This is the debut novel from Molly Ringwald. Name sound familiar? Remember Pretty in Pink? Breakfast Club? Yep THAT Molly Ringwald.
Simon and Schuster (the publishers) say this:
Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are at the heart of When It Happens to You, the debut novel in stories from actress and author Molly Ringwald. A Hollywood icon, Ringwald defined the teenage experience in the eighties in such classic films as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Ringwald brings the compelling candour she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of intertwined and linked stories about the particular challenges, joys and disappointments of adult relationships. Her characters grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord in a magnificent debut that will resonate broadly, particularly with fans of Melissa Banks, Meg Wolitzer and Lorrie Moore.
Well I loved this book. I thought it was very well written and the idea of telling it as eight separate stories was very clever. There were one or two of them that I really couldnt work out how they related to our two main characters.
Essentially it tells the story of a marriage breakdown and how it affects the lives of those around those involved.
I did feel as though the ending was a bit weak and I finished it and thought “Oh is that that it?!”
But on the whole I loved this and would certainly recommend it. It’s an easy read and one that you can dip in and out of if you can only read in half hour snatches.
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