Sundays at Tiffany’s review

3 Jul

To all of you who have ever given hope to one day find your imaginary friend to be a real person later in life; this is the book for you!

Michael is Jane’s imaginary friend, and we start when Jane is days away from turning nine, and Michael is burdened with the worst possible job of an imaginary friends, he has to tell her that he needs to leave.

After realising that the party her mother has thrown was not intended for her in the first place, Jane is distraught and seeks company in Michael, but he can only do so much for her has to leave her forever.

Or does he?

Fast forward; Jane’s now an adult, planning her wedding to the star of her broadway show Thank Heaven and is less than satisfied. Her, supposedly leading man, is not very interested in her, and Jane can’t thinking back on how Michael treated her.

Much to Jane’s disbelief, she stumbles across Michael once again, but this time he is real, remembers her and their relationship stumbles onto the next level until Michael realises that he has one last job to do!

We follow the book through two perspectives, the first is through Jane’s inner monologue (first person) and the second is told from Michael’s side of the story, but in third person.

It makes for interesting reading.

james-patterson_sundays-at-tiffanysThe chapters are short and easy to read. In fact it makes for brilliant easy reading as the two perspectives are easy to follow. You know quite clearly when you’ve changed from one to the other.

James Patterson is well known in literary circles for writing adventure and crime books, so this is a completely different genre for him.

However over the last couple of years he has been writing increasingly with co-authors. Someone once said to me that it was a tactic of launching a new author, but unfortunately I have not seen anything from Gabrielle Charbonnet since Sundays at Tiffany’s, which is a shame because I suspect that she was the driving force behind this book- it has that feel of a woman’s touch to it.

The thing about this book that doesn’t make it just another love story, is the magical element to it, Michael comes back to Jane when she needs him most in her adult life, and that’s nice. You never get an explanation of it, but it has a Godly feel about it.

Another thing that makes this book work is the fact that Jane is not some simpering heroine. She’s gusty. She’s not your average beauty in the book, and she’s all the better for that! A woman who lives by her own means and has a brain to boot! What isn’t to like?

Even though this book isn’t well known, it has been made into a movie (unfortunately only available in the US) with the all too lovely Alyssa Milano as Jane, which as far as I can tell causes the plot to lose something- but not having seen it, I can’t tell.

What I can tell you is that the book is worth reading- just if you are a James Patterson fan; Do NOT expect his usual adventure flare.

Sundays at Tiffany’s gets a very magical four out of five. I would have a loved a bit more, just a few more feelings and maybe a slightly more satisfactory conclusion. Apart from that, it’s a darling little book that is well worth a quick read.

Well there you are! Don’t forget to spend Sundays at Tiffany’s!

About the Writer: Stef is a 22 year old graduate who has a lifelong obsession with books and reading who also loves music and live theatre. You’re most likely to find her in a book shop or out in London standing at a theatre stage door. She can be found on twitter and running The World of Blyton.

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