This Is Gonna End In Tears – ARC Book Review

Title:- This is Gonna End In Tears

Author:- Liza Klaussman

No. of pages:- 362 pages

Date published:- will be published on 7th July 2022

Genre:- Historical Fiction


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall:- 4/5

Growing up, it was always the three of them: Miller and Olly and Ash. They stuck together, like they were keeping a secret. They needed each other. As teenagers, they drove to LA, lived in a ramshackle place on the beach in Malibu, set up a record label. They were successful, best friends and Olly and Miller fell in love. Before it fell apart, it was beautiful.

Then Olly stopped looking at Miller the way he used to. Miller spent a night with Ash, which turned into a marriage. And Miller and Ash came back to Wonderland, the tidal island of sugary painted houses they’d run away from. Now Miller’s forty and she feels like she’s disappearing. She wears her tinted sunglasses so often sometimes she forgets the world isn’t green. Ash is having an affair with a helmet-haired tv presenter and Olly’s career is over. Olly doesn’t want to think about what he was going to owe, what any of them owed, to each other. But after everything that has happened, Wonderland is the only place it makes sense for him to go.

Over a long, hot summer of Chardonnay and Chicken, Olly, Miller and Ash try to work out what it is that exists between them. They’re so consumed with their love, losses and longing and the possibility of a redemptive third act, they barely notice what’s going on between Miller’s son, his best friend and the girl who lives next door.

Some summers are spent yearning for something to happen, others are charged with the terrifying, exhilarating, feeling that everything is going to change. Welcome to Wonderland.

If you like Taylor Jenkins Reid, then this book will be perfect for the fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid.

The story is centered around three people–Ash, Miller and Olly. They were inseparable as friends but soon, their friendship turned sour and got separated in their own ways. Ash and Miller got married and is leading a wedded life in Wonderland with their son Nate. But the three friends reunite again when Miller who is now in her forties realize that her marriage wasn’t great and Olly comes back into their lives after getting fired.

The story is set in the 1980’s and 1950’s when the three were thick as friends. so it was kind of great reading a story set in the 1980’s. Initially, this book started out a little boring but by the middle of the book, it got interesting. The story is realistic, talking about the complex relationships and the lifestyles. The writing was great and the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story. I actually enjoyed reading this book. There’s a great storyline and the characters are also great as well.

Overall, this book worth four stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Liza Klaussmann worked as a journalist for the New York Times for over a decade. She received a BA in Creative Writing from Barnard College, where she was awarded the Howard M. Teichman Prize for Prose. She lived in Paris for ten years and she recently completed with distinction an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, in London, where she lives. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville.

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