Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Review: The Square by Rosie Millard

The Square
Written by      Rossie Millard
Published on  August 1st, 2015 by Legend Press
Genre             Women's Fiction

Jane has the ideal life: a loving husband, beautiful house and delightful son. Her fashionable dinner parties are perfect - and so are her secret assignations with her neighbour's husband, Jay.

From Tracey and her ‘New Money’ lottery winnings to eccentric artist Philip and his pornographic portraits, the residents of North London's most privileged enclave The Square are a very satisfied bunch.

To raise money for communal fencing, the Residents' Association decides to hold a Talent Show, produced by Jane and hosted by TV celebrity Alan Makin. But when the show lurches into public disarray, reputations are shattered and everyone has to learn to live with a far less glossy reality than before.

Phew! Just finished a soap opera, Season 1 and wondering why on earth I watched it. Right, that's exactly how I feel after reading 'The Square' by Rossie Millard. This book sounded like a comedy-drama inside my head. It has too many things going on inside, but I have to admit that the entire story was believable too, 'cause The Daily Newspapers say so. 

The Square is the debut novel by Rossie Millard, who is a British journalist and broadcaster. It is about a group of proud residents in a 'seems-like-posh' residential area. There lives Jane, who has everything she wishes for; a beautiful house, loving husband, adorable son, financially strong, an enviable body shape and an affair with the neighbour's husband too. Tracy's family moved into the Square after winning a lottery, but they are struggling to meet the ends now. Philip and Gilda hardly mingle with anyone in the society. They organise a Talent Show for the fundraising programme and it brings drastic changes in everyone's life.

I hate that itchy 'everyone-read-it-but-not-me' feeling. So, when I found many of the Blogger's review on this book, I added it in TBR. I was happy when the NetGalley approved me a copy of it. The description promised me an exciting read, but it didn't meet my expectations. An easy, quick read and each chapter is described from a character's perspective, thus it was easy to get into their shoes and analyze them. Even though, I did not click with any.'Schadenfreude' is the best word to describe them all. They forget their own predicaments in their neighbour's misfortunes. Apart from that, it is full of extramarital affairs.This novel reminds that "how people SEEM to live is completely different from how they ACTUALLY live". 

My favorite characters are 'Boy' George, an innocent child and Roberta, his Piano Teacher. I was glad when everyone appreciated George on his performance at the talent show.Rossie Millard leaves us with the hints to wonder what would have happened in their lives at the end or maybe, there will be a sequel. I am giving this book a 3.5 star; .5 stars for George, .5 stars for Roberta and 2.5 stars for the story. 

My Rating: 3.5/ 5 (It is Okay)
Happy Reading!

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