2 out of 4 stars
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Three different people from three different parts of the world have one thing in common – their love for Adele. In My Trip to Adele by co-authors A.I. Alyaseer and R.I. Alyaseer, the authors use the British singer, Adele, as a driving force to shape their story.
Strong and independent Nadia longs for nothing more than to go on a trip with her ten-year-old son for the first time. Mysterious Elias desires to meet up with the woman he met years ago and cannot forget. Unsure Yaser is doubtful that his marriage can be saved. Adele’s songs have been a big part of their lives and they have lived through their share of unhappiness. Question is: will they be able to reach their destination – Adele’s concert in Verona, Italy?
Walking into this read, I tried to keep an open mind. The reviews are mixed and I did not want my mind to be swayed one way or the other prior to reading. Told in multiple perspectives, the reader is given a snapshot of the troubles within each character’s lives. From women views and struggles in the culture of Jordan to forced child prostitution in Morocco to the realities and temptation of Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, there were several aspects in this novel that were lacking. Of the three main characters, there wasn’t much development or big lesson that they learned. The reader also wasn’t given much background to some of the characters, leaving at least two of three flat and even irritating. It’s great to show that not every relationship is perfect in life, but when there are pages upon pages of arguments and complaints, then I tend to lose respect for the storyline in general.
The biggest disappointment in this read, though, was the ending. There wasn’t any resolution to the characters’ problems, leaving the reader guessing on the outcome to each of them. In addition, the whole last chapter felt rushed and a whirlwind of information. I also found it unfair to build up Adele’s concert throughout the entire read when only one of three characters actually end up attending. Due to this, Nadia, Elias, and Yaser never actually meet or connect in any way, which adds to my disappointment since I enjoy when multiple characters’ storylines converge in some way.
Due to lack of character development and plot holes, I give this read a 2 out of 4 stars. Perhaps those who really enjoy Adele may find it easy to ignore some of the above-stated issues. However, I wasn’t able to overlook them.
My Trip to Adele
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