2 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
This is my review for the book My Trip to Adele by R.I.Alyaseer and A. I Alyaseer. The book is self-published by the two authors (sisters). I give the book 2 out of 4 stars.
My trip to Adele tells the stories of several different characters, connected by there plan to go to Adele’s goodbye concert in Rome, Italy. The characters live all over the world and have very different reasons to go to Adele, most of them related to their love life or their family and friendships. Throughout the book we read the stories of each of the characters the few months and weeks before the concert and we follow them to the concert.
The sisters Alyaseer write an fun novel that breathes their shared love for Adele. They skilfully mix different love stories and narratives with the lyrics and themes of Adele’s music. This is both interesting and refreshing, as well as recognizable as most of Adele’s songs are well known - as are the feelings and life events she sings about. Love, jealously, hardship, divorce, family, marriage, lust.. It all passes by in the different character’s lives. Throughout the book you live along with the characters and their preparation for their trip. Through skipping from character to character each chapter, the authors remain your attention and focus. The book has a closed ending with all characters finding their form of closure either before, during or after the concert.
The reason I only gave the book 2 out of 4 stars is that I sometimes found the narrative and fit to Adele’s songs too much forced. This feeling starts the first chapters with the lyrics at the end of each chapter. Every chapter ends with a few lines from Adele’s songs linked to the events that assed in the previous chapter. Sadly, I gave 2 stars mostly because the narratives itself feel too shallow and forced. As if the stories were written to fit the texts, instead of the lyrics beautifully (naturally) fitting the storyline as you would feel in daily life with Adele’s songs.
As the writers write so many narratives in one book, none of them is explored in detail and this superficiality damages the depth of the book. It’s easily readable and relatable, but the authors don’t go below the surface and lack depth to leave you with a clear morale or even redline at the end of it. All in all, it’s a nice relaxing read, but the stories are too scattered to really move the reader.
My Trip To Adele
View: on Bookshelves
Like aichalives's review? Post a comment saying so!