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Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman – ⭐⭐

Recommended: nope
The romance line was bafflingly inconsistent, the main character is actually quite a judgy coldhearted bitch, and overall it reads as kind of cruel and unnecessary.

Artistically, I like the use of space here

Summary mostly from Goodreads:
In a fit of decluttering Daphne tosses the yearbook her dead mother bequeathed to her. But when it’s found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook’s mysteries—not to mention her own family’s—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.

You know, it’s sort of confusing how both of these statements can be true:
I enjoyed reading this book
This wasn’t a very good book

Lets first address that part up above about the MC being a judgy coldhearted bitch.
– judgy: getting all high and mighty about this woman trying to follow her dream making films, and particularly for being holier-than-thou that she’s doing so sponsored by her father
– coldhearted: it literally starts with her throwing away her dead mother’s treasured yearbook specially bequeathed to her, and thinking endlessly how her mom was a pathetic nutcase
– bitch: the whole time she’s going on about how her neighbor stole this yearbook from her when really, MC threw it away and neighbor grabbed it out of the trash. Then MC takes advantage at a super shitty moment to legitimately steal from Ms. Neighbor

The premise was intriguing, and the writing was entertaining, and I originally liked the main character because she felt modern and like someone I might meet around Boston. However, as the story went on, it just felt flat and seemed to lack much further development. Trying to paint the woman who stole the yearbook as some sort of villain was a weird move, particularly after she has an attack and we learned that she has a serious, problematic medical condition, to which the author responds by stealing from the woman’s house and saying she doesn’t feel bad at all and later insulting the women for using her father’s money to work towards success.

The romance was baffling. It was basically they meet, they bang, he starts dating another girl, then randomly they confessed that they loved each other all along. It feels like the author felt obligated to include some sort of love story, however half-assed, and borrowed from every rom-com ever.

It was a pretty quick read, which is probably why I didn’t really realize how meh it was until I was already done. This feels like a beach book or one that you take on a trip for reading on the plane and leaving behind when you get off the plane. You won’t care if it gets lost or ruined, because you won’t read or really think about it again.

Wow, and you know, the more I wrote this review and thought about it, the more I kept downgrading this book. First I thought 3 stars, since I was at least entertained by it, but now I’m at two because MC is actually a really terrible unlikable person (and not deliberately written that way), and popping that recommended from “nah” to “nope.” MC is an awful person.


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