Monday, November 10, 2008

Like Glass

Like Glass by Matthew Cory

What was this book about?

Rob, a struggling musician finds the love of his life in Janet. She is everything he could ever have wanted – and he can tell this within just a few days. He can’t expect what happens next when he introduces her to his brother Bill. A night of mistakes leads to a lifetime of regret for all parties.

Rob decides to wash his hands of all of them – his brother, his ex, and instead focuses on some other part of his life. He neglects them all until a tragedy forces them back together. Rob is forced to take note of his life and how it got to where it is. How all of them made mistakes that they must now live with. Can Rob forgive his brother? Can he forgive himself? How does this all affect his family dynamic? What could have been is long gone – can they live with what is left?

What did you think about the book?

Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down. I very much enjoyed looking at a relationship between a man and a woman from the man’s perspective. Many books (at least that I have read) that are more about the pain of dealing with a family and a love interest are written by women about women – showing mainly their point of view. This is a fun look at the other side of the story.

I must say that when it got to a certain point of the book I was a little lost. I didn’t know if it was flash forwards, flash backs, things just happening in his mind, dreams etc. Eventually it all became clear to me – but for me that was a little disconcerting.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Life isn’t perfect and neither are people and being able to address maybe where you went wrong or where someone else went wrong and forgive them is something we should all have.

What genre would you consider this?

Family Dynamics



Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Interesting that you liked that this is from the man's point of view. I was reading some publishing industry person recently who said that no one wants to read this sort of thing.

Glad to see you disagree. I have a feeling you're not the only one who will! (especially since I'm firmly there with you, so that makes two...)

Anonymous said...

Can't read the! I have it for an upcoming chat and I want to be surprised. Hope you will join us when we have it. I think it's on the 15th. You are welcome to co-host. :) Let me know and I'll gladly add you. We have three bloggers. For these things, it's the more the merrier.

Book Maniac said...

Because I read so much I just like to see something different every once in a while. And for me this was definitely one of those books.

But I can also can see that some people have a bias against books like this written from the male perspective.