Living away from home for the first time can bring on a whole new set of challenges – and in Heather Green’s case, some of which can be quite hilarious. With a cheerful disposition amidst the hardship her family has been going through the past several years, she embarks on a new chapter of her life as she becomes a new housemate in a residence that formerly comprised of only guys.
Through the misadventures of forgetting alarm codes, lessons in cooking (better), and having one too many drinks when out at the local bar, Heather feels right at home in her new home (and, unintentionally, captures the heart of one of her housemates). But when things take a turn for the worse and Heather winds up down a dark path, she must find it within her to accept the aid of those who really, truly care about her.
This is what “It Started with Snub” is all about. Irish author B.R. Maycock’s debut novel definitely caught my attention when I read of the interesting scenario Heather ignites in the beginning, when she moves into a household of guys. I could only imagine the happenings they could all find themselves in, as young professionals living together, trying to navigate the world.
I didn’t really have too many expectations beyond what I read in the synopsis. That’s why I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t love it.
Heather and Rob’s arguments about their feelings for each other, especially towards the end of the novel, had me feeling annoyed at times; so much as to where I was practically screaming in my head: Oh my God! You’re not teenagers anymore! Just shut up and tell each other how you feel!
On their own, Heather and Rob were irritating. Heather’s inner monologues, while spot on at appropriate times, just drove me nuts in terms of what she was thinking. Her thoughts were juvenile-sounding enough to where they sounded like they were coming from someone ten years her junior. Rob was a character with flaws, both in good and bad ways. But the bad ways are what I was turned off by, especially when he brings along his “friend with benefits” on a group trip to a wedding.
But “It Started with a Snub” isn’t all just joy and comedy, for there were some dark points throughout. Maycock did a good job at highlighting the effects of being in a controlling relationship; so as much as to where how it can even be difficult for someone to end the relationship. She also set Heather on quite a journey of character growth, in one of the most hardest ways possible.
Overall, “It Started with a Snub” just wasn’t my cup of tea. It was a good read, but I don’t feel profoundly compelled to read it again any time soon. However, don’t let that stop you from reading it if you’re intrigued by works of this type.