Adena Halpern - Pinch Me
When Was It Released?: 19th July 2011
Where Did I Get It From?: Shida Carr at Touchstone kindly sent this to me
Who Published It?: Touchstone
After having my fair share of awful dates and men who have treated me badly, I was excited to read a novel based on the premise that the main character has to date these types of men because she is cursed. I am sure we have all at one time or another thought that we were cursed with our dating lives, therefore I was intrigued to find out how Adena Halpern would take this and turn it into a magical novel, in Pinch Me.
With this being my first taste of Adena Halpern’s writing I really enjoyed it. I loved the character of Lily, whom I found to be extremely likeable. I was routing for her to break the curse and find a way to be with Gogo again throughout the entire novel. I enjoyed the way the story is told from her point of view, giving us more insight into exactly how Lily is feeling. I particularly liked the characters of Selma and Dolly, Lilly’s mother and grandmother finding them to have moments of humour, especially the moment where Dolly builds a bonfire to roast chicken, and unconditional love. I usually don’t enjoy novels which feature magical elements and I was a little unsure that the curse would be pulled off. Adena Halpern proved me wrong. I found the entire storyline to be not only enjoyable but at times almost believable. If you read this with a pinch of suspension of disbelief the storyline becomes much more interesting and you will find yourself getting lost within the pages. The novel is also not as predictable as readers may think. Adena throws in lots of surprises that you will not seeing coming.
Overall I enjoyed my first experience of Adena Halpern’s writing. Adena’s novels are very similar to Cecelia Ahern, with the magical elements they bring to their storylines. I will defiantly be finding Adena’s previous novels to find out if I enjoy them just as much as I did Pinch Me. Two of her novels are going to be made into movies “29” and “The Ten Best Days Of My Life” so I will make sure I keep an eye out for these. Pinch Me is a beautiful fairytale which will take you on an enchanting journey from the first page to the last.