By Laura Dave
Publisher: Penquin Group
Paperback: 256 pages
April 24, 2012; $15.00 US/$16.00 CAN; 9780143121022

Los Angeles- based travel writer Annie Adams thinks she has it all: Nick, her longtime film director boyfriend, has finally hit the big time, her column is nationally syndicated, and they've got a great dog. Life is good -- until Nick announces that he's reconnected with a woman from his past and he's moving out.

Reeling from his exit, Annie meets Griffin, a down-to-earth chef who's everything she didn't know she wanted. Three months later, they're married and living in the Berkshires. But Annie wonders if she's picked a life on the rebound. When Nick asks for a second chance, Annie's stuck -- torn between her husband and the man she thought she'd marry.

Author Bio
Laura Dave, 
author of The First Husband, is the author of The Divorce Party and London Is the Best City in America. She has contributed to The New York Times, Redbook, Glamour, Self, Ladies' Home Journal, and NPR's All Things Considered. A New York Native, she now lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

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The 411 by Maria:

I am not at all surprised that this book was picked up for movie rights by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. As someone who has very little time to read and usually takes a week to read a book, this was done in 1.5 days. 

You like Annie from page 1. She is blindsided by her boyfriend who suddenly decides they need a break. Forcing herself to go out one night and break her depression she meets Griffin, who you will also like immediately. 

Annie finds herself suddenly happily married until Nick resurfaces and asks for a second chance. Decisions, decisions, what's a girl to do?

Personally, I love how Laura creates likeable characters. Not every story needs villians. There doesn't need to be a big, nasty breakup for us to root for the new guy. The characters are very real and the situations very believable. 

My favorite character is Griffins brother Jesse. He is funny, witty and sarcastic, plus it isn't often that the main female character gets to befriend a male friend, have him be her sounding board, a person she can laugh and get drunk with, while being there for him too, without it turning into something sexual. Kudos to the author for that one.  

I also enjoyed the many references to Roman Holiday, we are all romantics in a way even if we say we aren't and it was fun to see Annie's connection to this movie which she believe to be a catalyst to her "bad luck".

Great book! ***** (5 stars)

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