When Robert Paul is laid off from his job, he writes a novel entitled "A perfect day" based on the last few months his wife and her father spent together as he died of cancer. The story becomes a huge success and Robert finds himself swept into a world far from his family and home. As their relationship crumbles, Robert files for divorce, only to have his plans derailed by a peculiar encounter at a book signing.
The premise of A Perfect Day is fairly simple. Robert, a happily married family man gets fired from his job. So, he decides to go back to his dream of writing and tries to finish his first novel. His novel is based on his wife, Allyson's, relationship with her father and what she had to go through while he dealt with cancer. Rob's book becomes a huge, best-selling hit, the fame starts going to his head, and he starts being a douche. Really, there's no other way to put it. He then finds out that he only has a few months to live and has to try to make everything right between him and his wife. (And before some of you get upset and say that I ruined the whole book, trust me, this is all in the inside flap of the book. I try not to be douche and give away spoilers myself because I hate it when people do that in a review I'm reading.)
Since I did see the movie first, I already knew most of the surprises in the book and oddly enough the movie was very close to the book. But still, I enjoyed A Perfect Day. It gave more of an insight into the Rob and Allyson relationship than the movie did and you could see more of Allyson's side in the book as opposed to the movie where she starts to become the nagging wife a bit too quickly (still I liked her). Again, I'm not a romance fan at all, but I really did like their relationship and found myself "awwing" in a few of the parts. However, it didn't make me cry, but I'm usually one of those that cries when something is terribly sad in a book, not when something is terribly happy and heartwarming. So, all in all, A Perfect Day was a pretty sweet and heartwarming book and while the movie was a bit more Christmas than the book, the book can still be classified as a holiday read if you want it to be, but you can still read it at any time of the year if you hate reading Christmas books at non-Christmas times. Also, check out the movie as it was also really great (plus, Rob Lowe and Paget Brewster, yay!) and while I don't think I'll re-read A Perfect Day, I will re-watch the movie countless times throughout the Christmas season.
A man writes a best selling novel based on his wife's experience with her dying father, when the book becomes a best-seller after being rejected by several publishers, he forgets everyone and everything but his book. Dumps his family, the publisher who believed in him....Typical human reactions that probably hit a little to close to home for some folks.
Wanted to read this book because it sounded like a great book.
Starts out with the husband Robert losing his job in the sales department. He writes instead and loves the story and others have read it and love it.
Agents don't like it so he gets a manual job. Then one reads it and he is on his way to success on the large scale. She sends him away from home for 4 weeks as he does signings and tv shows.
His daughter Carson takes it hard that he's away that long and his wife although she talks to him, it's not the same as being with him. The story is about the time his wife spends with her father when they find out he's dying.
He kept lingering on, way past the expectations til Robert talked to him about how he loved his daughter.
He also has a hard time dealing with being away from home and the success.
Things get even harder and a man tells him something only he knows. From there he has choices to make, something that can ease the pain.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
In it, a wannabe novelist hits the big time after appropriating his wife's story of her last days with her dying father, and their supposedly perfect union begins to dissolve under the pressures of celebrity. He goes off on a four-week book tour (which probably ought to be banned by the Geneva Convention) and finds he enjoys the perks while she stays home in Utah with their 6-year-old daughter and feels sorry for herself because he's away,pushing his book up the Best Seller List.
At every opportunity, they undermine each other. He doesn't seem to have the backbone to tell his publisher that he absolutely has to have a mid-tour break; she never suggests the notion of meeting him somewhere along the route for a little together-time. (Example -- he finds himself in New York for Thanksgiving week because he has an absolutely vital Monday morning meeting, and notes with what Evans tells us is regret that he will miss his daughter's Thanksgiving Pageant on Tuesday. Why? Don't westbound planes depart New York several times a day? Then, first thing Monday morning, he discovers the meeting has been cancelled. Does he hie to the airport and grab the next flight for home? No, he hangs around until Wednesday afternoon bemoaning the fact that he's missing the family holiday.)
Evans never shows when he can tell, and his choppy chapter structure prevents the narrative flow from ever gathering strength. Then, about halfway through the narrative, the story takes a hard right into woo-woo land when Our Author meets an angel who tells him he will be dead by New Year's and of course, like Ebenezer Scrooge (but with less verbiage) he is transformed by the experience.
Nope. Just not my thing.
He meets a "messenger", Michael in a Starbucs who leads him to believe he only has 40 days to live. In the following 40 days, he truly finds out what is important in life.
It was a great book, with a predictable, yet somehow unexpected ending.