The Flip Side: A Novel

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Josh is twenty-eight and ready for the next step in life. When his proposal on the London Eye does not result in becoming engaged, he also loses his job and moves back home with his parents to regroup. Since his decision-making skills haven’t gotten him anywhere in life, he decides to spend the next year flipping a coin to make all his choices. Surely, it can’t go any worse than what he’s done on his own.

The first chapter of this book is absolutely delightful. Vivid, witty, and funny, it set the bar high for the rest of the book. Unfortunately, those heights were never really seen again. While there are fun scenes and moments in the book, the overall narrative felt a little disjointed. Time passed abruptly and seemed more like popping in and out of scenes in Josh’s life, rather than moving toward a specific climax and resolution.

For being marketed as a rom-com written by a male, the love interest doesn’t appear until nearly 60% through the book. This is more a tale of a bumbler who’s doing a haphazard job of getting his life on track, with a little romance thrown in for good measure.

Overall, the book didn’t quite hit the mark, but it was a fairly amusing read anyway.

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Author James Bailey
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date 2020-Nov-17
ISBN 9781629727899 Buy this Book
Issue April 2021
Category Romance


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