Review: Tolu Popoola’s Nothing Comes Close
The aim of the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop is to make participants better writers, but for me it has done a lot more than that. My writing improved after I participated in the workshop, but my appetite for creatively written books, articles and even movies became huge as well. Tolulope Popoola’s Nothing Comes Close is a book that I enjoyed reading, not only because of the story but because it was well written.
Tolulope Popoola is a good communicator. Her writing connects readers to the story in a way that makes it easy to relate to the characters. I particularly like her description of objects and events, and how they are tied into the story effortlessly. I think she is a writer who has taken a lot in from her environment and has articulately used it to tell a story in a beautiful way.
The book is about Lola, a young Nigerian woman living in the UK. She’s got four girlfriends each with her own dynamic personality and relationship issues, but great friends nonetheless.
Along came Wole, she loves him, he loves her too, but it will not be that simple. Riveting secrets, intruding sister, murder charge and a friend’s death are few of the many things they will have to deal with.
The characters are quite familiar, almost all of the characters reminded me of someone I know, and that is one of the things I love about the book. The lead characters are also well developed for the plot. I would have loved to see more of Naija culture sprinkled here and there in the story though.
The story is also captivating, I was really eager to know how it will all end. My prediction turned out wrong though, I was actually hoping there will be a more dramatic ‘no-happy-ending’ turn of events. But the unpredictability added a tasty spice to the story. I find the end a bit mushy, but I guess it will be the delight of some readers especially the hopeless romantics.
I have this habit of picturing books I like as a movie in my mind. Nothing Comes Close is a book I will really love to see as a movie, I can actually picture the characters and scenes in my mind already! I hope that day will come.
How to get your copy;
Read excerpt : http://www.onwritingandlife.com/2012/03/book-excerpt.html
Pre-Order offer: http://www.accomplishpress.com/pre-orders/
Tolulope Popoola blogs at http://www.onwritingandlife.com
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