The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scott

18382947What happens when you think you have it all, and then suddenly it’s taken away?

Willa Chandler-Golden’s father changed the world with his self-help bestseller, Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Life May Be Out of Your Control. Millions of devoted fans now find solace in his notion that everything happens for a reason. Though Willa isn’t entirely convinced of her father’s theories, she readily admits that the universe has delivered her a solid life: a reliable husband, a fast-paced career. Sure there are hiccups – negative pregnancy tests, embattled siblings – but this is what the universe has brought, and life, if she doesn’t think about it too much, is wonderful. – Goodreads

And then her husband tells her he wants them to take a two-month break. And then she is fired. And then her ex comes back into the picture.

I liked the idea of this story—after all, I’ve never read about a main character with a self-help guru for a father. Can you imagine the impact that would have on your life? That’s one of my favorite things about books—they put you in the shoes of someone different from you.

I didn’t like being in Willa’s sad, depressing, Switzerland shoes. Switzerland? Yes. At every corner she was constantly reminding the reader that she is Switzerland—the middle, mediocre, plain, nothing special…Switzerland.

The plot was very convenient. You’re in a marriage with the perfect, nerdy, hot man—but you’re beginning to pine for your ex-boyfriend, who wasn’t Switzerland. Boom. Out of the blue your husband wants a break and boom, your ex shows up.

This book just wasn’t for me. There were too many things that annoyed me. I continued on because it was a quick, brainless read—-but it wasn’t my favorite. I know a lot of people really love Scott’s work, but I’m not one of them.

I rated it a 2/5 on Goodreads.



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