Review of ‘It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend’ (Wouldn’t it?) by Sophie Ranald

It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't it?)It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend by Sophie Ranald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ellie and her younger sister, Rose, share a flat. Anyone looking at them could tell they were sisters, but there the similarity ends. Rose is slim, elegant, and attractive and spends an inordinate amount of money in keeping up her appearance. She attracts a succession of wealthy men, but the relationships never last. Ellie on the other hand, has no real interest in her looks and thinks it wrong that her sister makes so many sacrifices to keep her looks. Ellie also has Ben, who she tells everyone – Is Not Her Boyfriend!
Ellie has never shown any interest in Rose’s boyfriends, that is until Rose brings Oliver home. Ellie is immediately bowled over by him. He takes her breath away. Ellie confides in her best friend, Claire, who suggests she try to lure Oliver away from Rose. Ellie loses weight, buys a new wardrobe of clothes, changes her job, keeps track of where Oliver goes, all to make herself more attractive to Oliver. Without giving away any more of the plot away, the story then follows Ellie’s ups and downs in her quest to bag Oliver. It is an entertaining, funny story, well written.
Now comes the ‘but’ and in my opinion, a very big ‘BUT’. Why the need to use the ‘C’ word? Was it really necessary to enhance the story? I personally find this word offensive. There are so many other descriptive words to use. I felt that this word was dropped in here and there just for the fun of it. It spoilt what was an otherwise good read and is the reason why I have only given it 2* when it could have warranted more. I am also surprised that a female author feels the need to use such words. The ‘F’ word seems to be creeping in everywhere and seems to be coming acceptable. How soon before the ‘C’ word unfortunately becomes just as acceptable?

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2 responses to “Review of ‘It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend’ (Wouldn’t it?) by Sophie Ranald

  1. I agree, it just isn’t necessary. Don’t people make love anymore , just f… I told my children that it is only people with a very small vocabulary that need to resort to such words. It might be because I am in my 70’s but I have demolished a teenager with a few well chosen words. My husbands used to tell the kids that my tongue was a lethal weapon though I have never sworn.

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  2. Thank you for those comments. It must be an age thing. The older generation don’t need to resort to offensive language to get their point across. It’s the younger generation who seem to feel the need to express themselves in this way

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