Fiction

Something to Live For by Richard Roper

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About the Book

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

What I thought

This book was an absolute joy to read.  I enjoyed every page of it.  However this is one you have to read yourself and so I don’t want to say too much about the actual plot.  I just think it would spoil the book.  The story unfolds gradually and you should enjoy each delightful little bit of it as it unfolds.

It’s a book about loneliness, missed opportunities, sadness and loss.  As the reader is taken through the story we soon realise it’s not just Andrew the protagonist in the story that lives a lonely life but there are so many people out there who live alone and don’t speak to anyone from one week to the next so that when they pass on, there’s no one to mourn their loss, no one to miss them or to even notice they’re not around any more.

Now that doesn’t sound like the most compelling of reads does it?  In fact on the face of it, it really does sound pretty depressing.  However it’s written with a great deal of humour.  It is never disrespectful but there is much to smile and chuckle at along the way.  Andrew works for the local council, I won’t say what his job is but the colleagues he works with feature in the book most of the way through, and in particular Peggy.  Peggy and Andrew go out on jobs together and its through work that they gradually form a very close friendship.  Their humour plays off one another to the great entertainment of the reader.

There are serious undercurrents to the story, not least the extreme anxiety and panic attacks that Andrew occasionally suffers.  Sometimes the story will have you cringing at some of the things that Andrew says or does, other times you will be crossing all your fingers and toes that things go well for him.  Sometimes you will definitely shed a tear or two, but there will almost always be something to make you smile and perhaps be grateful for the people in your own life.  We do indeed all need something to live for.

I would give this book 10 stars if I could. 5 stars for making me laugh and brightening up my days and 5 stars for such a sensitively written book.  To combine both humour and sensitivity is surely worthy of all those stars.  Brilliant book – go buy it.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


The book is available to pre-order on Amazon and is out for publication on 27 June available on Kindle and in hardback.

With thanks to the publishers Orion Books for an advanced copy via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

8 thoughts on “Something to Live For by Richard Roper

  1. Oooh I was so close to downloading this but made the mistake of reading some Goodreads reviews first, which were a proper mixed bag. It’s definitely going on my TBR pile now though.

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