Kindle Edition, 242 pagesPublished June 1st 2011
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea returns home from a business trip to find Alex, her boyfriend of fourteen years, nervously waiting for her. Assuming he's finally going to propose, Andrea's instead horrified to learn he's been cheating on her and is leaving to be with the other woman, who he calls Andrea's opposite.
At first Andrea's paralyzed by shock and sadness, but the business analyst soon forms a plan: change every last detail of her life and become her opposite so Alex will come back to her.
It's a challenge at first, but soon Andrea's loving the changes she's making, the new activities she's doing, and the new people in her life. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into the wonderful new life she's creating for herself?
I can't imagine being with the same guy for fourteen years without a ring on my finger, but that's just how it is with Andrea and her boyfriend, Alex. Andrea assumes that everything is going well, but then she finds herself suddenly dumped--without any warning. When the shock wears off, she makes a plan to reverse things in her life to become her opposite, in the hopes that Alex will take her back.
I hate it when people change to become who they think their boyfriend/girlfriend wants them to be, but Andrea's case is different. I believe that people change a lot in their teens and early twenties--molding and shaping who they truly are. Since Andrea and Alex were together since they were fourteen, a lot of adapting happened and it seems that Andrea was doing most of the adapting. By reversing herself, she's not really becoming the true opposite of herself, but she's finally free to become who she really, truly is. She's always wanted a cat, but Alex hates them, so she allows herself to get a cat. She discovers many talents and hobbies that were kept suppressed or hidden and thoroughly enjoys them now. She becomes independent and confident and I loved watching her evolve and learn to rely on herself to make decisions. I don't want to give things away, but Andrea does have the opportunity to date and take chances that way and I love the way that aspect of the story is developed.
I can't understand how she stayed with Alex for so long. I thought after being together for half of their lives, she would know him inside and out, yet he is full of surprises, and most of them are negative.
This book is written in a way that really draws a reader in. Andrea has normal and natural feelings and reactions and since it's told in first person, I felt like a friend was filling me in on her life. I'm content with my life, but it made me stop and think--am I really doing all I want to do or do I need to make some adjustments to be true to myself?
Content: moderate language; no violence or religious elements; moderate sexual content--There is a lot of talk about sex without any details at all. There is also talk of same gender relationships without any details. There is also kissing, which is sweet and clean. Technically clean, but not really appropriate for a younger reader.