The car share by Zoe Brisby is an emotionally touching and outrageously funny read. I was in a reading slump, after having struggled with a few not-so-great books. The Car Share was the perfect breather. I laughed out loud so much while reading this book, my family thought I might need a visit to the doc!
The story set in France is about the unlikely friendship between two completely opposite strangers – Alex and Max.
Alex is a 25-year-old heart-broken man. Rejected by the ‘love of his life,’ he is lonely & moderately depressed (as diagnosed by his doctor). He decides to take a road trip to Brussels, and in order to reduce his travel costs opts to take a passenger along. His co-passenger is Max, a non-smoker who is fond of mechanics, whisky and Tour de France (according to Carshare.com profile.) Max is on an extremely important trip to Brussels to meet up with doctors.
Imagine Alex’s surprise when Max turns out to be Maxine; an almost 100-year-old purple haired lady. And Max is equally shocked, for she had assumed Alex to be a young lady.
The road trip to Brussels is full of funny and emotional moments. It is also a life-changing trip as both Alex and Max open up and share their deepest fears and secrets with each other. The story becomes thrilling when Alex is suspected of having kidnapped the old lady from the retirement home. With the cops on tow, the duo experiences an adventurous escapade. However, instead of Brussels, the trip ends up in a hospital.
I loved the way the author has sketched the characters. Max is quirky yet loveable; not perfect, but her flaws make her even more interesting. Alex is kind and considerate; yet lonely and suffering from major self-doubt.
It is human nature to fear failure, but a second chance is all we need. A second chance–be it at love, or at life. The Car Share is all about being kind and forgiving towards one’s own self, and be brave to take the second chance.
I would definitely recommend this book to all those looking for a funny yet emotionally touching read. It’s sure to make you happy!
Thank you to NetGalley Hodder & Stoughton and Zoe Brisby for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Wordsopedia rating 5/5
|Title: The Car Share||Author: Zoe Brisby|
|Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton||Publication date: March 25, 2021|
|Genre: Fiction–Humour||Format: eBook, Paperback|
|ISBN: 1529366607||No. of Pages: 322|
About the Author
Zoe Brisby won the Mazarine Book Day literary contest with her novel ‘The Car Share’. She worked as an art historian before dedicating herself to writing.
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