Rye’s life is in a rut. The library that he's worked at for over a decade is in jeopardy, he hasn't been on a date in years, and life in the city is wearing him down.On the eve of his 26th birthday, whilst rediscovering old family albums and exploring the tragedies and triumphs of his childhood, he decides to visit his deceased grandfather's home in the beautiful French coRye’s life is in a rut. The library that he's worked at for over a decade is in jeopardy, he hasn't been on a date in years, and life in the city is wearing him down.On the eve of his 26th birthday, whilst rediscovering old family albums and exploring the tragedies and triumphs of his childhood, he decides to visit his deceased grandfather's home in the beautiful French countryside.Whilst there, Rye throws himself into the lifestyle: visiting the market, relearning French, restoring the farm house, and growing closer to the waiter of a local restaurant.When tragedies big and small sweep through Rye's life, he must learn to be brave, to stand up for himself, and find a way to use his past to embolden his present....
|Title||:||The Restart Project|
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The Restart Project Reviews
I feel like I'm supposed to like this more than I did. Just....hardly anything happened. It was all description. I felt like the main characters went in circles and had the same discussion over and over again with no progression past it and while I did enjoy the characters, they also annoyed me. The side characters were nice. I loved Viola. I don't know...maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset for something so slow and low key. It was written well! And I did feel for the characters mostly.
Rye is in a crisis. He needs to restart his life. To do this he vacations in France at a house left to him by his grandfather.On the plane he meets Viola and the 2 strike up a friendship.The author made the small town in France come alive, I so wanted to live there.Rye is eating at the towns restaurant when he meet Boone, an american living in France.The secondary cast of characters were great.Towards the end of the book though, Rye did get on my nerves a little. He dithered too much.That said an enjoyable read.
This novel was mostly a delight, although I do have some reservations which hold me back from giving five stars.It tells the story of Rye and Boone who meet when Rye decides to holiday in the house his grandfather left him in rural France. Boone, a gay American, is working as a waiter in the local cafe. Rye has had a little heterosexual experience, but is unquestionably gay.Rye has been in an emotional limbo since the death of his parents. Boone is a drifter. The novel relates the voyage of individual and mutual discovery they embark on while forging a relationship.The writing, especially in the narrative sections, is lyrical and, in places, rather fine. Unfortunately the authorial style does not work at some points in the dialogue which is intermittently stilted and rather didactic in tone.The characterisation is excellent. I had, from early on, a firm picture of Rye and Boone. The major female characters Amy, Viola and Anouk, as well as the children, are well-drawn and vivid.There were some typos, one of them delicious- “Mills and Boone”- could this be deliberate? “Renee Mackintosh” for “Rennie Mackintosh’, “palmer-violet” for “parma violet’, “counsellor” for “councillor” and “William Wallis” for “William Wallace” were five I detected.I did not like the ending which felt too rushed after the slow unfolding of the story and I also have an aversion to endings where gay couples get engaged /married/ adopt children. Why ape heterosexualrelationships? Gay couples have the opportunity to have a unique status which does not have to be validated in these ways.There is no explicit sex here, although it is clear that eventually this does form an element in the relationship. For me, that is a bonus and very much part of what Rye and Boone became. This is a REAL romance. I look forward with sense of eager anticipation to reading further novels by J J Bamber.Thank you to NetGalley and Less Than Three Press for the ARC of a most pleasurable read.
3.5 stars. The book starts with exposition about libraries losing funding and reading being down. I could relate to the ruefulness. The author depicts the loneliness and longing for something meaningful really well, the desire to start one's life anew resonating inside readers, I think.The first meeting between Rye and Boone is humorous and sweet, loved it. The two men understand the yearning to go back in time sometimes and make different choices or comfort their younger selves that everything will be okay. There was so much buildup, however, of sensuality that was never shown to conclusion. A bit disappointed about that.This story is about finding your roots, a connection with other people, and a touch of romance along the way. A journey of self-discovery. Everything is described in such detail that I felt like the author actually did everything written in this book. Best recommendation I can give this.But... a lot of the book drags on. If you can read, like, only every fourth page and still have a clear idea of what's happening, that's not a good thing.Still, what is depicted well here is the desire to live happily ever after, the need so strong that sometimes we forget to be happy in the moment and end up losing it forever. Made me misty-eyed on several occasions.On a side note, there's some punctuation issues throughout.
I'm a little conflicted with this. I liked the story and the characters but I wasn't really a fan of the writing style. A slow paced, sweet, moving story. Great characterisation with detailed, well thought out MCs and some fabulous female secondary characters. However, the writing style wasn't for me. It felt like it was trying too hard to be beautiful. There was a lot of description which I felt was unecessary and sometimes pulled me out of my reading enjoyment because the comparisons were a little odd. "Leaves flew around like confetti voilently thrust from left to right, like the tourists he always saw frantically trying to work out London's public transport"Of course the latter is personal taste and too much for me maybe just right for other readers. I will admit that that the writing did evoke fabulous images in my head for the village in France .... I just wish it had been reigned in a little.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review.
3.5 StarsI'm not 100% sure why I didn't love this story. It was a good story, but it's almost like the book was written by someone whose first language wasn't English. Overall it just didn't feel as smooth, things felt a little stilted. Maybe that's just my Americanism, but things just didn't flow quite the way I hoped.I liked the characters, especially the secondary characters. All the female characters in this story were the perfect amount of quirky, entertaining, and loving. I did enjoy the interplay around town. There were just a few plot points that were more convenient that realistic. Any house that's sat empty for 5 years isn't going to be an easy move back in. Still it was a sweet story.
Sweet and sometimes quite moving. I thought the pacing was sometimes a little off and the dialogue felt a little stilted; but I loved the descriptions of everything, loved the characters (especially the female characters), and thought the whole thing was deeper and more kind hearted than I was expecting. Would read another book by the author; would like him to get better at dialogue so that it is as good as his other writing!
I just could not get into this.