Two by Two

Two by Two

Book - 2016
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"At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter, and struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-- one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined"
Publisher: New York, New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781455520695
Characteristics: 485 pages ;,22 cm.


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Russell Green is living the dream., but underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear. In a matter of months, Russ has to struggle to adapt to a new and baffling reality, embarking on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-- one that will test his... Read More »

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Sep 18, 2017

While it was predictable and slow-moving, it is an interesting read. Russ goes into much detail about his thoughts as he grapples with his roles as father, husband, brother, professional and friend. Life demands much of us, but then, if we cope with those challenges with love, hope & selflessness (and sometimes selfishness when that is needed), rewards us with a different kind of richness than we knew before.

Jun 05, 2017

I loved this book but I did find the first part of it a little longer than was completely necessary. Overall it was a great story and I would highly recommend it.

Mar 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this book.

Mar 27, 2017

I am usually a fan of Sparks but didn't really enjoy this book at all. Story line was weak and I didn't like the digs he took at peoples beliefs. We should all be able to believe as we wish.

Mar 21, 2017

I enjoyed the story and the idea behind this book, but it took me awhile to get into it. The book is almost 500 pages long, and I did not feel that it needed that many pages to achieve the story line. I kept reading at the beginning because although I wasn't in love with the story I was intrigued.

The story line of Russ and his daughter is done very well. The book has you rooting for them the entire time. There were other twists and turns thrown in with his family and personal life throughout the book that kept the story moving along. Again, I think it could have achieved the same result in less pages, but overall I did enjoy this book. I agree with the other reviewers who said the second half of the book is better. Most novels by Spark immediately capture my attention and I can't put them down. However, I did not feel the same way about this book until I was about 250/300 pages into it.

Mar 20, 2017

I made it through 75 pages of this book and cannot finish it . I love Sparks books, but this one was frustrating. I do not enjoy seeing a married couple fighting.

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 05, 2017

I know that a lot of people make fun of reading Nicholas Sparks, but somehow he still gets me every time. In Two by Two, he writes an engaging novel that usually makes you cry at some point, but I definitely liked it - like I always do.

Mar 04, 2017

I really disliked this book. It was predictable, slow moving and the main character was such a wimp!! Grow a pair will you. I skimmed most of this book when I should have quit reading it a few chapters in. Not what I am used to from this author. What a disappointment.

Feb 22, 2017

This book was beautifully written and I found it to be incredibly relatable to a real-life situation. Compared to other books with more dramatic turns of events and excitement, this book may be considered a slower pace but for the situation and the story line I thought the pace fit the book perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and the characters and how genuine and honest the story was written. He is one of my favorite authors.

Jan 27, 2017

I found it frustrating to read about Russ and his struggles with Vivian. Russ seemed to be a bit clueless, especially at the beginning and Vivian was not a credit to our sex. She was extremely inconsistent. Perhaps that was the problem. Anyway, it was refreshing to find that the book also spent quite some time focusing on Russ and his sister Marge and the crisis in her life.

This book was much better than "See Me". I felt empathy for Russ and enjoyed getting to know his family better as well as his friend Emily. The family relationship was heartwarming and their experiences led to some tears, but I was not nearly as moved as I had been in the past by books like "a Walk to Remember".

I will most likely pick up the next Sparks book when it comes out and see if he continues to trend back toward the highs of the past.

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Sep 18, 2017

"At any given time, I am not the whole me; I am but a partial version of myself and each version is slightly different from the others. But each of these versions of me, I now believe, has always had someone by his side. I'd survived the year because I'd been able to march two by two with those I loved the most."

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