I devoured The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, but was less interested in the characters and their fates by the time I read the follow-up to this story, The Rosie Effect. By the time The Best of Adam Sharp came along, I was excited to read a new stand-alone book by this author.
The first half of The Best of Adam Sharp is a sweetly nostalgic story. Adam Sharp is nearly fifty and living in the UK with his long time partner Claire at the beginning of the story. Adam is an IT specialist who only needs to works six months of the year. He is also a singer, a pianist and a mad-keen music trivia wiz. When he was in his twenties, Adam travelled to Melbourne, where he fell in love with an actress from a television soapie, Angelina Brown.
When they met Angelina had only recently separated from her husband. When Adam had to leave Australia their romance came to an end, but he spent the next 25 years thinking about her and what might have been, especially when he heard particular pieces of music.
Adam’s nostalgia and imagination ramped up when out of the blue he received an email from Angelina, which said just one word; “Hi.”
Of course he answered her, and their emails quickly become flirty. Needless to say, Adam didn’t tell Claire that he had reconnected with his long-lost love from the other side of the world. Adam and Angelina spent hours online reminiscing about their shared past.
Things eventually came to a head with Claire, who was on the verge of selling her company and moving to the USA for her career. Adam and Claire broke up and within a week, Angelina invited Adam to spend a week with her and her husband at their holiday home in France.
Off Adam went to France, which is where things got weird. The first half of the novel was sweet and nostalgic, although I felt sorry for Claire, but in the second half of the story I felt as if the author was living out a sleazy, personal fantasy where he meets up with his old, hot girlfriend, who is now a hot, middle-aged woman. For me, this half of the book lost touch with reality.
The story is very readable, but I felt let down by how far the characters went in the second half of the story. I believe Australian actress Toni Collette has optioned this book with the intention of playing Angelina in the movie. I expect The Best of Adam Sharp will become a successful movie with an excellent soundtrack, but suspect the sections I found creepy and sleazy in the book will be much the same on the screen.