By: Corinne Michaels
Standalone | 366 pages | Pub. 2018
One Last Chance at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★
- Dude: Sam Rockwell with dad jokes
- Psycho Ex-Husband: Not quite Scott Peterson, but almost
- Emotional: We only wanted to throw the book twice
- Funny: Harry Potter pick-up lines… need we say more?
Pairs Well With
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz Grand Marnier
- ½ oz each: lime juice, orange juice and sweet and sour ix
- 1 oz Chambord
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
Guys, I freaking loved Kristin and I declare her my new spirit animal. I relate to this awkwardly hilarious chick so hard. When she word vomits barely intelligible sentences when she is nervous I’m like, same girl, same.
“Yes. Me. Hi. Kristin. I. You. Hi.”
“I had hoped you had a small dick, but that didn’t work out.”
I also respect that she doesn’t let her dickwad ex-husband continue to push her around and finally sticks up for herself. Get it, girl. But despite his asshattery she doesn’t try to play her kids against him which is mature and I’m here for it.
Speaking of dickward ex-husband, I hated him from sentence one and if he was real life I’d hop in my car, drive to Florida blaring “Fuck You” by Lily Allen on my speakers and go punch him right in his stupid face. Men that act like Scott have to go. I’m going to round them all up and send them to freeze to death in Siberia.
“Scott demanded I quit my job as a reporter when we found out I was pregnant with Finn… He felt I wouldn’t be able to devote enough time to being a mom.”
I’m sorry I didn’t realize this was 1950 and men were still allowed to have these kind of thoughts and live. Good moms can have careers, they don’t have to be stay at home moms (unless they want, that’s perfectly fine too!). ESPECIALLY a girl that worked her ass off to get a masters and a kickass job in her field. Nope.
Not gonna lie I’d totally be the girl that falls in a pool, drunk on margaritas, trying to impress a hot dude. Though the fact that she falls asleep in the pool was a little too much though. Yeah, I was annoyed by their insta-love but I did appreciate that for the most part Noah recognized Kristin was going through a divorce and recovery and it wasn’t tooooo over the top (except for Noah’s cheesy lines).
“I’ll Slytherin to your Hufflepuff tonight if you need me to remind you.”
What really pissed me off about this book was Noah immediately not trusting Kristin, trying to sabotage her career in retaliation, and then fleeing the country. After Kristin proves she’s innocent, Noah comes running back and is like “jk I love you” and she’s basically like “okay.”
“‘Forgive me,’ he pleads. ‘Forgive me for being so stupid.’
‘I did the second I saw you.’”
Okay, no. Girl, did you not just get out of a 14 year toxic emotionally abused marriage and learned nothing?! Sigh. I wanted to shake Kristin and have a come to jesus talk.
The first part of this book depressed me and made me so angry. I mean eff you Scott. I was honestly waiting for Kristin to reveal any flaw of hers besides being overly loyal. The girl was just way too invested in that marriage to know when to cut the cord. It’s obvious that the abuse escalated over the year to slowly beat her down.
I loved that the book called out how emotional abuse is still abuse and deserves the same punishments. When the judge told Scott off I was sooo happy. We need more of this in our world.
“I don’t like games, Mr. McGee. I don’t like liars. More than those, I don’t like people who think it’s okay to put others down in order to build themselves up.”
Scott was a POS, but we knew that he was going to be. The thing that bothered me the most in this book was Kristin’s friends and family’s complacency in watching the abuse go down. Her mom, Heather, Danielle and Nicole at different times each tell her how they wish they had said something. THEN SAY SOMETHING! If you are as good of friends as you say then you should take it upon yourselves to save your friend. If you even suspect that your bestie is being abused in any way YOU DO SOMETHING. Kristin might have done something about her situation if she knew that even one of those four people had her back. She didn’t know that. She waited until he divorced her. WTF. No
What I loved were the endless Harry Potter and Spice Girls references and how amazingly hilarious Kristen and her tribe were. The drunk pool scene was pretty great as was Nicole and her insane comments. Honestly I would rather read the Nicole book.
Aubrey just killed my heart with her zoo. I was that girl. I still have a ridiculous number of stuffed animals in my spare bedroom. Nobody is taking Shamu away.
I wasn’t sold on the Noah/Kristen thing. They barely knew each other and “fall in love” sure, I can believe that. But when he just up and leaves her, without even thinking or trying and she just takes him right back like he did nothing? Nope. Not happening. Girl is a crayon short of a box if she isn’t going to make him put in any work at all. I’m not saying don’t forgive him, but make him pay a little! I know she is supposed to be the nice one, but that shit doesn’t fly.
I am glad I read this because too few books highlight the severity of emotional abuse. Calling that out is a big win for me.
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