Review: A year and six seconds: a love story

Why I picked it: I enjoyed Happens Every Day so much that when I saw that the author was writing 'part two' I wanted to read it. 

Synopsis: Isabel Gillies, the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Happens Every Day, now picks up where she left off in the true story of her valiant yet sometimes bumbling efforts to pick herself up after her husband leaves her for another woman and she is told by a friend it "happens every day."

It is winter when she arrives home in Manhattan, with her two young sons in tow. Her husband has left her, and she's forced to move back in with her parents until she can figure out what to do next.

Determined to feel strong, remain lovable, and be productive, she creates and tackles a staggering to-do list, starting with (and not necessarily in order of importance): get along with her parents in tight quarters; find a preschool spot for son mid-year in Manhattan; break down only in front of best friend and not in front of children; receive one great, romantic kiss.

She makes her lists, she dates, she cries, she and her whole crowded family get the flu; and then, just when Isabel least expects it, she falls in love. A Year and Six Seconds is a buoyant, real, romantic comedy with an uplifting message, reminding us that while we all struggle and stumble at times, somehow we can come out just fine on the other side.

Type: Memoir

Quick Take: This is the first time I have read a second memoir from the same author, a part two of sorts.  I did think about this before deciding to read this book but I enjoyed Isabel Gillies' first book I(Happens Every Day) so much I wanted to give this one a try.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as her first one but I think I understand why.  This memoir focuses on the first year after a separation/divorce, from having to live with parents to rebuilding a life.  These are not experiences I have had to endure (and I hope I never will). It's a bit repetitive for my taste.

That said, the author is a wonderful writer who kept me interested. 

Rating: 3/5 stars

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