When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here. (Warning: Small spoilers.)
The title for this book alone made me intrigued. It also made me laugh so I was looking forward to reading it. From the first page, I was pulled into the story. The writing style made it so easy to read and so before I knew it, I’d been reading for a while and not realised that time had passed (when I should have been sleeping. I blame this book for a want to snooze at work. Haha.)
I did think that the main character dying at the beginning would put a downer on the story but Kate Winter writes with such warmth and humour that I found myself laughing out loud in many places throughout the book.
Rosie is unusual in that from the offset, she’s dead. The point of view is quite unique in that respect. She is likeable, funny and relatable and I liked her from the beginning and this kept me turning the page as I wanted to find out what happened to her.
I loved Charles. He is a lovely hero and the story is so bittersweet as you know that, despite the fact that the promise of love is there with him, you know that it is too late. Jenny was a lovely best friend and, like with Rosie, I felt sorry for her and what she had been through prior to the story starting. I did not like Jack. He is a great character if you love to hate him.
The plot has a good pace. There was comedy, romance and mystery. Kate Winter does not reveal all the information straight away. She implies that there is history when it comes to the characters but you don’t find out everything all at once and this certainly appealed to me plus she doesn’t immediately reveal how Rosie died and who killed her.
I absolutely loved The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP.) I was a little sad that it had to end (a little cliched but that’s the truth.) It’s perfect for sunny days and holiday reading and it has a very cute cover too.
(The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is published by Sphere. It’s available to buy now as an e-book and will be released in paperback on 21st May 2015.)
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