on May 5, 2012 :
"Have A Nice Weekend" by Ian Ellis details the mundane life of Will, a middle-aged, divorced, lonely Englishman living in a single flat. Ellis guides the reader from Will's present less-than-ideal circumstances back to his childhood friendships, the day he met his future wife, the birth of his first child, and the day his wife told him to "get out" in order to demonstrate Will's character strengths and flaws. I found it very difficult to be sympathetic toward Will. It seems his internal monologue is constantly harping on his lack of ambition (while placing the blame for his dead-end job/life/attitude elsewhere) and the numerous excuses he invents to keep things status quo, even when it places his family life in jeopardy, gets very tiresome. When Ellis wrote from Abi's (Will's wife's) point of view at intervals, I cringed at the "stereotypical" unhappy nagging housewife caricature.
As a whole, the novel did well at detailing the mundane thoughts/actions people carry on in the day-to-day without making the story as a whole boring, and I regard that as one of the author's achievements. In terms of the ending of the book and my overall satisfaction as a reader with the resolution, I was left wanting more and felt the ending very hollow. I recommend giving "Have A Nice Weekend" a read though, and see how much you agree with Will's views on life.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on April 26, 2012 :
Will Frampton is spending a lonely Saturday doing nothing but thinking about his life past and present. Will has only ever had one girlfriend and her married. Then Will was a devoted husband and tried to be a doting father too. Now Will is a divorced father of two children. He looks back at his life and wonders how he ended up here. He tries to see his life thru his wife's eyes but fails to understand her complaints. He's had the same job for the past twenty years even though he complains about. His ex-wife Abi thinks of him as pathetic and uninspired. His best friend Andy is successful in his life and would love to be a family man just hasn't met the right someone yet. Yet Will had everything Andy wanted and more. Can Will see where his life's going? Can Will find a new outlook on life? Can Will see Abi's point of view? Will he become apart of his children's lives again? Your answers await you in Have A Nice Weekend.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on April 24, 2012 :
Author: Ian Ellis
Published By: Night Publishing, Smashwords Edition
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4 our of 5
Blog Review For: Librarything
"Have a Nice Weekend" by Ian Ellis was indeed an interesting
realistic fiction read definitely from the male viewpoint. This novel is a very emotional excursion and the wows of this marriage of Will and Abi. Just who was right and or wrong in this union will have one really why do we left things get to this situation? In this novel be ready for some humor, and much sadness.
The characters were really off the chart...Mr. Petal..the racist and then his best friend Andy...who ended up with ? Will who was generally a lonely person...quirky''..had a boring job that he hated...And then there is Abi... Will's wife....always wanting more out of life..than Will wanted. He just wants a simple life....There is a dinner party that was so funny that you will only have to read "Have a Nice Weekend" to check it out!
After reading and thinking about this novel it is one that can be related to in more ways that one. I saw that it wasn't very easy not to take sides of these two people. You could see that the D word was definitely in the making. You will ask yourself just how could this have happen...even after being warned. I especially enjoyed the ending in that Will finally makes some progress in dealing with a divorce, his children, Andy and looking forward to changing his life for the better.
The author did a fantastic and wonderful job with this novel going from the past to the present keeping the reader wanting to know what was to come next.
For anyone who has loved and lost this good read "Have A Nice Weekend" would be for you.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Will is a happy-go-lucky guy with a working class upbringing and attitude. He's just a plain old Joe with no lofty expectations. At work he meets Abi, a go-getter girl from the "better" part of town, who knows exactly what she wants.
As it sometimes happens in life, the odd-ball couple hit it off and got married, mainly due to Abi's overtures and efforts. They settle down to married life, which doesn’t turn out too idyllic for either of them. Abi, the go-getter, is always pushing for more in life and for Will to be more, which goes against his grain. He doesn't have aspirations, just wants to get on with living life day by day, getting the most out of life with what he has.
They eventually have two children, but by the time the kids had grown into teenagers, the strain of their marriage had simply become too much for Abi to bear. And that’s when it happened. One evening Will returns home and finds Abi waiting for him, having already packed his bags!
What to do now?
This is an engaging work of fiction with the well and woes of a typical couple's relationship at its core. It's a great read! I especially love the characters’ real-life flaws and how “average” they are, which makes them so easy to relate to. Ian Ellis brilliantly depicts the age-old conflict and misunderstanding between the genders in a modern day setting. Although the language is somewhat crude at times, it is true to the characters and times of this story, and not over done. I also liked the fact that there is no hype; just true-life actions and dialogue.
This book provides a relaxing, engaging read, suitable for both men and women. (David Fritz)
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)
on Oct. 9, 2011 :
This is a surprising read - not what I'd expected. It's an emotional journey - loneliness and the trials and tribulations of a marriage between Will and Abi - and its breakdown. Neither of them are wholly in the right, neither are wholly in the wrong.
It is life.
(reviewed the day of purchase)