Letters to My Future Husband by Lisa McKendrickThis book is a mess. A really really big mess, starting with a stupid title (and dumber tag) and continuing on at just about every level. It stacked up until I just couldnt any more at a third in. The title and tag are probably the biggest misstep, if only because they set expectations that are disposed of by chapter two (where the letters stop, never to be heard from again).
I cant decide if Sophies mother is suppose to be read as funny or psychotic because everybody around her (including Sophies dad) treat her outbursts like theyre just amusing quirks. But her mother is a mean-spirited, destructive harpy with a cynical view of everybody around her and nothing but critical denigration for her daughter. That degree of outright evil needed to be shut down by at least somebody for me to take this book seriously. These are, after all, supposed to be faithfully Christian folks and allowing that degree of tearing down to happen to a defenseless child (Sophie when young, and who knows how many others) is irresponsible and partakes of the evil itself if allowed to progress long enough. So when the narrative voice implies that we should find her father patient and kind, I want to barf. That idiot failed in his first duty to his children by reproducing with the human dung-pile and after that disaster, by not taking every measure he could to keep her far, far away from everything innocent and good in the world—starting with his own children.
I could almost have tolerated that as background but then we get narrative jumps at random times that break the flow and pacing all to crap. I suppose its a mark of talent that McKendrick had me engaged with Peter and Sophie in their couple hours of interaction so far that I really wanted them to see how it would go. But then Id have to take it away again for her breaking that to smithereens by having another Ten years later pop up. Seriously? Ten years just like that? That breaks everything that had been established, and not the least of it is making Peter look like a complete noodle for not tracking Sophie down. It wouldnt have been hard, she gave him enough clues that he could have found a way at least see if theyd fit as well as he (and the reader) suspected.
And then theres the idiot Hanno. I completely hated Sophies hang-up on the using jerkface. It wasnt like it was hard to see that he was as shallow as a painted puddle. And Sophie going along with him as long as she did made her feel like a limper noodle than Peter. So having him be the center of events again (after the latest time jump) just pissed me right off. Because you just know that even though this is his actual wedding, hes the kind of impervious weasel who might just make a belated play for Sophie, again!
The final straw was arranging for Sophie to be engaged after the jump and when she meets Peter again. So now were going to have stupid persistent barriers that amount to I committed to a great guy who, yeah, doesnt float my boat, it turns out, but hes so nice. And Im just so not interested in a bunch of stupidity built around that flimsy basis. Because we know shell end up with Peter because we saw those sparks. And we know hes a good guy and that theyre going to be perfect for each other. So every good thing we learn about the other guy is going to grate. And every bad thing we learn about him is going to grate even more (because why the heck is she with someone who doesnt fit her the way Peter does?!?).
I think it comes down to being engaged with the characters and McKendrick seems to have gone out of her way to keep me from engaging with either. The big time jumps and the setup that seems designed for adding stupid barriers fills me with dread instead of anticipation so Im going to stop before the train hits the brick wall.
Dear Future Wife
An Open Letter To My Future Wife: How I Plan To Make You Happy Every Day Of Your Life
I hope you stick around because I love you. To keep you away from the rude vile disgusting creatures that we sometimes call human. But to also introduce and together find those who are worthy of your time, energy, and perfection. I hope you stick around because I want to grow old with you. Because my beautiful wife will only get better with age like a fine wine.
I would like to write you this little note just to tell you and show you how much I love you and how you brighten up my every day. I am so happy that we have found each other on this earth, our home, and our new beginnings.
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A LETTER TO MY FUTURE WIFE (FOR SINGLES AND WAITING FOR THE RIGHT ONE)
The first time I knew that I would fall in love and get married one day was when I was 5-years-old. When I was diagnosed with autism at 4 my entire life changed. I went from a life of not knowing what was wrong and why I had limited speech to therapy appointments to help me become the man I am today. I now travel from state to state speaking on overcoming obstacles with autism and you often travel to these events with me along the way as my 1 fan in the audience. I went from never wanting to be touched as a kid due to sensory overload to a life where I embrace affection.
Whether you are reading this before you meet me, or stumble upon it after, I want you to know a few things. Let this letter be a promise to you that I will do my best to be the man I want to be for you. I may not yet know all of the difficulties that come with a lifetime commitment, but I have enough relationship experience to know what I want and how I picture my life with the person I will commit to: you. Those around me are a continuous source of education and inspiration on how I want our relationship to be. So here and today, I vow to try my best to do the following:. I promise to do my best to make you beam daily, so count on many surprises. Your smile will be my priority.
I found myself thinking about you today. Actually I find myself thinking about you more and more. The very idea of you provides a much needed break from the pressures of dating, relationships and life. In the midst of it all — the thought of you calms and refreshes me — makes me smile, in spite of my situation and surroundings. I go out and have fun but the idea of you and our future together is always in my thoughts.