Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
September 1st, 2015
My local library
Everyone’s expecting her to walk down the aisle.
But something is telling her to run.
Emma Moon’s mother thinks it’s acceptable to miss her only daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner for a work obligation. Her father left when she was six months old. Emma hasn’t exactly been raised to be a happily-ever-after kind of girl.
So when her anxieties get out of hand, Emma and her best friend, Liv, decide to take a road trip to San Francisco, find her long-lost father, and put her family issues to rest.
But her quest for the truth stirs up events and emotions she didn’t expect. The urge to run away may just be a part of Emma’s genetic makeup, because she’s growing more and more tempted to do just that…
Cold Feet is not my typically-loved genre (contemporary women’s fiction) but it was surprisingly good. It’s got a nice balance of self-deprecating humor and snark, as well as some groaner puns. But mostly it’s a journey of self-discovery without all the cheesy Hallmark tropes that such a phrase brings to mind.
Emma is believably burdened with emotional baggage, and although I couldn’t relate to her quirks or the childhood that created them, her willful ignorance of her own brokenness was universal. This is one of those awesome rare cases where something horrible in real life (that’s usually marginalized or turned into a cutesy character trait in literature) is treated with respect and an eye toward the plausible. Emma’s reactions to events may seem at times overly dramatic, but she never comes across as self-centered.
I also think the ending was handled very well, and in such a way that made sense. This book isn’t about absolutes, or one-size-fits-all-scenarios rules. It’s about overcoming fear and accepting all the myriad bits of your life as valid and equal contributions to the whole.