In a nutshell

Charlotte Regan is a bipolar counterfeit artist under court-ordered psychotherapy who gives guided tours at the Museum of Art. It is there she meets Aldo Damiani, a doctoral student obsessed with time travel. Where Regan is chaotic, impulsive, and rash, Aldo lives a life of careful routine. They agree to meet for six conversations, six conversations where they learn about the inner workings of each other – six conversations that have the power to alter their lives and the framework they exist in.

Book Club Notes

This novel begins structured like a play – with a narrator, scene, props and action all spelled out. It was this beginning that threw me off, I found those little lines telling you what was happening to be distracting. I prefer stories that are told in a way you know what’s happening without it being spelled out, stories where your imagination gets to connect the dots between action and scene. I wasn’t the only one, after sharing my initial thoughts on Instagram, I got a message from someone reading the book who also was struggling to enjoy this format. Luckily for both of us, that structure was short lived; but still it was not a book I loved. It felt like being stuck inside the mind of for lack of a better description, a mentally unwell person. However, if you consider that the main protagonist, Regan is bi-polar the fact that I felt crazy reading it, makes the writing quite brilliant. I understood it more when reading the author notes. I often find that after reading author notes about the book they wrote – why they chose the subject, the location and their own story (which often gets layered into their work of fiction) – I have a new appreciation for the book. Olivie Blake is open with her own mood disorder; she wrote this book in a frenzy after her prescription ran out. After reading that I understood how she was so perfectly able to capture the personality and mind of someone with a mood disorder.    

Having read The Atlas Six I am beginning to see a thread in Blake’s writing – conversations of mathematics, physics and time. Characters who are philosophical and talk in circles using big words to a point you’re not quite sure what they’re actually saying. This all being said, while I found the book intriguing and very much wanted to know how it all ended, I didn’t really care for it and don’t see the love in the ‘love story’. It didn’t captivate or touch me in the way it has so many others.  

Read If

You’re an Olivie Blake fan and have read The Atlas Six, have a fascination with the concept of time and existential crises.

Rating

2
Storyline – 4/10
Writing – 4/10
Character Development – 3/10
Plot Twist – 0/10
Shareability – 1/10
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2.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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