Never Too Late

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Never Too Late (Brier Hospital)

Last Free Dates: 18th Feb 16 to 22nd Feb 16
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...An enjoyable read, with drama, a few unforeseen twists, characters you can support, and a great ending!...

Izzy Meyer is rather elderly for a marathon runner: over 60. She loves her new hobby, starts setting records, and is on her way to a title. In her way is a rivalry with her younger running partner, a hostile media, someone who will stop at nothing to make their runner win, and the twenty-six miles of the Boston Marathon,

I enjoyed this. The book really does revolve around Izzy, and she’s a distinct enough character to carry it. Her taking up, and then discovering she’s actually very good at, distance running was fun to read. She’s a character you can like and root for, which given some of the nastier plot twists is very important. Hunter makes an excellent rival, with her own complex motivations slowly uncovered.

The writing is a fairly flat style with short sentences, no long words or creative language use, but what it does make the book is accessible. It is easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to get hooked by even if you don’t realise it. I didn’t notice, until I suddenly realised I had finished it – at 2 a.m. The climax of the book comes shortly before the end, but you keep reading to find out what’s happened to everyone else. The loose ends are wrapped up neatly.

It would be suitable for most ages, as the events and drama are of a type that most will understand. It isn’t a demanding read, but it is an enjoyable one, with drama, a few unforeseen twists, characters you can support, and a great ending!

Izzy Meyer is rather elderly for a marathon runner: over 60. She loves her new hobby, starts setting records, and is on her way to a title. In her way is a rivalry with her younger running partner, a hostile media, someone who will stop at nothing to make their runner win, and the twenty-six miles of the Boston Marathon,

I enjoyed this. The book really does revolve around Izzy, and she’s a distinct enough character to carry it. Her taking up, and then discovering she’s actually very good at, distance running was fun to read. She’s a character you can like and root for, which given some of the nastier plot twists is very important. Hunter makes an excellent rival, with her own complex motivations slowly uncovered.

The writing is a fairly flat style with short sentences, no long words or creative language use, but what it does make the book is accessible. It is easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to get hooked by even if you don’t realise it. I didn’t notice, until I suddenly realised I had finished it – at 2 a.m. The climax of the book comes shortly before the end, but you keep reading to find out what’s happened to everyone else. The loose ends are wrapped up neatly.

It would be suitable for most ages, as the events and drama are of a type that most will understand. It isn’t a demanding read, but it is an enjoyable one, with drama, a few unforeseen twists, characters you can support, and a great ending!

Rating: 4
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Discussion

Meryl (9 May 2017)
I love a book with a great ending so much so that I may be willing to overlook that the book is, as you say, flat in some areas.

Miranda (12 May 2017)
This sounds like one I might be able to brave. I think sometimes it's worth giving the author a chance before tossing the book in the bin even if it's a little flat in some areas. The ending might make it worth your while.

HighSparrow (12 May 2017)
Any book that has the power to surprise me in this day and age deserves my time. So many authors' stories have become predictable now and it's rare to find a book that has a story that is truly original with twists that you can't foresee a mile away.

HattieMoon (27 May 2017)
I have a friend in a similar position as Izzy, and I think she may enjoy this book. I can't say she has had any particular dramas come up since she took up running, but perhaps there's more to the world of older athletes than I have been told!.

Triss (28 May 2017)
I can certainly relate to this story. Thanks for the review. I love a great story that is very well written and I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Joanna (28 May 2017)
What a wonderful and inspiring story. Thanks for sharing this review. I know this kind of motivating story is great for a lot of readers who find themselves in similar situations when it comes to chasing their biggest goals.

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