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{May 23, 2012}   {Review} My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills

From Goodreads: At nearly 30 years old, Brandon is barely able to make it through life, much less enjoy it.  He is weeks away from what should be one of the happiest days of his life, his wedding day to his fiancée, Clarissa, but his attention is distracted when his estranged, erratic and oddly eccentric father suddenly reappears with a bizarre demand: to accompany him to Stockholm, Sweden, where they will meet a man who he claims will change their lives.

Desperate for even a brief escape from his reality, Brandon reluctantly goes with his father, ready for a disaster.  But his life changes completely the moment his eyes meet the mysterious Swedish man’s daughter, Saga.  On a cobblestone street in the middle of Stockholm, Brandon reawakens to life, though struggles to navigate the messy love triangle with Saga and his fiancée, which includes multiple arrests, hospital stays, terrorist bombs, acts of heroism and foolishness, family secrets and even a bit of public nudity.

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I in no way, shape, or form, condone cheating.  That being said, this is a pretty hilarious book, and had the details of the sexual escapades been left to the imagination instead of being constantly expounded upon, I would have probably given this a five star rating.  Call me a prude, but I’m not into rampant sex in my books—never have been, never will be, but to each his/her own.  Thus, if you have no qualms about such things, then I highly suggest this novel—if you’re like me, tread carefully, but it’s a funny story nonetheless, so you might want to at least try it. 

Sills tells the story of Brandon, a 30-year-old man in a rut.  He has a beautiful fiancée, though I found her a bit boorish and much too demanding, a dead end job, and a snobby, millionaire father who won’t give him a cent.  As Brandon narrates his life, explaining the ins and outs of the male mind, the story gets wilder and wilder, and yet the characters are believable and, dare I say, lovable?  Yes, I think Sills’ makes Brandon a loveable character in that he is brutally honest and, though a bit explicit, really trying to find himself, though it comes at the expense of others, namely Clarissa, but by the end of the novel, I didn’t like her all that much anyway, so…

Overall, Sills does a wonderful job keeping the reader engaged as the plot unfolds.  The novel is easy to follow and, as I’ve said before, quite funny.  Four stars. 

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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