Book Review: How Do You Know by Meredith Schorr

December 2, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 6

Book Review: How Do You Know by Meredith SchorrHow Do You Know by Meredith Schorr
Series: Seeking Happily Ever After #1
Published by Booktrope on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Sex, Family & Relationships, Romance
Pages: 300
Source: Booktrope
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What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?

On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding towards her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly-aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0. In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.

Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women's fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the 'proverbial clock' that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.

My Thoughts

What a great plot line!

I loved every minute of this.  Although, some of Maggie’s choices have me shaking my head at her. Being a 39 year old and coming up on 40 really fast (my bday is Jan! Ack!), I could understand all of her foibles. I may not agree exactly but sometimes you have to find yourself to figure out the rest of life. And at 39 of course there is this huge stigma that we are supposed to have our life already figured out by then! Married with children and all that. It started freaking her out. Things go from her freaking out to telling her amazing three year boyfriend that she isn’t sure what is going on. She didn’t want to break up but she needed time. Unfortunately for her, he doesn’t give her that!

She needed to try something different to test her boundaries. She does some things that I may not do, but it’s these choices that are important. They don’t always make sense but she has to grow to see that.

Although the book is sort of heart wrenching with a bit of drama, at the same time there is enough change and growth to really make that drama understandable. It’s not all drama though, there are some breathable moments throughout as well.

The calms allow for Maggie to grow and for some of all of the year that has been to soak in. The time line also seemed pretty genuine. Nothing seemed forced.

The characters are fantastic!

The relationship ups and downs are so in tune with how life really is. But in a fantastical, over rated sort of way to make a great plot.

What’s really interesting are her side kicks. Her friends and her family add in a bit of needed antics and fun. It’s not always the best advice that they give but I love that they all have this fabulous feeling of love and are there for each other. Even the smaller characters were lovable!

Lindsay was the only character I didn’t like! Nothing was said at the end about what happened to her. I wanted karma to kick her in the ass!

This is the first in a series and I cannot wait for the next!

Meredith Schorr is a new to me author. This will NOT be the last book I read of hers.

In short: Cute, bubbly romance with a bit of angst and growth. Not your average gal or age for a romance! Love it!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5



The Author

About Meredith Schorr

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel.

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6 Responses to “Book Review: How Do You Know by Meredith Schorr”

    • Christina

      It was so cute but I’m glad it had a lot more depth than a lot of romances out there. The plot was great. So glad Jen introduced me to your writing!

    • Christina

      Funnily your books are similar but very different! I think you would enjoy it. I know I did. Now to wait for the sequel. The hardest part of reading!