Review: The Single Girl's To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk
This book had a huge amount of potential, but is let down by the selfish, cynical main character and the near constant one-line jokes that simply aren't funny. Rachel has little empathy for the people around her, and treats her brother and her friends like dirt. Most of the supporting characters lack depth and it sometimes feels as though the moral to the story is that the road to happiness can be found through dying one's hair an extreme shade of red, eating a lot of fatty foods with an extremely limited nutritional value and making unnecessarily cynical wisecracks. (In short, I think I'm in the wrong market for this novel.) I also felt the book was let down by not exploring themes that should be important plot points--for example the entire novel builds toward Rachel attending her father's fourth wedding, yet her father remains an entirely absent figure in the book, even in the few paragraphs that are set at the wedding. Surely this would have been an interesting theme for the author to explore? How was Rachel's view of relationships influenced by her father? Did he have any advice for her?
Early on, I contemplated leaving this as a DNF but the plot was just interesting enough to keep me reading.
Not really recommended.