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ROSE McCLELLAND

 

The Year of No Rules (2017)

 

Sasha is dating therapist Kirk but not only is their relationship a long-distance one (she’s in Belfast, he’s in Dublin) but it is also rather temperamental. Sasha feels that Kirk is judgemental and always trying to change her, by listing out a series of rules for her to obey. He takes off several times because he doesn’t like the “vibe”.
After ten years of reviewing I have officially met my most disliked couple of all time. Sasha is the sort of character you’d tell your brother or son to steer well clear of; she’s ultra-needy and gets jealous over the stupidest things. I was gobsmacked when her age was finally revealed– 41! I’d pegged her as years younger.
Once things end with pain-in-the-arse Kirk, Sasha then takes another chunk of the book to get over him, before claiming she’s ready to get on with her life. Unfortunately getting on with her life in Sasha’s world doesn’t mean she gets out and does anything interesting – apart from a quick spot of dancing. Instead she tries online dating, where she complains about the shallow men who focus on looks, all while being shallow and appearance-focused herself. In addition to the awful lead characters and a storyline that stayed too firmly tethered to Sasha’s relationship woes, the style of writing wasn’t to my taste either. It’s a swipe left from me. 3/10

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