Sunday, 27 April 2008

The First Time By Joy Fielding

I read this book twice. Not because it's such a brilliant book, but because I forgot I read it. Reading it again, I also realised that it is one of the books which you wouldn't mind reading it again. Its not brilliant, inf act, it's excellent!

The plot:

Mattie Harte who is only 36 yrs old, discovered that her husband of sixteen years is cheating on her, again... and this time Jake decides to move out to be with his girlfriend, Honey (that's her name, I guess pun was intended by the writer). When Mattie discovers that she has Lou Gehrig's disease, Jake decides to move back home to help out until she dies. Doctor's have told her she has 6months to 1 year to live.
Mattie tried to move on without Jake, she even had an affair with someone who truly liked her, but she couldn't imagine dying alone in the end. So, Mattie and Jake made an arrangement: he will pretend to love her until she dies.

But Jake comes to find that he does, and he doesn't know how to deal with it. Their daughter (and the reason they got married) deals outwardly with her mother's illness, but begins looking for trouble, underage sex, suffering from a slight case of anorexia which causes more stress in the family.

The plot thickens when Mattie made her mother (whom she never got on with) promise to do the necessary when it was time.

I give this book 8/10.

The best part of the book for me was:

1) when Mattie and Jake went on a trip to Paris, Honey was also staying at the same hotel


2) when Mattie's mom could not keep her promise