Review: The United States of Us by Kate Sundara

Title: The United States of Us

Author: Kate Sundara

Pages: 287 Pages

Publisher: Canelo

The Blurb

A heart-rending story of romance and self-discovery

This is a story about soulmates, not where it began, but where it needs to begin: twenty-two year-old Mia pressed against the forest floor by a man shielding her from the crazed bear bellowing in her ear. This is a story about love and the power of actions over words. A story of how one day can change everything.

Mia Hart’s childhood sweetheart, Robin, has been watching over her ever since his death. Haunted by the devastating incident that killed him, Mia spends three years travelling the world.

Discovering the island of Utopia, a retreat in the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea, Mia meets Zak, a dashing American musician. After a whirlwind romance, Zak asks Mia to come and live with him in the faraway Midwest. Swept up by infatuation and desperate to be free from Robin’s ghost, she accepts.

Braving a move to River Valley, a small town in the American wilderness, Mia soon discovers the fairytale Zak promised her is anything but. Worried she’s made a rash decision, but too proud to leave, Mia must confront her past before she can find true happiness.

Vivid, beautiful, and packed with unforgettable characters, The United States of Us is a riveting and intense tale of love, loss and letting go.

The Review

I did not enjoy reading The United States of Us. This is probably a really blunt way to start a review but The United States of Us was not the book for me.

Firstly, the chapters were far too long. I read this book on my kindle and it gives you an approximate time for the chapter to end. Most chapters were over an hour and a half long. I felt that due to this the story meandered along rather than creating any rise and fall of tension.

Secondly, the protagonist Mia was just unlikable. She was whiny and nothing made her happy. I understand that she was made this way by the events of her past but there was just no reprieve from her sullen nature. Then she was just so desperate to please Zak. Grow a bloody backbone, Mia.

So yes, The United States of Us was really disappointing.

The United States of Us by Kate Sundara is available now.

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