Up on the Roof by A.L. Brooks.
There is always a motivational rush when you are moving into a new apartment. It is the thrilling mix of possibilities, of bigger spaces, new decorations, and new neighbors. Everything about it can be exciting. A little scratch on an adjacent door while moving a big couch can surely put a dent in all the excitement. It is exactly what happens when clumsy Megan finally gets to her new apartment. She and her friend Jen are taking furniture and boxes inside and by misfortune, scratch the door of her new neighbor, Lena. The whole meeting could all have been a simple mishap in itself but sadly for Megan, Lena is a little over herself with all the cleaning in her life and order around her place, and the little scratch, along with a few of Megan’s unwanted mistakes and loud gathering make their relationship impossible.
They get the rug pulled from under their feet one day when a major storm hits town and Lena’s flat gets destroyed, leaving Megan in a delicate position of letting her unfortunate neighbor live in her apartment while the repairs gets done. Can their edgy relationship survive the time it takes to fix what has been broken? Will it force them to understand the other more? Is there ever a chance for them to become friends, maybe more?
I was really surprised by this book because it took me a few chapters to really start loving it but once I did, I couldn’t drop it. What hit me the most is that the beginning of the book is centered on Lena’s character and all her special quirks and multiple OCD tendencies, which makes it harder to fall into it right away.
Looking at it from another point of view though, I can now praise the writer because of it. I don’t know if it was meant to or not, but I could clearly understand and feel how cold and difficult Lena could be as a person and as Megan’s new neighbor. It made the story more relatable because I was warming up to Lena’s character at the same pace Megan was.
I am new to A.L. Brooks writings, having only read two of hers yet, but I like the way she writes her stories. Most of her characters have heavy relationship backgrounds that stick with them into their new lives. It makes the stories more relatable because most of us have been hurt by previous relationships and their actions somehow still manage to explain our reactions to various situations. I have to give a mention to the really different coming out stories, both more than realistic, giving the reader the possibility to feel closer to one of the character because of similar coming out stories. My favorite character was Megan, mostly because I could relate to her in many aspects of her life.
It was overall a pretty good book that will make you smile, laugh and think at different times.
I am looking forward to reading more of this talented writer.
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