Book Review: What If?

What If? by Shari Low

Rating: 5 out of 5.

1999.



Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Right.
But there is a problem:
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.

On a mission to discover if she walked away from her ‘happy ever after’, Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.

Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye?

What If? by Shari Low is a nice, funny book. The story alternates between Carly reflecting on her past loves, and going off in search of all her previous Mr Wrongs to find out if they were actually her Mr Right. From the beginning I was entertained and excited to see where Carly’s adventures would take both me and her.

What If? is a hilarious novel that had me both sympathizing with Carly and finding her just a tad annoying. She had a variety of different love interests throughout the story, though none had ever quite worked out for a whole range of reasons. I loved The concept of Carly traveling around the world in search of her old flames to find out if she had been right to leave them behind in her younger years.

The first part of the novel introduces each of the love interests, how they met, and how and why they split up. Later the novel moves to 1999, and Carly (experiencing a millennium life crisis) prepares for her globe trotting adventure, planning to track down each of her previous boyfriends and fiances in a chronological order. None of it is smooth sailing of course, which just adds to the humour in the book.

Interestingly, the book never felt repetitive. Each of the boyfriend’s stories were completely different and the tracking down of said male love interests were all just as varied, though some of the outcomes were a little more predictable than others.

I adored Carly’s group of friends, who all assist in the madness despite their own complicated and busy lives. They weren’t always approving but they were always supportive which is an aspect of the book that I loved. This book seemed to be as much about friendship as it was about the love interests and world traveling adventures.

This book is set in 1999 (I was 11), so social media and smart phones was not something Carly had at her disposal, which does work in this book’s favour. And Carly is exactly the flighty kind of person that would throw everything she had into this kind of crazy adventure. I am definitely not that exciting as a person, so I both admire and cringe at some of the things Carly does, but ultimately it does make for a rather good read.

All in all, this is a fabulous book to read if you are in need of a chuckle (and just a smidge of eye rolling).

Have you read What If? Let me know your thoughts!

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