When film projectionist Nick meets Ellie at a party for the 2008 presidential election, he’s sure that he has finally found a love like in the movies. But after four picture-perfect years together, Ellie has moved out and Nick is left trying to figure out where it all went wrong.
This was a very sweet story, following the build up and break down of Nick and Ellie’s relationship. The story is told through two simultaneous time-frames, with chapters alternating between the night Nick and Ellie first met, and then in the months following their break up. There are also a few ‘intermissions’ in which Nick reveals the truth about the break down of their relationship, which I felt was a very effective way of telling the story.
I liked Nick’s narrative voice. He is a mostly likeable and very flawed character, making him believable with realistic thoughts and actions. The plot is true to life and quite raw at times. You can really believe that these could be real people in the real world.
I also really enjoyed the ending of this book. Nick went through a lot of personal growth throughout the story and this was told really effectively. I won’t say too much, to avoid spoilers, but I thoroughly appreciated the ambiguity of the ending and that the author didn’t feel the need to spell it out explicitly.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.