When I pick up a book to read by an author I’ve never heard of before, I try to keep an open mind, because I am certainly loyal to my favourites. However, as soon as I read the first few pages of Tracy Bloom’s novel, No One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday, I instantly felt as if I’ve been reading her novels for years. The tone was so relaxed and familiar that it made it very difficult to put the book down!
After reuniting at their high school reunion, childhood sweethearts Katy and Matthew ended up in bed together, after many things were left unsaid so many years ago. While sleeping together was a way to close the door on their relationship for Katy, her plan backfired when she found out she was pregnant. Under normal circumstances this could have been a joyous occasion, however Katy was in a relationship with Ben, a boyish teacher ten years her junior.
As first time parents do, Katy and Ben attended the antenatal classes held at their local hospital. But joy quickly turned to shock when fellow classmates turned out to be none other than Matthew and his wife Alison, who were expecting twins after many years of unsuccessful fertility treatments. To top it off, it appeared as if the bundles of joy were due to arrive extremely close together.
I really loved how I could feel the torn emotions of Katy and how she handled her relationships with both Ben and Matthew. I also had a few laughs at the comedic best friend of Ben, aptly named ‘Braindead’. And, with any good book there is the token gay best friend, and Daniel serves not only that purpose, but has an integral part in the book when both Ben and Matthew are not available when Katy goes into labour.
I simply can’t give away how this book ends, because you will be soaking up the words as fast as possible to find out what happens. And although I do prefer less of an abrupt ending, it did answer most questions that I had in my mind. I can’t wait to read Ms. Bloom’s latest novel Single Woman Seeks Revenge.
Thanks to InkWell Management for the book in exchange for an honest review.
Michelle Drodge is 28 and lives in a small town north of Toronto in Canada with her daughter, who is three going on thirteen. She works in Restaurant Development during the day, but moonlights as an aspiring writer after her daughter goes to sleep. One day she hopes to see her own book on the shelf alongside her favourite Chick Lit authors!
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