Are you fed up of being sensible? Being a good girl? Well then, I have the book review for you. Just one word of caution: the crazy life is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Sensible by Daisy Burton brings up back to 1995 and 27-year-old Jessie Monroe. Jessie is newly separated and is ready to shake off the “sensible” tag she’s carried around her entire life. She’s recently discovered the Internet and is excited about what it can bring her – sex, love, adventure. If only she knew in advance the hardship it can also bring.
I think the most attractive part of Sensible is that the majority of readers can relate to mundane life. This is especially the case around our late twenties where we often find ourselves growing into a new person and questioning our place in the world. In that regard, I liked Jessie for stepping outside her comfort zone and attempting to live her life the way she wanted.
However, as the book progressed, I found myself disliking Jessie. She had no regard for others’ feelings and, in my opinion, herself. I found her frustrating and if I was her friend Sallie, I would have given her a hard smack. On the flip side, it made the story interesting on another level. Some readers will see the romance element of Sensible but I, on the other hand, read through the pages waiting for Jessie to get her comeuppance. Another way of looking at the story but I enjoyed it.
It was interesting to experience the accessibility of the world and different people through email and the excitement of it all definitely shone through Jessie. As a lot of the dialogue took place via email, great chunks of the book were emails sent back and forth. Sometimes this form was snappy but at other times it was a bit repetitive.
Overall, I found Sensible a fun read but lacking the overarching story I look for in a book. However, there is no denying it showed a new way to tell a story and if this review has piqued your interest I recommend checking it out.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.