Graeme Simsion is back with The Best of Adam Sharp

I adored Graeme Simsion's first novel The Rosie Project, so I was eager to get my hands on his newest book, The Best of Adam Sharp, which is part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

I adored Graeme Simsion’s first novel The Rosie Project, so I was eager to get my hands on his newest book, The Best of Adam Sharp, which is part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

Here’s the book cover blurb:

Two decades ago, Adam Sharp’s piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, an intelligent and strong-willed actress. They had a chance at something more―but Adam didn’t take it.

Now, on the cusp of turning fifty, Adam likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT. But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been.

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

Set to the soundtrack of our lives, The Best of Adam Sharp follows along with emotion and humor as one man looks back on his past and decides if having a second chance is worth the risk.

I adored Graeme Simsion's first novel The Rosie Project, so I was eager to get my hands on his newest book, The Best of Adam Sharp, which is part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

My thoughts on The Best of Adam Sharp

Relationships are messy, and love can be complicated. That pretty much sums up this novel. The beginning was a little clunky with with Adam reminiscing about his past affair with Angelina and contemplating his current life with Claire. The dry storytelling made it hard for me to feel invested in any of the characters, but a desire to know what happens next kept me turning pages.

Music and nostalgia are central themes, as Adam, a sometime pianist, examines his relationships through songs. While music in many ways acted like another character, I felt that the songs often got in the way of the story. This might partly be because I’m only vaguely familiar with the oldies but goodies playlist and don’t have an emotional connection to many of the songs mentioned.

My biggest issue with this book was the almost lighthearted look at infidelity. Both times Angeline comes into Adam’s life she is married and using Adam as a way to figure out her current marriage. It’s hard to root for the guy to get the girl when the girl is married and clearly using the guy she is having the affair with. Love can be complicated, and relationships can be very, very, messy.

In the end, The Best of Adam Sharp just wasn’t for me. It didn’t sweep me away with a sweet romance like The Rosie Project did, and Adams’ affairs just didn’t sit well with me. I will say that the book ended in a way that made sense for the characters, and that’s always a good thing.

What are you reading?

P.S. If you are looking for more book suggestions, don’t miss The one book everyone will be reading this summer: Into the Water!

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25 comments

  1. I’m ready a book out of my usual zone – Southern Most by Sarah Sadler, it was a free kindle download lol – so far it’s been the perfect light read for hanging outside with the kids! Interesting enough that I want to see how it ends! XO

  2. Sounds like a sweet book, but it’s not really the genre I’d typically read. Speaking of not what I’d typically read, I’m currently reading Everything, Everything as I want to read the book before I see the movie. P.s. — love your shoes.
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  3. Hmm light hearted infidelity? Well a man did write it, hahaha. Funny I am reading a book about infidelity, a mommy blogger who strays–once. And baby snatching. It is quite the read, I think it is called She Keeps Secrets or something as silly, but it is an entertaining engaging read.

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  4. I’m not overly into infidelity books unless the two relationships are awful to start with and need to be over. I am glad you gave your review though, it doesn’t sound like it’s for me.

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