Q: A (TIMELESS) Love Story By Evan Mandery [Review]
In Evan Mandery’s novel Q: A (TIMELESS) Love Story, the main character (whose name we never know) finds the girl of his dreams. Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, daughter of a well off construction firm owner, is the counterpart to our hero.
She’s cute, sweet, and they have everything in common that young lovers could. Likes, dislikes, the list is endless. Q is supportive of his writing, and even pushes him to publish a second novel despite that his first has all but failed.
It seems that everything is perfect. Then, just weeks before the wedding, the man receives a strange message from his future self. Yep, you read that right, and THAT is what made me initially interested in Q: A (TIMELESS) Love Story. Who doesn’t want to know what your future self would say to the young you? If I could go back and tell young me about all the mistakes and screw ups I would make, I’d JUMP at the chance!
However, in Q: A (TIMELESS) Love Story, this works in theory, but not in execution. Older self tells younger self that he must not marry Q. Things just end badly. Older self doesn’t really go into why younger self can’t marry Q, which (understandably) annoys younger self.
The story within the story became boring after a while, the hiding things from Q became (I felt) out of character for the man, and the characters were NOT well developed. I didn’t care at all if Q and this guy ended up together, if her garden wilted, if his book sold.
While I appreciate the effort from Mandery, his writing style was just not what I like. It didn’t hold my interest, and frankly, I felt DUMB as I was reading it. I don’t like my books to be dumbed down, intelligent and smart novels are a one of my favorite things. However, I felt that Mandery was stretching to APPEAR smart, instead of just allowing the words to flow.
Q: A (TIMELESS) Love Story was a hard read, not that great, and even the love story was one that I could take or leave. And I’m the girl who’s favorite movie is The Princess Bride. Disappointing is the word that comes to mind when I think of Q: A (TIMELESS) Love Story.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Original Edition | Pages: 368 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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