All The Good Parts: a novel or just another case of art imitating life?
Leona is approaching 40 and figuring out whether she wants to have a baby in her fast-closing window is giving her something new to obsess about. Meanwhile, she lives in her sister’s house, babysits her nieces and nephews and develops inappropriate relationships with her home health-care patients and go back to school in the most passive way possible – online.
What I Thought
All The Good Parts is one of the few e-arcs (Electronic Advance Reader Copy) that I have enjoyed so much.
I liked the plot and the timeline of how things were revealed. I enjoyed the characters, was rooting for the main character to grow and change, I liked the supporting characters and liked seeing them also grow over the course of the book.
I liked the way disappointments were handled but there was always something or someone to root for.
I liked that there was a good resolution but not a a happily ever after.
What I’d Change
I think the book lacked a true explanation for how the main character got to where she was. There was mention of one ex-boyfriend but it wasn’t enough to answer all the questions I had for Leona.
I think the book blurb gave away a little too much but there was still a bit of a surprise at the end.
I gave All The Good Parts 4 out of 5 stars. Why?
- +1 Relatable plot
- +1 Love-able and hate-able characters
- +1 Sufficient angst. Sufficient internal monologue.
- +1 Meaningful dialogue that expressed characters’ personalities well
- -.5 for lack of connection to main character’s previous life
- -.5 for spoilers in the book blurb
Read it yourself
I read a free e-Arc of All The Good Parts compliments of NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review. The book will be released in September but you can pre-order a copy here.
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