Will You Won't You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky | Rating: ★★★☆☆
As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
Will You Won’t You Want Me is an ideal read for anyone going through changes in life and seemingly watching as life goes by you, wondering if you peaked in your teenage years. Our lead is a 28-year old woman by the name of Marjorie Plum who, once upon a time, was one of those girls in high school.
Those girls meaning a shining star–the popular one at the center of attention. Now, edging towards the end of her 20s, Marjorie is faced with new challenges in life as she adapts to adulthood and faces. Because of this easy-going admiration she had going in her teen years, she assumed it would carry on into her adult years and life would be much of the same.
Successful, well loved and so on. It’s a mistake we all make in believing that life can be consistent. The concept that nothing is predictable and things don’t always go according to plan is something that just about anybody can understand. This makes the story obtainable and realistic and overall a delight to see.
Marjorie and her coping mechanisms are pretty spot on for one thing. Some people won’t have a great time relating to her and that’s okay, it’s not bound to be everyone’s cup of tea, but there was something entirely intriguing about Marjorie because I felt myself in the grey area for her–not too different from me, not too similar and it was refreshing to know her.
I loved the growth we seen in her because we watched her go from one thing to another and when she got off her high horse and came down to reality, it was a pleasant thing to witness. I think the growth in Marjorie is what saved the novel for me. Which leads to the flaws…
But the thing is, it wasn’t always a good read. There were many moments that screamed problematic to me or made me scratch my head. Nora Zelevansky isn’t a bad author in any way, but sometimes her writing didn’t connect with me and because of this it took me a lot longer to finish this book than I’d planned.
I’m not kidding. It took me almost a month because some moments were just so blah for me that I kept looking away or putting it down or reading something else. It definitely took away from the good in the story and makes me cringe thinking about it.
As a whole, this book portrays a lot of growing up and finding yourself. We see romance and friendship and watch as life grabs our main character by the hair. We see her keep fighting and it’s pretty great. I think that this is one of those books that I’ll never pick up again but I appreciated a good amount from it and recommend you read it for yourself.
It’s possible you, too, will be put off on the writing from time to time or even the humor but if you stick through it, the outcome may be different for you. I sense a lot of discussion coming up for this one and a lot of debates.