Year 13, Book 31

31. The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Paul is a nineteen year old boy who falls in love and has an affair with his middle aged tennis partner. Defying odds they do manage to stay together for a number of years but the relationship becomes much more than he bargained for when she becomes a severe alcoholic. I wasn’t expecting the second half of this book that focused on the alcoholism, but neither did I enjoy it. I am also really over reading about white college boys from decades past as if these old white man authors are reliving some past glory. I give this a 4 out of 10.

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