The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I loved the idea of this book - someone offers $500,000 to 2 people if they just meet at least once a week for at least 2 hours a time & just talk - get to know each other. Nothing more.
Two polar opposites. What will they learn from each other & what will happen to their relationship.
I thought it had so much potential.
I honestly struggled to get through this. Actually ended up skipping some chapters once I got half way through & just couldnt FEEL the book.
There was so much skipping back in time & then we'd be back to present & I was getting so confused. The back stories took SOOOOOO long too that I was just over it by the time we did get back to the present. & then the weird part, the present would zoom by so fast with out a lot of attention to it.
All of that just made me loose interest really quickly.
It was an OK read - not horrible. I just thought it had so much potential on how this story could have went.
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An addictively readable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender, and enchanting story about love, attraction, and friendship: Jane Austen in Los Angeles.
A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is twenty-nine, hung-over, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an innate charm and an air of invincibility, he still believes good things will come his way. For now he contents himself with days at the Coffee Bean and nights with his best friend Mike (that’s a woman, by the way).
At thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as “La Máquina” The Machine—to her colleagues, she’s grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. And yet recently she befriended a homeless man in her Venice neighborhood, surprised to find how much she enjoys their early-morning chats.
Richard and Elizabeth’s paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They’ll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together—just talking—every week for a year. Astonished and more than a little suspicious, they each nevertheless say yes. Richard needs the money and likes the adventure of it. Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life a little more. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not?
What ensues is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, hamburgers, classic literature, poppy music, and above all love, in its multitude of forms. The Decent Proposal is a heartfelt and often hilarious look at the ties that bind not just a guy and a girl but an entire, diverse cast of characters situated within a modern-day Los Angeles brought to full and irrepressible life.