G. Bianco, 2019
In her debut novel, Genevieve Wheeler tackles the complexities of love for young people and what it’s like finding your way in life. Adelaide, which comes out April 18th, is already getting critical acclaim and I anticipate even more praise for this story.
For twenty-six-year-old Adelaide Williams, an American living in dreamy London, meeting Rory Hughes was like a lightning bolt out of the blue: this charming Englishman was The One she wasn’t even looking for. Does he respond to texts? Honor his commitments? Make advance plans? Sometimes, rarely, and no, not at all. But when he shines his light on her, the world makes sense, and Adelaide is convinced that, in his heart, he’s fallen just as deeply as she has. Then, when Rory is rocked by an unexpected tragedy, Adelaide does everything in her power to hold him together—even if it means losing herself in the process.
This book is so unique and moving that I don’t even know where to start this review… This story isn’t a romance, but it is. This story isn’t a tragedy; but in some ways it is. It’s just a story about a woman’s life and how she interprets and tackles the things life throws at her.
This debut novel is just so honest in its approach to love and youth and trying to find your way in life, even when it feels like the world doesn’t love you back. This book touches upon a lot of heavy subjects like grief, loss, death, mental health, and toxic/abusive relationships, but also highlights the beauties of the world like love, music, literature, traveling, friendship, and found families.
The non-linear timelines and alternating POVs make this book more engaging and kind of mirror Adelaide’s thoughts and philosophy about living life in the moment.
If you’re looking for your next book club read or a book with a realistic storyline and an honest take on romance, then check out this book!
*I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
Hi! My name is Elisa and my bookshelf is quite literally overflowing! Join me in my journey of reading as many books as humanly possible!