Last Hope for the Haters
Humans don’t need stories the same way whales don’t need oceans.
The charming Over The Rainbow bookstore is about to be sold. After losing her best friend and business partner, Elliot, Irma sees no other option but to sell. Enter Irma’s two daughters Laney and Bree who team up with Elliot’s widow, Thom, to stop the sale. Together, Laney, Bree, and Thom galvanize the local community to save Over The Rainbow from being turned into condos. It’s a story many of us can relate to – seeing our favourite independents being torn down in favour of progress and development.
What makes this book unique is how the pacing is broken up with interludes of the Book Haters’ Book Club newsletter and the breaking of the fourth wall with Elliot speaking directly to readers. The newsletters and Elliot’s carefully timed interruptions give Elliot his own voice as well as providing a history of Over The Rainbow Elliot and insight into the characters, particularly Irma and Thom. The newsletter also activates the book beyond the story because it includes real-life book recommendations for further reading, making you feel as if you are part of the Over The Rainbow family.
The Book Haters’ Book Club is a light-hearted and quirky book that is a perfect read for a crisp fall day, a comfy chair, and a cup of tea.
Thank you, HarperCollins Canada for the ARC in return for an honest review.