Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a rural Canadian town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia–blond, beautiful, and rich–fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.
With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes deal at work–a deal that, despite the assurances of his Machiavellian boss, begins to seem more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of live. As the economy craters, and as Evan and Julia spin into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more–good and bad–than they’d ever imagined.
My Goodreads rating: ★★☆☆☆
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn’t blown away by this. I suppose I’m used to books with a little more tension, and this unfortunately just felt a little dull for me. I understand the message the book is trying to get across – that life isn’t always what you expect, and it’s certainly not easy – but I felt like there could have been a little more conflict in the narrative. I also had a hard time connecting with the characters, as I found both Evan and Julia incredibly irritating.
I do think this could have been quite good, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who will enjoy it, but it fell flat for me.
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