Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review: The Love Triangle

Book description:

Fola loves Jimi. Jimi loves Dolly...or Fola...or Dolly. The epic love triangle between the sisters and Jimi, that lasted two decades.
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“The Love Triangle” is a romance novel by author The Fertile Chick.

Unfortunately, this was a tough read for me as it took me over two months to finish it. The book seemed rushed, but it was because 70% of it was flashback from almost, if not more than 15 years back. That’s a whole lot of narration, and little to no dialogue, in some cases. A lover of dialogue, that didn’t cut it for me, as it made reading and memorizing names and dates a tad difficult. At the same time, I know it's not quite easy to write a 15-year story without cutting out a lot of things, otherwise the book would get too bulky and tiring.
Other issues were editing errors and inconsistencies. The errors were in every chapter, and almost every paragraph, and were distracting. Another round of editing would easily solve the issue, but it might not be a big deal for others. For instance, a name changed from one page to another... like Anu, an aristo babe that changed to Arin in the next paragraph... I had to go back to be sure they were the same person.

There were also some unexplained bits in the story. Adun, Fola’s eldest sister is dating a boy that jumps bus and next thing we know, he's in the States, married to Adun... I’m not saying anything is impossible, but how did it happen? Did he win the lottery? Did he get a loan? Did he run away? He just mysteriously gets to the States and they are both there, happily married.

Anyway, the idea behind the book was actually nice, but the delivery could have been better. Also the love triangle, as the title implies, was meant to be between Fola, Jimi, her first love, and Dolapo (Dolly), her older sister, but the triangle broke when they all went their separate ways, and the story continued. It went on and on for over 100 pages, with Fola going on one disastrous date after the other until she conveniently runs into Lekan, also known as Lekushe, who we’ve never heard of before.

Coincidentally Fola remembers him from Unilag and NYSC, and remembers him trying to date her three times, but in the whole 15-year flashback, he never came up. If the author had mentioned him, even briefly, him running into Fola when one of her former dates, Shoga, embarrassed her, would have been a pleasant surprise not a random convenient meeting. In all of this, there was still no love triangle with Dolly anymore. I was expecting a continuous love triangle, but maybe I was expecting too much, because it later became a game for Dolly, just to hurt her sister, and not a genuine love triangle.

The book started to make some sense to me when I set my mind that it wasn’t about a love triangle but Fola’s life and relationships. I also liked how Fola’s mother came back to her senses and apologised for her unbelievable behaviour. I didn’t believe any mother would act that way, conspire to ruin one daughter’s marriage to the benefit of the other, so I guess repenting from such a way of life was a good addition to the story.

I also have a favorite line in every book I read, and this one was when Fola had broken up with Lekushe and was having a conversation with Jimi. Jimi had asked her if she had dated any other guys after Lekushe, and she said "No." She then asked Jimi "You?" And Jimi said, "No, no guys after Lekushe." Too hilarious.

2 STARS

Literary Yours,
CMO.