The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Michelle Holman
Publisher & Pages: HarperCollins, 368 pages
Blurb: What would happen if an Angel decided to play Devil’s Advocate?
After a head-on collision between a glamorous sports car and a serviceable but very plain little car, a kind-hearted angel does a swap in Heaven’s waiting room.
A short, feisty rugby-loving schoolteacher gets a second chance and finds herself in hospital in the body of a tall, glamorous, philandering American wife. She has a wealthy, drop-dead gorgeous husband who looks as if he’s just stepped out of a romance novel – but for some reason he can’t stand the sight of her.
She thinks she’s gone crazy, and if she tells anyone they’ll know she has … and lock her up. They’ll think she’s bonkers. And she can’t run away and hide: she’s got a broken leg.
Highlight: It’s certainly a unique plot.
Caution: The character’s voices felt sort of flat at some points (but only in relation to the situations they were in – so I guess this isn’t really a Caution at all.)
Highlight: Fully developed characters.
Review: Short version: Lisa dies and comes back to life. Long version: Lisa dies and come back to life in the body of the woman who killed her. If that isn’t sucky enough, her new body is completely different to her old one – she was short, now she’s 5 feet and 9 inches. She was “Miss two-backs” and now she actually has boobs – boobs so big that at first she thinks they’re implants. And instead of her short blonde curls? Nope, now she has long black hair. But hey, it’s not so bad. Not when you consider that she has to work to get the body better.
Lisa is a funny character. She’s spunky, she’s a real Kiwi woman who embraces things as they come. She has a great sense of humour and she’s totally relatable, which is odd considering I haven’t died and come back in another person’s body. But Lisa just soldiers on, and I really loved her.
I think it helped that Bonkers is set in New Zealand. Not many books are set in my home country so it was a pleasant surprise that this one was. I loved how accurate almost every aspect was.
I loved this book so much, and to be honest I struggle to find anything wrong with it. The quality of writing is exceptional and the characters have each been developed completely so they come across as real people, not just filler characters like some books have. Each character has families, social lives, quirks and habits of their own, and I am in awe. I wish I could develop my characters that well.
I don’t actually have many complaints about this story. This is an exceptional piece of work. It was a fun, easy read and very enjoyable. My only complaint is that at some times the characters voices felt a little flat, but I assume that was because of how they were reacting to the situations that they were in.
Overall, I love this book.
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Available in: Paperback, Kindle