Review: Stir Until Thoroughly Confused by Heather Wardell

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • Lending: Enabled

My Rating: 3.5/5 Acorns

This book really started off with a bang. I could envision Amy Adams playing Mary and Colin Farrel playing Kegan. They had an electricity to their dialogue and the plot was scintillating, so much so that I found it hard to put down.

About a third of the way through I was dying. I mean it was clear that there was chemistry there, and it was clear that Kegan had gone farther outside of his comfort zone for Mary than he had for any other girl before. It was slightly unrealistic, but it still added tension.

And then the tension died away. The problems became masked over with a lot of telling instead of showing and the plot stopped moving forward in leaps and bounds. I had set myself up for this book to read like a quaint romantic comedy and I was left with something that was a bit bland and boring.

What bothered me was the lack of problems. The problems were too small. I noticed the potential troublemaker right off the bat, and she ended up not making much trouble at all. When she did it was anti climactic.

What I liked was the ease with which Mary and Kegan interacted. They seemed to be really into each other and it was easy to see that the romance between them was real. I also liked the trips to Niagara Falls, and the setting in Toronto worked well for me. The unexpected visits from people they talked about were also a big like for me.

And then I get back to the dislikes. I was frustrated with the teenage like thoughts about sex. I realize this probably has to do with the author’s preferences more than anything, but I would have liked to have seen less restraint. I also would have liked to have seen I don’t know, more tender love making scenes. It’s hard to describe because she does do it well but then glosses over it. She glosses over a lot in the writing and that’s left me feeling a little hollow.

Lastly, the ending doesn’t make it a romantic comedy in the least, for one it would need to have the addition of more comedy and for two it would need bigger, more dramatic problems to bring it to that movie quality place. I was originally thinking I’d love to see this on the screen, and when it ended I thought, well that ends the dilemma but it doesn’t really bring the story to a head for me.

So really, I would have liked to have seen Crystal’s mischief blow up in a bigger way and when it came to Kegan and Mary not being able to work together, I would have also liked to see a bigger blow out.

If you’re reading this review though and you want a book that’s about adults in adult situations and not about every teenager on the block, this one is a good one. It’s a safe bet and I did like it, but I didn’t love it.