So this is a review by my friend, Rebecca King! I will be having other people beside myself reviewing books as I've got a job now and won't be able to review books every week!
So check out this review and check out the book if you haven't read it already!
‘Q: A Love Story’ – Evan Mandery
I’ll tell the truth, the factor of the novel that pulled me towards this book in waterstones was the front cover; a black background with a lovely big ‘Q’ on the front in floral print.
‘In Q, Evan Mandery has fashioned an epic love story on quantum foundations. The novel wears its philosophical and narrative sophistication lightly: with exuberant, direct and witty prose, Mandery brings an essayist’s poise to this fabulous romance. And, finally, Q has an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.’ – blurb.
The novel follows the unnamed protagonist and narrator opens to novel delving into his feelings for Quentina – Q – and is blissfully happy; until an unexpected visitor (to say the least) comes to our hero and tells him he must break things off with Q. He then begins his journey of self-discovery and confusion.
After reading this novel, I looked up reviews to gather other opinions, and one that stuck out to me was Carrie Hope Fletcher’s. She claims that to fully appreciate this novel you had to have a ‘fully philosophical mind’, which I half agree with. In my opinion, the genre of this book ranges from romance to sci-fi then back to romance again. I will not post any spoilers as I found that sometimes, reading this book, I stopped and thought; how does this relate to anything at all? Which you will understand if you give it a go.
One thing I will say about this novel though, is whilst reading Q, I was slightly unimpressed and bored, and it can be a little bit difficult to plough through at parts. But please do not put this book down because the ending will change your opinion completely. It transforms this general love story into an incredible soul-searching masterpiece that truly makes you stop and think. The review on the cover hints at this;
‘A word to the tear-prone: Don’t attempt to read the ending in public’ – New York Times
It is a beautiful, clever novel. It is a story about love but the love appears only briefly in the story; but somehow, his love for Q manages to remain a constant throughout. If you are looking for a read that will have you stop and think about life and fill you with a warm fuzzy feeling as you turn the final page, definitely give Q: A Love Story a go.