The Decent Proposal | Book Review

I was doing so well at posting my weekly book reviews this year but somehow missed two weeks in a row. Oops. Blame weird schedules and sheer laziness on my part. Now with today’s post I’m almost caught up to what I’m actually reading, which means I need to start reading faster since a book a week isn’t always a reasonable expectation for this slow reading girl. Anyhow, let’s get to the review, shall we?

Months ago while I was browsing books at my local Indigo, I came across The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan. I liked the cover (I judge, no shame here), and after reading the synopsis I was intrigued. I also picked it because I don’t read that many novels by men (for instance out of all my reviews on the blog, only 8 books were written by men), and I want to expand my literary views.

The Decent Proposal tells the story of two strangers who are brought together, after being promised their share of a million dollars if they spend two hours a week together for a year, by an anonymous benefactor. I really enjoyed it from the beginning, finding myself relating to each of the characters on different levels and getting lost in the story and sincerely wishing it could be made into a film, because I think the story could be told really well on-screen.

While I really enjoyed the story as it began, I find myself feeling disappointed and wanting more development in the plot. The ending seemed rushed, and slightly disconnected from the rest of the novel. I feel like there could have been more to the story, especially as it was barely over 300 pages. But despite my issues with the way the last quarter of the book was written, I did like the ending and thought it was good, and I would read more from Donovan in the future.

Have you read The Decent Proposal? What are you reading right now? 

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