Blog Tour – The Bit in Between


The Bit In Between by Claire Varley, Macmillan Australia, $29.99

First Impressions:

The bright colours and text people are intriguing on the book cover. Plus, I had a chuckle when I read the tag line, ‘Writing a love story is a lot easier than living one.’

About this book:

There are seven billion people in the world. This is the story of two of them.

After an unfortunate incident in an airport lounge involving an immovable customs officer, a full jar of sun-dried tomatoes, quite a lot of vomit, and the capricious hand of fate, Oliver meets Alison. In spite of this less than romantic start, Oliver falls in love with her.

Immediately. Inexplicably. Irrevocably.

With no other place to be, Alison follows Oliver to the Solomon Islands where he is planning to write his much-anticipated second novel. But as Oliver’s story begins to take shape, odd things start to happen and he senses there may be more hinging on his novel than the burden of expectation. As he gets deeper into the manuscript and Alison moves further away from him, Oliver finds himself clinging to a narrative that may not end with; happily ever after.

My review:

The two main characters are unique and lively, with strong voices of their own. The story showed the two very different lives intertwining, even when they were living fairly separate lives, their bond to be together stayed strong. I enjoyed how part way through the novel, the main character Oliver found what he wrote started to occur in reality. As a writer, I always think that I should write about winning the lottery in the hope that it will happen in real life!

The author really brought to life the unique traits of the different characters. From Alison’s ex, Ed, the travelling flirtatious self-centered hippie. To Oliver’s overbearing mother, who loves to promote girls she approves for him to date, while he is living with and dating Alison. She even mails him toilet paper, just in case you can’t buy toilet paper at The Solomon Island’s. To Alison’s new friend, Sera, who is soft and sweet.

I also really liked how the author included inside snippets of background to new characters that were introduced throughout the story.

Some really laugh out loud scenes are a great touch too, here’s an example:

‘Alison climbed out of the taxi, looked around and then quickly yanked one side of her bathers out of her bum. She hadn’t realised when she put the bathers on that they hadn’t been properly washed since she last went to the beach and the crotch was still full of sand.’

and …

‘Oliver looked at the young man. He leant forward. ‘We were terrible, weren’t we?’

The young man looked at his hands shyly.

‘You can be honest.’

‘Yes. Terrible. My ears hurt.’ He looked at the wood block lying there on the table between them. ‘How can something so small make such a noise?’

Now, you are reading this out of context. Go read the book, so you can understand why I literally laughed out loud, when I read the above.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for asking me to be apart of Claire Varley’s blog tour and sending me a copy of her very first published book. I look forward to ready more of this author’s books to come. You can follow Claire Varley’s blog by clicking here.

The Bit In Between by Claire Varley, Macmillan Australia, $29.99

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