My Thoughts About Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabriel Charbonnet (Book Review #29)


“What if your imaginary friend from childhood was your one true love”.

And that sentence alone made me get this book.

This book is a love story (obviously) between Jane, who since childhood has been the shadow of her mother who is very popular in the entertainment industry, and Michael, an “angel” whom Jane’s only solace when Jane was young.

It appeared on the book that Jane has a sad life. Always following her mother whatever she was told to do and following her mother wherever she went. The book follows the premise that every child who feels like being lost with the current situation that they have is being sent somewhat like a “guide” or “angel” to befriend and help them go through what they are going through. But here’s the catch, after the child turns 9 years old his/her guide will leave him/her and all the memories of that child with the guide will be lost. And so Michael left Jane on her 9th birthday making Jane so miserable and sad despite his promise that life will be okay.

“Love means never having to be apart”
― James Patterson, Sundays at Tiffany’s
Despite the supposed to be erasing of memories of all her encounters with Michael, Jane’s memory of Michael was not erased. And 23 years later Michael returns to the city where Jane lives. Jane’s memory of Michael is still fresh. He still thinks of him every time. And 23 years after Michael left her, her life didn’t change. She was still the same Jane that’s always a shadow of her mother. She’s also in a relationship where it seems like she’s the only one who’s doing everything to make it work. He wants someone like Michael to talk to. And in that instant when her life seems to crumble he saw Michael again, who didn’t change a bit, to where her happiest moment when she was still young – having a large sundae on a Sunday afternoon across Tiffany’s jewelry shop.

“She had a lot of hugs to give, but not enough people to give them to.”
― James Patterson, Sundays at Tiffany’s

And there first encounter after so many years of being separated was marked first by hesitation and doubt but all went well after that. Readers will the follow Jane and Michael as they made up for the loss time that they were separated and how they solved the mystery why Michael really came back for Jane.

What I like about the book is that it is an easy read. The book is divided into short chapters making me finish it so quickly. I believed that that setup worked for this book. The novel doesn’t need all the details that some other book requires. The structure all worked for me. And despite being a short read, it didn’t fail to surprise me with its twist and ending. Some parts are just too abrupt for me.

The characters were all developed and readers would easily feel for them. The author also works magic with how he describe characters and settings on the book. The book has its share of warmth.

“People always remember the worst day of their lifes. It becomes a part of them forever.”
― James Patterson, Sundays at Tiffany’s
The book is a journey towards self-discovery. The book teaches readers to have faith, hope and believe, despite our life sometimes s*ck, that the future is always bright.

Overall, this book will definitely not the last book by James Patterson that I’ll read. 🙂

“Just because life is hard, and always ends in a bad way, doesn’t mean that all stories have to, even if that’s what they tell us in school and in the New York Times Review. In fact, it’s a good thing that stories are as different as we are, one from another.”
― James Patterson, Sundays at Tiffany’s

3 stars out of 5.

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