Reviewed: “What Might Have Been” by Matt Dunn

What Might Have BeenThis book started out with potential. It did not live up to it’s potential.

The main character of the story is Sarah. Sarah is thirty-something American woman working in hedge funds in London. Author Matt Dunn is British. As a thirty-something American woman, I’m kind of insulted by the stereotypes Dunn uses to write Sarah. Apparently to Dunn, and maybe other British people, American woman are finnicky, flighty, and prone to sleeping around when we’re not getting drunk.

Sarah is mourning her father’s death by dating her boss, only after her totally pestered her into it of course. At a jazz club, she meets Evan, a one-hit boy band wonder who plays the sax, and sleeps with him.

Dunn believes in love at first sight because Sarah and Evan decide that one night of awesome sex, they decide they are meant for each other. This, like Dunn’s opinions of American women (he actually writes at one point that all American women date two men at once to figure out who they like better), is not believable.

When a music tour takes Evan away for a year, Sarah “moves on” in part because she’s mad he didn’t stay around for her… after one night of sex and a lunch in the park!!!

I quit the book at 50% because Sarah and Evan’s independent inner monologues, extremely lengthy even as they walk from one side of a room to the other, were making me skim. I was also bored with them having the same conversation over and over.

If the end up together at the end of the story, good.

If not, oh well.

It’s not the book for me.

(I received a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review will be cross-posted at NetGalley, Goodreads, and my blog.)

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