Hilarious, undoubtedly hilarious! I thought Brake Failure by Alison Brodie was going to be a good book, but I was wrong, it was a GREAT books, incredible, I had so much fun reading this book that I had to share it with my friends. Ruby is the perfect main character, who will give you side splitting laughs as well as make you feel for her in more ways than one.
Ruby is so excited when her husband Edward is offered a job in Paris, since that’s her dream, or more so her step-sister Claire’s dream- who she is extremely competitive with- but Ruby’s husband doesn’t take that job, he takes one in the United States, Kansas to be exact (yes, Kansas where nothing exceptionally great happens, and there is no Eiffel Tower).
The timeline of this book is something that I have never read, it occurs in 1999 when the world was terrified of Y2K. The perspective flips back and forth from Ruby and the local sheriff (I know, sounds weird right? But it all makes sense in the end). The fact that this all takes place in the weeks leading up to 2000 was really cool to me, I was 12 when this was going on, so I remember all the hype, which made it even more entertaining and nostalgic to read about.
I also found it perfect that Ruby starts off one way in the book, and through much needed introspection, she becomes a different way toward the end of the book. Watching a character grow, especially the way that she did, almost makes you feel like a proud parent lol. I don’t think I will ever find a book as funny and heartwarming as this! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, thank you Alison Brodie for sending this book to me.