Swimming Upstream by Ruth Mancini (Review By Amy)


***Review From Amy Conley For The Nerd Girl Page***
“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”

Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events. Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find her true direction in life. Little does she realise that her life is about to take another shocking twist… and that the consequences will be enormous.

Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous story about a young woman’s pursuit of happiness. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.

Described as “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “The Last Weekend”, Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes (“Me Before You”), Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”), Nick Hornby (“How to be Good”) and Blake Morrison (“The Last Weekend”).

My Review:
When I read the blurb for this book I was all excited to get started because it sounded like a really good book that I would enjoy unfortunately that was not the case and it saddens me to have to write this review because I always try to hold out hope for every author and their books. The book started off good and had promise but somewhere along the way it lost direction I felt like the focal point became too much on the other character’s and what they were doing and not the main character herself. There was a lot of flipping back and forth at the beginning of the story from present to past and the scenes didn’t flow well into each other I found myself getting confused.. I felt some scenes dragged on a little bit too long and were more descriptive than they needed to be and find myself skipping ahead so I could feel like I was back on track with where the story needed to take me by the time i got to the ending i was still left confused and not sure what the story was suppose to be about.


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