Review: Forever Night Stand (Ysa Arcangel)
Forever Night Stand
Written by: Ysa Arcangel
Published: December 2015
“What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.”
Brandy Curtis is a strong and independent career woman who does not care for commitment. She prefers no strings-attached, one night stands because that’s all she can give with what little free time she has. This is the life she has chosen and the life she is used to.
However, everything changed when she met Ivo, a gorgeous doctor with irresistible charm. He was just supposed to be another hookup, but he quickly became so much more. The more nights they spent together, the more Brandy felt that life had given her something to live for.
Things seemed perfect… until a visit to the doctor sends her world crashing. The timing couldn’t be worse. As her heart gets closer to Ivo, her memories begin to fade.
Will Brandy be able to actually live her life with Ivo… or will she succumb to the condition that threatens to claim her forever?
My Two Cents
If you loved the book, then forgive me, but I just have to say this… Forever Night Stand was just not my cup of tea. The blurb was something that caught my attention, pretty much because I am a sucker for something that would make me cry (i.e. Me Before You), but this one just did not stick to me.
I read the book for two days, and I totally get it why many people fell in love with it. Much like a teleserye, it has a lot of twists and turns that would make you feel like you needed to know what’s going to happen next. I tried to like it, I really did, but I guess it felt like the plot was just a tragedy bound to happen. It was like reading a book and spiraling down to the depths of misery and there was no way out. This type of story has its market (a pretty big one, I must say), but unfortunately, I was not one of them. I’m not saying that the book was bad, it was honestly very promising, but I guess we all have our preferences.
I’m about to share what worked and what didn’t work for me, so if you love the book and you feel like you don’t want it to be butchered, then read no more. Also, there are some SPOILERS AHEAD, just so you know.
Point 1: The writing was a little off for me. There are a lot of shifts on perspective, but it did not work as much as I hoped for, as it felt like the tone was all the same. I think it would’ve worked if the narrator was omniscient, and it did not include a lot of shifting in POVs. The changes felt unnecessary. I am also a huge believer of the “show don’t tell” type of story, and I felt like a lot of narration could’ve been omitted by adding just a little bit more of dialogues and letting the readers figure out what’s happening by themselves. Also, those sex scenes. Hmmm… I don’t like to comment much anymore, but it was a great attempt on writing about having sex and making love.
Point 1.5: What’s with the full names every time there’s a new character being introduced? (I.E. “Hi I’m xxxxxx, I’m the neurologist.”) No need for all those introductions as I feel like there were way too many names to be remembered already. PS: I felt like there were way too many characters on the book, too.
Point 2: There were too many twists on the story. A woman having issues with commitment, Alzheimer’s, amnesia, post partum depression, depression in general, getting pregnant when you’re not ready, EXcess baggage (get it), family issues, divorce, unrequited love… That’s a handful. Again, if you love teleseryes with never-ending twists, then this is for you. But if you’re someone like me who likes just a bit of twists but a lot of takeaway and tears after reading a book, then this might not be your cup of tea as well. Although I did like the attempt to raise awareness on issues concerning someone’s mental health, and I like how it was expressed as something to be taken seriously.
Point 3: The book felt like a collage of a lot of different romantic stories that I am so familiar with. The journal parts were very “The Notebook” -ish, while the parts where the kids were narrating felt so much like How I Met Your Mother. Except for this story, it was more of “Who Really Is Your Mother”. The sensual parts were a little like 50 Shades of Grey, minus the BDSM. Ivo, the main character, is also reminiscent of Christian Grey, except that he wasn’t fascinated by butt plugs and fancy whips (sorry). There were also a bit of “A Moment To Remember” (Korean film) feels, it felt like I was rewatching some parts of it, especially on those scenes where the guy kept on taking care of her wife even if she was already on the brink of forgetting their whole life together.
Point 4: The book was a crazy narrative of one problem after the other, after the other. It can get tiring.
Point 5: I never felt any connection to the characters. There was growth, there was an attempt to get them out of the cage, but it felt like it wasn’t enough for me to actually feel like I would empathize to them them. Maybe I was just numb. I guess.
That’s pretty much it. Again, I highly recommend this book if you love teleseryes, A LOT of twists and turns, and everything dramatic.
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