The Flip Side by James Bailey
Steam Level: Sweet
To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his parents (shudder). Welcome to rock bottom in Bristol. As Josh starts questioning all his life choices, he has a mad thought: Maybe he would just be better flipping a coin. After all, careful planning has landed him homeless, jobless, and single.
What starts as a joke soon becomes serious and Josh decides to start putting his faith in the capriciousness of currency. He doesn’t have anything to lose.
But when the chance of a lifetime and the girl of his dreams are on the line, will the coin guide him to a rich love life or leave him flat broke?Goodreads
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I really liked the idea of The Flip Side, but at the same time, the idea of making all of your decisions based on the flip of a coin is an affront to my inner planner!
While I know this is a work of fiction, this story seemed very far fetched to me. As I’ve already discussed, this whole coin flip thing was a lot for me, but I could have handled just that, but there were some other things that – no spoilers, I promise – I just thought were a little too much. Perhaps if Josh had been a little more charming/likable, I would have liked this book a bit more. This is told from Josh’s POV, and normally I find a first-person POV a way to get to know a character better, but Josh just felt very one-sided. The most interesting thing about him was this coin flipping thing, and well, he really just didn’t have anything going for him.
There is a romance, but it isn’t the main plot of a book. This is really more about Josh and his story, which you can probably tell I was not all that engaged in. All in all, this had a lot of potential, but it tried to do too much, with some not so great characters.
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