Best Day Ever
By Kaira Rouda
Graydon House, 9781525811401, September 2017, 352pp.
The Short of It:
A narcissist and his beautiful wife vacation at their gorgeous lake house for what he promises is the best day ever but things quickly unravel when he begins to lose control of the situation.
The Rest of It:
This book was incredibly difficult to put down and, who would even want to? Food, work, kids? Who cares?
Paul & Mia Strom are THE perfect couple. She’s beautiful. He’s rich and successful. They live in a gorgeous suburban home and don’t have a care in the world. They are on their way to their lake house for a little R&R and all is good and perfect in the world.
This is all according to Paul.
But in reality, nothing is perfect. Paul has been hiding something from Mia. Actually, he’s been hiding a lot from her but in his head he is totally in control and doesn’t even entertain the possibility that failure is just around the corner. In other words, he is totally and completely out of his mind.
Throughout the story, Paul is convincing himself over and over again that all is okay. He’s brilliant and women want him so what could possibly go wrong on the best day ever?
This was not a perfect story and towards the end, I was ready for my relationship with this couple to come to a close but I can’t deny how fun it was to read. Crazy is on every single page. Paul is so full of himself that he can’t see what is going on even when it’s right in front of him. To put it bluntly, it’s fun to read about Paul’s failures and missteps because he’s the type of guy you want to punch.
Best Day Ever is a super-fast read and extremely entertaining. I can see this one becoming a movie.
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18 thoughts on “Review: Best Day Ever”
Ti, this sounds like such a fun read. I love when you write that he’s the kind of guy you want to punch – love it! I have this on my kindle and I think I need to check it out 🙂
Oh! You will eat this up. Paul is such a tool.
I liked this a lot too!
I, personally, didn’t like how some of the resolution came from the help of another guy but all in all so entertaining.
I loved this and couldn’t stop listening to it. I would LOVE to see it become a movie!
When I went to post my review on Amazon I noticed the book trailer. It really made me think this could be turned into a movie pretty easily.
I also love the ‘guy you want to punch’ line. Think I’d like that part. I can’t stand for women to be so clueless in their relationships with men, but guys – guess I think they are fair game for poking fun. LOL
Oh, for sure. I cannot stand it when a woman is so blind to what is going on but it makes for good reading and this guy is so full of himself you just can’t help but read to see what his demise will be.
This story was such a wonderful surprise. I was not expecting it to be such a wild ride, but I am so glad it was. Totally fun and addicting.
I know!! It’s so funny because from the cover I was reminded of Japanese horror novels and so I naturally thought this to be a murder mystery type of book. Even the book trailer, posted on Amazon, makes it so. It’s so not that. Paul is such a piece of work!! She must have had fun writing his character.
I found this one impossible to put down, too, and I also wanted to punch Paul. Thanks for sharing.
OMG…loved this book! I made Den read it I mediate.y.clever and fun! I want a movie! Ben Afleck? Or is he too old…The female lead? Jennifer Lawrence but she is taking a year off to fix the world. Maybe the last StarWars villain? I love casting!
I was thinking someone pretty like Finn Wittrock… look him up. Or Zac Efron. Matt Bomer is older but he would be good too. I am so tired of J Law. I can see Scarlett Johansson as the female lead. January Jones or Rachel McAdams would be good too.
Yes to all of them!
This sounds a little like the book I just read, but better 🙂
This is the one you were telling me about the other day when you commented on my blog! After reading this, it may be a good answer to my reading slump. I need a book that I can have strong feelings about the characters and yet finish in a short period of time.
people have loved this book.
It’s not award-winning writing but man, it’s fun to read.