Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sundays at Tiffany's: James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

For five dollars at Fred Meyer's, I picked up this book by James Patterson--an author I have generally no interest in reading. However, the title alone piqued my interest, being that I am an Audrey Hepburn fan for life and Breakfast At Tiffany's is one of my favorite movies of all time. Reading the back cover was what ultimately pushed me to buy the book; I mean, who wouldn't want to read the story of an imaginary friend come to life?!

Jane is a very lonely child who meets Michael--an invisible friend. He's not exactly imaginary--just invisible to anyone he doesn't want to be seen by. On her 9th Birthday, as per Invisible Friend Rules, Michael has to leave Jane and let her grow up in a world without invisible friends. Theoretically, she is to never remember Michael once he has gone from her life. (I would like to mention here that I find this completely plausible, as I had an invisible friend when I was a child whom I apparently spoke of at length. As an adult, I don't remember this friend at all). As an adult, Jane is still lonely and stuck in a life that doesn't belong to her. At just the right time, Michael sees Jane and she sees him and he sees that she remembers him, and it's fireworks. In a predictable plot, they fall in love and live happily ever after.

Sundays At Tiffany's is kind of a hard novel to review simply because it's so formulaic. I mean, other than the invisible friend bit, it's the typical boy and girl fall in love, there's a predictable conflict and the resulting resolution. The characters are not especially dimensional, though not altogether unlikable. Basically, for what I would call an "airplane paperback", it's not a bad read.


  1. Hi Chrissey!
    My sister and I had common invisible friends. We still talk about them. Also, one of my students did her multi-genre research project on Audrey Hepburn and it was beautiful! I'll have to order Breakfast at Tiffany's from Netflix soon, I sort of forget it. I love it that you buy books at Fred Meyer! Isn't it amazing how we gravitate to books no matter where we are? Thank you for all your nice comments on my blog.

  2. Oh yes, Pom Pom, I can find books anywhere. I can spot them from a mile away!

    Breakfast At Tiffany's is great, but if you want a real delight, make sure to watch Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. That was my first Audrey movie and I secretly love it the most. :)

  3. Hey Chrissey,

    Pom Pom is my Aunt and I started to follow your blog from hers. I am an english major and love to read too! I also had an imaginary friend, Bob Knutzen. This might be a book to read during school. I like to have some easy reads as a treat to get away from text books. I enjoy your reviews!

    p.s. If you liked the imaginary friend thing, you should watch the movie Drop Dead Fred. Its pretty obscure, but all about imaginary friends!

  4. So the invisible friend has...substance? If they had a child, would he be opaque?

    And I want to see Roman Holiday just to see people zipping around on little scooters.

  5. Hey Bear, nice to meet you! I watched Drop Dead Fred multiple times in my youth. :D I love that movie!