It’s impossible to prepare someone for the news of a loved one’s death. But there are rules for such moments, and Mimi has seen them in action before. She’d tell you: don’t procrastinate. The person will already know something is wrong from your demeaner, from the fact you’re calling or visiting at all. We send countless signals without knowing. Their body will be preparing for an emergency. Use plain and simple language. Start by saying the person has died. This leaves no room for doubt. Don’t use euphemisms – like ‘past on,’ or ‘they’re in a better place now’. ‘Lost’ is particularly unhelpful – just imagine.Chapter 1, Page 2
In a nutshell
Brother and sister, Mimi and Art live together in their childhood home where they are bound by the tragic death of their parents. Art, a genius mathematician believes humans are incapable of making smart decisions especially when it comes to love. Mimi, on the other hand believes that matters of love can’t be decided by an algorithm. When Mimi decides to search for a soulmate, Art insists she uses a strict mathematical plan. She agrees until she meets Frank who doesn’t fit the algorithm and her budding romance threatens to tear the siblings apart.
Book Club Notes
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but as soon as I saw the cover of The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything I knew it would be a delightfully charming book I would adore. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.
This book has the quirk and charm that makes it enjoyable to read, but what makes it more than an enjoyable read is that it’s not a typical romance novel. In fact, I don’t know if I could call it a romance novel. It’s part mystery, part romance and a little drama. It’s got depth that makes it more than just a cute fluffy read and I loved that I didn’t (quite) know where the story was going and that I was excited to see how the story unfolded right until the very end.
You like quirky novels, easy reads with storylines that aren’t one dimensional and romance novels that aren’t just about finding love.
Writing – 10/10
Character Development – 10/10
Plot Twist – 5/10
Shareability – 10/10
The Nitty Gritty
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?