Melody


Gallery Books | January 2018 | 336 pgs
Source: Library


Eve is a dreamer. She is also quirky, sensitive to emotions, likes having fun with her girlfriends and a worrier, too. She finds herself attracted to a guy in class due to his poetic charms and his talent in song writing and they hit it off quickly. They continue their relationship even after they graduated from Columbia University but both are brought down by the harshness of reality as Jesse struggles with his music band and Eve finds herself miserable with his hot and cold treatment and on top of that, the dread of him being caught as a drug runner. Their relationship finally ended but Eve still feels she is missing something in her life.  

Ben is an engineer who likes order and facts. He is a man of few words but that doesn't mean he has no opinions and ideas. He is usually calm unless something annoys or irritates him. He knew Eve when they were both students at the University but they were never close and there were no sparks between them as they have no common ground. But fate is a strange thing and they find themselves crossing paths again and again. Their friendship gradually leads to a connection they've not thought before, but it is fragile as Ben later finds out the truth regarding their parents' life-and-death encounters during the 9/11 attacks. However, Eve has this trust issue which stemmed from her unhappy tween years and one can say she is a pessimist. Adding her clashing personality with Ben's, she doesn't think they've a future and thus she finds herself destructing the relationship she has with Ben.  

Part coming-of-age and part romance, this book chronicle two different people's meeting and their falling in love. We first follow Ben and Eve in their 20s and we learn about their ups and downs as youths and thereafter the challenges in life and work as adults. Truth be told, I never felt a connection with Eve throughout the book while Ben, who seemed insignificant and non-existent from the beginning grown on me instead. The story was simple and common enough, but Ms. Cohen has a way of writing that will draw you in to her characters and into their stories. I'd have liked this story more if not because of Eve (she got on my nerves) and that being said, I'll still look forward to Ms. Cohen's next release.  



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10 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    It’s strange when you end up connecting to a character you didn’t think you would. I’m glad you liked it.


  2. Lark Says:

    What a great title! And at least you liked Ben. :)


  3. Iliana Says:

    This sounds cute and I think would make a good "beach" read. When you are just looking for some light entertainment.


  4. Melody Says:

    Jenny - Yes, isn't it?


  5. Melody Says:

    Lark - It's a good thing that there's at least one character who interest me, ha.


  6. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Yes, I think it'd make a good "beach" read. :)


  7. jenclair Says:

    I really like it when a character that I might dislike or dismiss eventually turns out to be a favorite. I like the cover of this one!


  8. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I like the cover, too. I also think the title is eye-catching.


  9. It can be hard when you don't care for one of the main characters--one you are meant to like. Like you, I do like the cover of this one at least!


  10. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Indeed. Lately I've been reading books featuring unlikeable characters so maybe that's why I'm getting a bit tired of it.