The Park Bench Test - Sarah Lefebve
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Harper Impulse via NetGalley
Blurb: How do you know when you’ve found Mr Right?
Aspiring journalist Becky Harper loves her boyfriend Alex, but she doesn’t think he’s Mr Right.
Her best friend Emma doesn’t believe in Mr Right – she’s just looking for a man who will stick around longer than her dad did.
Katie has found her Mr Right and is planning her September wedding with her two best friends.
The Park Bench Test follows Becky Harper or B as she is known to her friends as she dumps her boyfriend Alex after he proposes to her. Why? Because she knows he's not her Mr Right. How? She doesn't know, she just knows. So she packs herself up, quits her boring Job and moves to London to try become a journalist.
I have to be totally honest here and say I struggled with this book a lot. It felt like it was never ending! I was on chapter 26 and thinking to myself when is this going to get to the actual point of the book? A few chapters on it does start picking up and you start enjoying it, then it gets boring again. The quotes at the beginning of every chapter, well almost every chapter are extremely off putting and in the short time the book actually does get exciting you get thrown from a quote and it spoils it for you. I know what you're all thinking. Why read them then? Why not just skip past them? Well I can't. I am fussy and I have to read everything in the book always. Moving on, it does actually pick up again near the end and it becomes quite good. It's just a shame it took so long to get there.
The best part of The Park Bench Test for me were the Characters and Sarah Lefebve deserves credit for that. She has given us a complete mishmash of characters and they woke the book up drastically. I adored Becky's friend Katie she is so lovely and made me smile. Her other friend Emma, however, had a bit of an attitude problem, but then we all have that friend don't we? Together they make a lovely combo and it's fun to read when they're together. I also enjoyed reading about everyone's take on how you know when you have found Mr Right I actually giggled at some!
Mr Right. Mr Strong. Mr Wrong.
Read it and you'll get the connection to that sentence :)