Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Review: No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday by Tracy Bloom
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 21st, 2014
Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again following a school reunion. So all is forgotten ... until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy's baby. Love and life are messy, but Katy and Matthew take things to a whole new level as deep emotions begin to resurface and hormones run riot. Never has a one-night-stand led to such chaos!
I dip into adult books sporadically, reading whatever takes my fancy when it takes my fancy. These days I've been craving anything that will make me laugh, which is why I picked up No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday. I believe Tracy Bloom self-published this before it was traditionally published by Arrow, meaning it already has an established readership. I'm a bit late to it all, as per usual with self-published books!
The plot is pretty straight forward: Katy is pregnant but she's not sure who the father is. It could either be Ben, her much younger boyfriend, or Matthew, her childhood sweetheart who she stupidly sleeps with at a school reunion. She ends up meeting Matthew again eight months later at an antenatal class, he figures out the baby could be his, and chaos ensues. It's a complicated situation, and one that Katy is unfortunately in the middle of!
I liked all the aforementioned characters; I can't say they're going on my favourites list, but I liked them enough to care what happened to them. Obviously I don't condone cheating whatsoever, so that particular side to Katy and Matthew didn't impress me, but how Katy behaved later did go some ways to making up for that. Matthew never really sorted himself out to my standards, and I actually found him to be self-centred and completely oblivious to his loving, pregnant wife. Ben was my favourite, even though he's young, naive and not at all ready to be a father. Each of these characters are flawed, some ridiculously so (I'm looking at you, Matthew), but they muddle through and do their best.
Bloom's writing is easy and accessible and, despite the title, this book isn't all about sex and other such naughty things (there is some swearing though). It's a book about relationships and their complications, and would be suitable for the older spectrum of YA readers. It's funny, realistic, down to earth, and easy to see why it was an eBook bestseller. I'll definitely read more from this author in the future and, if like me you like to occasionally dip into adult women's fiction, or read it all the time, do put this one on your wishlists!