Book Review: Three Questions by Meagan Adele Lopez
I knew I wanted to start writing reviews for up and coming independent book authors because there are so many stellar writers who have to wait years to shine bright. It takes new authors myriads of hours on social media, sending out blog and review requests and lots of luck to even begin to get noticed by readers. I am thrilled that I have chosen Three Question to be my first professional book review. This novel is one of those rare reads where I felt as if I were actually friends with this above-average 25 year old struggling Hollywood actress getting over a break up. By the time I was done reading the book I couldn’t help but think that the author had lived every truthful word she wrote and I still feel compelled to reach out to her and ask, “Did that really happen to you?”
I hate Chick-Lit. I’m a dude. I may be gay and a hairdresser, but I’m a guy so I think like a guy: I do not want to over analyze broken relationships nor talk about my feelings let alone read about them. But I bought Meagan’s book, Three Questions, at her book launch—you know, as a fellow Chicago writer. But I didn’t actually read her book until I was scheduled to do a book signing event with her. The first page of Three Questions was of a break-up. The second page and chapter was an email that didn’t seem to fit with the tone of the first page…wha?... so I kept reading. By the time I began to enjoy what I thought was a clever gimmick (two lovers corresponding by email asking each other three questions to get to know each other), I realized I would not put the book down until I knew my friend *“Adele” was fulfilled in her career and her relationships. The author, Meagan Adele Lopez, intentionally lures the reader into what might be a better than average Chick-Lit breezy pass-time read with its catch: A young woman’s quarter decade “mid-life crises,” eight hours in Vegas begets a promise to meet in Chicago, and a simultaneous storyline email conversation between the heroin and a burgeoning (new or past) relationship.
Meagan *Adele Lopez (*See! The main character IS her!) has woven what seems to be two storylines, a philosophy to ask questions of oneself and others for personal growth, and page turning prose into a delightfully relatable story that both women and men of all ages can enjoy. Her writing style seems as straightforward and transparent as the main character seems to be but when you get near the end of the book you irrefutably understand that you never saw what was coming because you thought you knew where you were going. This book has a brilliant, touching, surprising ending and I should have seen it coming, and that, my friends, is what great writers do: They give you all the foreshadowing you need to figure it out--but you never do. And my hats off to Meagan Adele Lopez for coercing me to feel like I caught a glimmer of what it was like to actually reason like a woman; as well as be able to show how a man thinks. I related to the men characters and that is why I know men will love Three Question too but damn it if this book won’t get you thinking or relating about how you (dis?)function in your own relationships and career goals.
I cannot recommend this book to enough readers so read the book yourself and then tell your Facebook and Twitter friends. I cannot wait to read anything else Meagan Adele Lopez writes.
Three Questions book trailer: Click on the link below to see one of the best trailers for a book that I’ve ever seen.