This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (303 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone.

Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?

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What’s a girl to do when her fiance has up and left for Paris without notice, her mom has spent the latter years depressed, her best friend thinks crystals are a cure for all and she quit her job due to her boss’s sexual advances? Annie’s answer is to alienate herself and swear off new people. But how long will this last when Harper moves in next door and she literally falls on top of handsome private investigator Mo?

Annie Mercer a twenty-seven year old scientist whose life seems to be going down hill fast shares her story through journal writing and emails. I think the author took a bold approach in telling the story this way. I was quickly won over as Annie’s story progressed. Annie is a character that drew me in. Her life’s in chaos but she makes the most with the small circle of people who surround her. I enjoyed seeing Annie’s growth as she tries to make sense of the madness called her life. For this I think she is a character that other female readers may find relatable. I started out feeling sympathy for Annie due to her current setback of circumstances. Lost, a recluse, hurt by people and ready to wallow in her pain. With the beautiful, mothering advice from my favorite character Ms. Viola, Annie kept calm during the bewilderment and emerged.

Annie’s relationships were safe but as she journals her story the two new people she meets, it helps her reevaluate herself and find her strength to write a better life. I never felt a connection between Annie and Jon. I’m not sure if the author planned it that way or if that’s just the circumstances of the relationship between the two. Annie’s light seem to shine on those she knew and she inspired them with her kind spirit. The space that Jon asked for wasn’t understood by Annie but I think in the end the space helped her see other possibilities for her life. I was proud of Annie’s stance in her August 10th email to Jon. Annie standing in the reality and pain and thinking of herself. Jon seemed to be a good guy but his actions were selfish and inconsiderate. He took the easy way out instead of using words to express to Annie how he felt about his career and other things at a time when Annie was left to deal with life after being sexually harassed and quitting her job.

I think Annie’s treatment of Leesa was a down trickle of her unhappiness, her sense of loss. I enjoyed the humorous parts of Annie’s observation of Harper and her excuse to work in the yard. The emails from the Oak Grove Neighborhood Associate were hilarious.

What I took away from this book is growth, friendships, and life delivers in surprising ways and if you’re willing to look for joy and open yourself to new possibilities, the end is not an ending at all.

This is the second book I’ve read by this author. She has a talent for writing books with humor that also give a story of real life drama. I look forward to reading other books she’s written.

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