Review of “Confessions from a coffee shop” by T. B. Markinson.

General thoughts: Oh hello there, Book-that-is-promoting-unhealthy-relationships.

PREPARE FOR SOME…

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This. Book.

Guys.

This book.

Sigh

Here’s the Summary off of Amazon:

“Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?”

I wanted to start with what I thought, maybe gently take you into my mind before I slip something into your drink and have you easily submitting to my opinion but I got no such courtesy from this book so y’know what, let’s just jump right in.

I hated this book so much that when I refer to things I hate, I compare them to this book (I would send screenshots but that would make me seem petty).

There are different forms of abuse. Emotional, physical, psychological…et cetera. Kat did everything but beat Cori up.

Cori works two…three (?) jobs to support her girlfriend-

(Yes, it’s a book about lesbians. No, that is not what is ‘wrong’ with it. Yes, I downloaded it expecting some hot lesbian action. No, I didn’t really get that)

-who is addicted to shopping.

I downloaded this book when it was free.

I was so angry at the end.

I kept waiting for Kat to get what was coming to her and what happened? NOTHING.

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It is not okay to take advantage of your partner.

It is not okay to use people for their money just because you will finger them later.

It is not okay to let your partner stress and get JOBS while you sit on your ass and spend their money because you’re hot and have never grown up and seen the need to even try take care of yourself. That is some serious shit.

No.

Just No.

Cori deserved better and should have left. But no.

Ugh.

Let me get this out. It’s been a couple of years since I read it and it still infuriates me. A friend said art must be good if it invokes strong feelings in you. Revulsion and disgust are certainly strong but I feel that way about poop I see on the side of the road but I’m not going to tell that poop-artist that they did a great job.

To the author, it is hard to write books, I get that and I congratulate you on that. Your story telling was good and I don’t recall seeing any typos. It’s the characters I hate so much and maybe, just maybe, that should be a compliment. The book at some point stopped feeling like a book and started feeling like a memoir (not a very interesting one but can I really say that when I read it to the end…? Granted, I skimmed a lot of it at some point).

The sex was… not much. I wanted more than what was there so…

The Plot: 

Cori’s life isn’t going the way it should have been. She had been a basketball star and gotten a book deal and a hot girlfriend… Years later, she’s working three jobs to support herself and her lazy bum of a girlfriend Kat (This may not be completely accurate but this is how I read it). Cori meets Samantha, a girl she’d had a crush on and Kat gets jealous and Sam is newly single and unemployed and they bond over something or other.

The story didn’t really seem to have a point. It was like a slice-of-life anime but not as interesting. There was barely any character development, it could have been shorter and it was just…

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Oh right. The confession.  Was it that Sam was also a lesbian? That she was laid off?

I don’t remember. It should have been important but:

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The Characters:

Cori: Cori is relatable up to a certain point. The point where she’s putting up with Kat’s crap is my absolute limit because I feel like I’ve seen that awful disaster of a relationship in real life and it was not pretty.

Kat: An artist. Who spends her girlfriend’s money. And is hot. And jealous. And ungrateful. And her addiction was not addressed at any point for the sake of solving it, looking into it, finding out why she did it (okay, maybe that one was mentioned). They took her addiction the way they take needing air to breathe, space being a vacuum and Nicholas Hoult being sexy. Just facts of life. Nothing we can do about it.

Everyone else: I barely remember everyone else. Some were crazy, some were interesting, some were cardboard cut-outs placed into the story to sit there so it could reach its end.

In conclusion:

*SIGH *

This book gave me diseases I didn’t even know were transferable through Kindle.

Many people seemed to like it though so it could be a taste issue but… I obviously think my taste buds are just fine.

Anyway…

My Rating: Negatives are somehow more frowned upon than zeroes so I give it 0.6 out of 5 and let’s round that off, shall we?

-Riz

CFACS Goodreads review

 


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