The Landon series, book one
By Anna Todd
Read by: Jason Carpenter
Simon & Schuster Audio |
ISBN 9781442397934 |
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
Also available in print
I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Book 1 of a new series featuring After worldwide fan-favorite Landon Gibson as he leaves Washington to navigate love and life in New York City. At the end of the After Ever Happy, Landon got married—but readers everywhere have been wondering who will get to call the nicest boy in the After series their forever love? Read it and find out!
“I’m so excited for everyone to get to know Landon Gibson. Whether you’re just hearing about him or already know him from the After series, I know that readers are going to love his story. He’s kind and fiercely loyal, and when he falls in love, he loves hard.” (Anna Todd, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of the After series)
It’s too bad when I think a narrator does a great job but I can’t think favorably about the book.
I felt this book was about a college boy mansplaining his life and relationships with false humility. Maybe, I should say his humility felt false and too-good-to-be-true.
At first I thought he was a decent sort of chap, but in chapter after chapter he reveals himself as a guy who is just too nice, and who thinks he is really a straight up fellow. But, he is cloying in his decency. He is too good to be true. A male Snow White in NYC.
So, Landon is an “aw-shucks” Mr. Nice-Guy who acts like he’s just super normal but, because we are reading/ listening to his tale first-person-immediate, what I think of as omniscient angel-on-the-shoulder point of view it feels more like he is insincere in his declamations about what a nice guy he is: Moved to NYC to be with his girlfriend who broke up with him – But he just wants her to be happy; He gets along well with his stepfather, and his mom is pregnant and he is so excited about meeting his little sister. He doesn’t even mind babysitting his co-worker’s little sister!
I just kept thinking, “Seriously – when is he going to rescue a kitten from a tree?”
I guess it works as a satire, but I don’t think satire is the author’s aim.
I could hardly believe the author had written such an “LL Bean Catalog Boyfriend” for a character with a straight face. He’s just too perfect – not totally into his physique, but in-shape, sincere, honest, helpful to friend and stranger alike. Yawn.
No man is unflawed, and no person is this perfect in his or her heart and mind. He’s a freaking saint – but who wants to date a saint?
And, then the end was a total non-starter (or non-ender?) for me; it wasn’t a resolution but neither was it a cliff-hanger. It just kind of lay there and I honestly didn’t get it.
I felt it was a story about a a ” I think I am too good to be true” suck-up. It was not, however, for me. Not. At. All.
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.annatodd.com/