Synopsis

In a post 9/11 NewYork, Hariet – a recent graduate – struggles to find her place both in a city that she loves; a city that she has seen torn apart and put back together again with alarming speed but also in a post-baby boomer society.

Review

It was such a relief to pick up this book after a week reading books that didn’t enthral me. These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff could almost be a safety blanket book – one that all graduates should keep close by to make them realise that they are not alone in the feeling of being completely unsure of what you are meant to do with your life.

I know that even seven years after I graduated I still have those moments of blind panic. I think that is why this book touched me the way that it did.

The post 9/11 Ne York setting eloquently reflected the insecurities of Hariet and her friends. The parallel was delivered so powerfully through her actions – the obsession with Brenner and his family and their security, the frequent belief that New York would be attacked again and her sadness at potentially becoming a New York child cliché. It was delivered with such a unique voice that it made me actually very sad that this was Haimoff’s debut novel and that there is not a body of work available for me to read.

For me, Michelle Haimoff is definitely someone to look out for.

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff is available now.

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Synopsis

Amalia is living the dream; renting an apartment in New York (albeit a flat share), working towards her degree; she has great friends and a gorgeous boyfriend and plans to spend the summer in Brazil. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, falling for her friend Michael probably wasn’t the best idea. However, as she pushes her feelings for Michael aside the rest of her world crumbles around her. Her boyfriend Nick dumps her, she systematically argues with her friends and she starts neglecting her college work.

On the plus side, Michael starts showing her some attention…even though he has a girlfriend.

Will Amalia be able sort her life out?

Review

Firstly, let me say this book had a lot of potential. It has a classic storyline of girl-has-boy, girl-loses-boy, girl-finds-new-boy as she discovers something about herself. The problem is that I failed to care about the characters because the plot was undeveloped. Everything happened at warp speed and there was not enough processing time given.

For example, Amalia was completely in love with her boyfriend but then by the end of chapter one she was in love – not just was attracted to – another character. So whilst we are meant to believe that Amalia was in love with Michael she seems overly devastated when Nick breaks up with her. It was inconsistencies like this (and plenty of others) that made the book uncomfortable to read.

Besides this, the text was littered with silly spelling mistakes that broke my concentration. A reader should not spend time correcting the grammar of the writer.

Overall, the book had potential to be something light hearted and enjoyable, however, due to inconsistencies in the text I found it to be an underdeveloped story that needed much more work before publication.

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