Friday, December 13

Book Review: The Odds: A Love Story

Title: The Odds: A Love Story

Author: Stewart O'Nan

Pages: 179

Summary: It's Valentine's weekend, and Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland home for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching for closure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings and book a bridal suite at the Fall's ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all on the roulette wheel to fix their finances and save their marriage.

My Rating: 2.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: To say I disliked this book is a bit of an understatement, I was just happy to finish the book in the end. For a love story, it lacks any sort of love or compassion between the two characters. They were too flat, emotionless characters, that had little personality, that I failed to see any kind of love or meaningful relationship between them.

The overall plot was also very underwhelming, as they attempted to fix their failed relationship and financial issues by going to Niagara falls and gambling in the casino. The author made a few references to some of the tourist spots to the main strip, but otherwise it didn't have any depth or expanded interest to where it was set, it could have been any place with a casino really and the outcome would have been the same. It was suppose to be a romantic setting, but the book failed to bring the romantic feel of Niagara falls to light.

The ending, was too cliché, but I didn't care by that point, because I was just happy to be finished with the book.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I wouldn't recommend this book to read.

What to read next: I'm not sure, anything really would be a good choice after this book.

Challenges: 2013 Category Challenge


  1. I had to quit it. So depressing. Just awful. Yet I loved his Emily, Alone.

    1. I'm not sure if I'll check out the authors other books. But maybe it's the case this one was just a dud?