Review: The Cure for Modern Life by Lisa Tucker

cure for modern lifeThis was one of my library book sale finds. I’ve had it for over a year now, along with the other remaining book sale books. I think there might still be at least 10 books in that bag from the one book sale. I was “fill a bag for $3” and I remember it was so much fun to just throw books in the bag, thinking that if they were duds, so what? But now I have banned myself from going back to the book sale until I finish. No small task, considering I also have books to review for Literary R&R, as well as my own TBR pile, which just grew larger over Christmas.

I was drawn to this book’s cover with its soft pastel colors and simple silhouetted man and woman standing on a bridge. I also thought the title was slightly clever, in my frenzy to shove as many interesting books into a paper bag as I possibly could. I didn’t spend a lot of time studying the inside covers, as the bag was getting heavier and heavier with each book I chose.

The book’s premise is a bit ridiculous – arrogant pharma bigwig comes across a young boy on a bridge, begging for help, takes him home and ends up basically adopting him, pretty much to piss off his ex-girlfriend, who is dating and pregnant with his best friend’s child.

Matthew and Amelia, two very highly intelligent (at least in the book sense) individuals and at the top of their field in the pharmaceutical industry, are exes with a professional rivalry. Amelia believes the pharma company Matthew works for is corrupt, and that he is, by default, corrupt as well. And perhaps he is. But it’s like these two just go at it again and again like a couple of lovesick teenagers. Every ounce of motivation in their lives is to one-up the other or to get revenge on something the other one did. Because they are clearly still in love with each other, even though they are in serious, deep denial about that fact. I thought their back and forth was ridiculously immature for people in their positions.

Then the whole scenario with Danny and his sister Isabelle – their mom is a drug addict, and Danny, at only age 10, has appointed himself caretaker of himself and his sister. The way they get involved with Matthew is pretty far-fetched, and the way they STAY with Matthew is pretty far-fetched, as well.

I guess that other than that, I stayed engaged in this story, if only to see how this whole ridiculous thing was going to turn out. It was written well, which I guess for a book sale book is not bad.

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