When I first read this book I was in a bit of pickle and could relate so much to this book. However coming to write and edit this review a couple of years later was an interesting experience. I still loved it however, I think I loved it more as I have a whole new view point on it. Anyway I hope you enjoy this updated review!
Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?
When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?
In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …
Now when I first picked up this book it was one I had picked up and put down on several occasions because it turns out the names of the main characters and everything else about the story hit a little too close to home. I finally made the decision to read this book on my journey to and from a job I was covering for a week. However this time round I read it in just one sitting.
Evie’s story starts out her story by receiving a wedding invitation from George who she describes as her first love and first real crush, she says that even though they were never a couple, the moments that they had made her believe in true love and now he’s getting married. I personally think that someone who had a major impact on your life no matter how young you were at the time warrants a little sadness when that chapter in your life closes. George to her was who she always pictured herself with but in all honesty, as the story goes on you can tell she never really believed or thought this would be the case it just offered her a sense of security and comfort. Therefore when she received the invite in the post in hit her like a ton of bricks.
This leads to her eating her body weight in ice cream and crying about it to her cousin. (Again way to close for comfort).
Side note, cousins sometimes just end up making some of your best friends, I have had many an occasion where I felt the only person I could talk to without any judgement was my cousin and I am forever grateful for this beautiful human being. I know you will read this so thank you for always having my back and being there for me no matter how random the situation. I am lucky enough to be able to write this about two people this year one who is my cousin through blood and one well one she is my cousin through marriage (practically) and well her crazy ass is stuck with my crazy ass so god help them.
Evie then finds her little black book where she has written about every boy she has ever kissed, and her cousin tells her it may be a good way of finding out where she went wrong. She goes and visits all of the people she has ever kissed to see whether they could help her see where she was going wrong.
Along the way, she meets Jake, the brother of a woman who lived in the house one of the guys she kissed. He was there babysitting his niece Alice. Throughout the story, he becomes of high importance as the more time she spends with him the more she finds herself not wanting to continue finding the old guys. As their relationship blossoms, she goes off to Ireland to find one of the guys and Jake, as well as her cousin, goes with her.
The last guy she speaks to turns out to be married to his partner and explain that he, in fact, was gay. This conversation hit me the hardest not because of the scenario but because they both decided to go for drinks and that led to a heartfelt conversation where he told her it was never her, he messed up and it was hard for him to open up about it but he knows that they will be good friends always. Sometimes, I think we lose the importance of friendship trying to keep up with the modern world, where everyone is trying to portray the perfect life.
After an unfortunate accident, Evie decides that her relationship with Jake although uncertain was too good to not give it an opportunity. Despite the opinions of other people for once she decided to put her happiness first and took him as her date to George’s wedding.
It turns out that no matter what the situation, everything happens for a reason, I do not want to spoil the end of the book but let me just say it was a tearful ending. Happiness and sadness all at once.
Evie’s Little Black Book is a brilliant romance novel that you can’t help but read cover to cover. I highly recommend this to any hopeless romantics and those who maybe have a situation they can not find closure in. I promise you this book will help you realise your worth.
The thing is sometimes you lose people in your life that you will come to understand that they were probably a lesson for you to learn and should firmly stay in the past.
Have you read this book yet? Have you got any situations like Evie’s you want closure on? Let me know in the comments.