J. Daniels has done it again, by providing a masterpiece full of compassion and pure insanity to my mental state that is currently filled with hyperaware of emotions! I got an advance reader’s copy of Four Letter Word by J. Daniels two days ago, and honestly I screeched when I saw that NetGallery wanted an honest review. I have been waiting for this book for an eternity now! At the end of the day, I enjoyed this book way too much and I cannot wait for everyone else to start reading it and bawl their eyes out as well like I did… cough cough one box of tissues is not enough…
Read my review down below, and don’t forget to get your own copy of Four Letter Word this fall, on October 4th!
So the beginning is pretty intense… Darkly intense. We know that the protagonist- Sydney- is having some personal issues with her relationship that she has with her ex-husband, Marcus. What are the reasons for the ending of the marriage? We don’t know just yet. But when her best friend, Tori calls her up because HER boyfriend has a wife and kid and was cheating on her and needs some friend support, it’s obvious that Sydney is a selfless person because she leaves her issues with her ex-husband behind and goes to help her best friend in need of comfort. Though her issues are not far from her mind. Sydney constantly asks herself what she has done wrong…
Was I that blind? How stupid was I?
Which is something that we all as women would ask ourselves if we were in the same situation… We constantly blame ourselves, and what about your partner? Doesn’t he have something to do with the problems you would both have? This book highlights the insecurities of Sydney, and it also highlights her characer development that inspires me and should inspire many others about becoming strong and not let our insecurities take the best of us, or even the worst of us.
This turn of event changes so quickly and her attitude escalates to a whole new level of badass and funny as hell when she makes that one phone call and Tori’s reactions are on point comical!
So far, what we know of both protagonists are the basics: Sydney (female protagonist) is a radiologist, specifies herself in X-Ray examinations, she is 24 years old and is in the mids of a life changing experience, with the help of her best friend Tori. Brian (male protagonist) is the co-owner of a surf shop and also has a side job in which I will not state (spoilers) and he has it because of a past incident he had to witness.
Now, before I go on the real question is; “What is a great book of J. Daniels’ if she does not add a spin-off to her story?” Well the answer to that is; “No book is great without a spin-off or a moment of shockness!” And J. Daniels has done it! She has accomplished that effect on me. Obviously I’m not going to say what it is that is so climactic, because that would be a true spoiler that I don’t want to give away. BUT HOT DAM-WHA-BAM, was I NOT expecting this!
A tear fell down my face every now and then, and all because of Sydney. She is such a sweet character, a person with a pure and selfless heart and soul. Slow and steady throughout the story, she learns how to love, but most importantly how to truely love herself, have self respect towards her attributes and her likings, which is something that J. Daniels portrays in such a lovely way by adding Brian to the mix.
Brian… He is also another with such a dark secret. I enjoy reading these sort of stories, where both protagonists need each other for compassion and love. Brian may think he has a sense of lust for Sydney, but in reality they both need each for life to move on in their paths. Something that indeed made me see the light of the darkness, is the relationship that Marcus and Sydney had. Even though their “chemistry” drifted apart slowly, and their marriage was becoming part of the ruins, their arrangement and their consolation conversation they had opened my eyes to a new level. Marriage is something that has to part of our lives forever, “’till death do us apart…” And even though Marcus and Sydney definitely did not conger up to that statement, they both came to a mental realization that they are both better off separate. It’s hard seeing couples- especially in a marriage status- separate from each others lives, but at the end of the day, would you rather see a struggling couple trying to regain their broken marriage, instead of a happy fulfilling person who is single and trying to find their inner self?
I would go with the latter, for sure!
Another elaborate comment about this story, is how J. Daniels adds little snippets of other characters’ stories and their love lives. We have Tori and Jamie, Shay and Stitch, and also the sad story of Nate- their boss. And she seems to add these stories very carefully, by stillnot forgetting that the main focus of attention is Sydney and Brian.
Goodreads Rating: FIVE PEANUT BUTTER FRIENDLY’S ICE CREAM STARS