Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review of The Two of Us by Andy Jones

The bit on the back…

If you loved One Day and The Rosie Project, you will fall head-over-heels for The Two of Us.
Falling in love is the easy part. What matters most is what happens next...

Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail. Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story.

The Two of Us is a charming, honest and heart-breaking novel about life, love, and the importance of taking neither one for granted.

Firstly thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this title for review. I had already seen so many good things about this book on Twitter so I was excited to get started with it.

To be honest I tend to read books written by female authors. That’s not to say that I’ve not read books written by male authors, there are just far fewer of them on my “read” shelf on Goodreads. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story but I am so, so glad that I’ve read it.

First of all I loved that this was from Fisher’s POV. From the beginning I could imagine Fisher clearly in my mind and felt like the narrative had a truth and realism to it that made it really easy for me to invest myself in his story. Fisher is sort of neurotic and he questioned the actions and the things other characters said to the nth degree in parts of the book which would be annoying if he wasn’t equally self-deprecating and charming. This very much felt like an honest account of life in a relationship and it was refreshing to see it all from a man’s POV.

Fisher and Ivy are experiencing their own love story in reverse. I love that it went against the usual formulaic plan you can expect from love stories. The story didn’t take quite the turn I was expecting and that’s down to Andy’s skill as a writer. Without giving any of the plot away there were a few chapters that were some of my favourites – the ones made of only a few, impactful words which added another element to what was already shaping up to be a great read for me.

The title is a bit of a misnomer in that it could mean more than one set of characters making up “the two of us”. Alongside Fisher and Ivy’s story is a subplot featuring Fisher’s best friend El. El’s life is very different to Fisher’s. In many ways his life was juxtaposed with the direction Fisher’s was going in throughout. The story is very bittersweet and emotional; make sure you have your tissues at the ready.

I read somewhere that Andy felt that at times The Two of Us was emotionally exhausting to write and work on. The novel is testament to the obvious huge amount of effort and heart and soul that was poured into it. This is one that I will keep on my shelf whether to re-read or to simply smile at the memory of it when I see it in passing. Incredible, well done Andy.

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