The Cactus

The Cactus

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK New York Times Bestseller "Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will love The Cactu s." —Red magazine In this charming and poignant debut, one woman's unconventional journey to finding love means learning to embrace the unexpected. For Susan Green, messy emotions don't fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an "interpersonal arrangement" that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her indolent brother. As Susan's due date draws near and her dismantled world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781488078729
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Jan 18, 2021

If you like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will enjoy this as well.

IndyPL_BethanyA Jul 07, 2020

A 2019 pick from Reece Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club, The Cactus tells the story of Susan, used to a very orderly life, experiencing the death of her mother and an unexpected pregnancy in a very short period of time. Susan has to navigate major changes, with help from some unexpected new friends. Fans of The Office may make comparisons between Susan and Angela. The ending was a bit rushed and far-fetched after understanding Susan's character, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

May 14, 2020

Loved this audiobook!!!

Gina_Vee Apr 10, 2020

I love how practical the main character is in this one.

ArapahoeKristy Jan 21, 2020

I enjoyed getting to know the characters as this story unfolded. It went at a good pace and kept my interest throughout. If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant or Evvie Drake Starts Over I think you will enjoy this book as well!

Dec 28, 2019

March 4 Book Club

Oct 12, 2019

I do like a socially awkward protagonist.

Sep 02, 2019

This book reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Susan was interesting to read about and I liked how details were slowly revealed as we went, not all at once. I wasn't a fan of her very quick choice right at the end, otherwise it was a good read.

Jul 27, 2019

If anyone is considering reading this story, don't let my underwhelming initial reactions to the story sway you. Stay to the end of my review, because I promise it got better and obviously my thoughts are completely subjective.

The Cactus has been compared to a couple of books that feature protagonists that are on the autism spectrum. When examining closely, it's simply The Cactus's main character that in some form or another compares to the protagonists from those aforementioned stories, not the story itself. Although it is never confirmed, it did seem to me as if Susan Green was quite possibly situated somewhere on the spectrum.

Since I've already acknowledged the comparisons, I will also say that I have enjoyed some of those books that this one has been likened to, but where I connected on some level to the former protagonists, I struggled to connect with Susan. While I don't feel it is imperative to connect with every character to enjoy a story, it sure helps move the story along. This may be the reason that the first two-thirds of the story moved rather slowly for me. The writing was great with an intriguing story line and secondary characters, but with a rather stodgy lead as the narrator, it made for a lumbering pace at times. I often felt for Susan's self-inflicted dilemmas, as well as those thrust upon her, yet I also struggled with true empathy for her character due to her pedantic delivery. I'll admit that it was easy-going and non-judgmental Rob, the evolution of Susan's character, and the promise of their friendship/romance that kept me reading.

I'm pleased that I continued with the slower and mildly enjoyable beginning, because after the first two-thirds something magical happened and I became entranced and smitten. Those chapters flew by and I couldn't put the story down. The humor came alive, the romance sweetened, and the generally prickly Susan (hence, the title), softened. The fabulous final one-third made the time I invested in this book completely worth it. I closed the book with a gigantic smile on my face.

(Note: While I read a paperback of this story, I had a friend who listened to the audio book. She loved the story from beginning to end. It made me wonder if the audio narrator helped better connect the listener to Susan. Just a random, possibly helpful, thought.)

Jan 21, 2019

This was an excellent novel. If you enjoyed "A Man Called Ove", you'' most likely enjoy this one as well.

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