Let me explain my mixed feelings about I'm Glad About You. The book is so well written. The story hooked me on page three and I remained in a state of happy hookedness through the final sentence. I sucked this story down like an In-N-Out chocolate milk shake. HOWEVER, I feel it my duty to warn you (I'm referring to the general "you" aka my small yet dedicated audience) that this book is not for those looking for the perfect happy ending. I'm going to be honest . . . I loath sad endings. I have zero patience with them in television/movies and I'll just barely tolerate them in a great book. This ending wasn't necessarily tragic, but it definitely didn't tie up all the loose ends into a pretty bow for me either. In this case, I'll tolerate it, because the book was great.
Alison and Kyle are Midwestern on again off again high school sweethearts turned college sweethearts turned star crossed lovers. Alison takes off for New York in pursuit of stardom. Kyle struggles with his dedication to the Catholic faith and dreams of doing missionary medical work. Each chapter flip flops between their perspectives.
Theresa Rebeck's writing is just dead on. When she writes about New York I can sense the shabbiness of Alison's first apartment and the intellectual superiority of her wealthy, condescending friend. Rebeck manages to use a look and a sigh to conjure up an image of the most distasteful mother hauling her moderately ill child in to see Kyle at his pediatric practice. Rebeck never states the obvious. She uses thought processes, outfits, and surroundings to help the reader understand the delicate social undertones lying beneath the surface of her characters' stories.
I give this book five stars out of five. Read and enjoy.