Book Review: Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

Posted November 2, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Fishbowl by Bradley SomerFishbowl by Bradley Somer
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 4th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
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A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and the other woman; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building's super who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest who craves a forbidden ice cream sandwich; the shut-in for whom dirty talk, and quiche, are a way of life; and home-schooled Herman, a boy who thinks he can travel through time. Though they share time and space, they have something even more important in common: each faces a decision that will affect the course of their lives. Within the walls of the Seville are stories of love, new life, and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become. Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives. As Ian the goldfish knows,

“Fishbowl” by Bradley Somer is a light and enjoyable read. Ian is a goldfish that lives on the top floor of the 27 story apartment building. Ian was a gift from Connor from Katie. Ian plummets from the balcony of the apartment tower. The main characters of this story are Connor and Katie. Katie tends to fall in love quickly with guys that are oh so very wrong for her. Connor is definitely a bad boy.

This story wasn’t as good as it could have been. I think the story probably would have been better as a short story and just kept it simple and about Ian. Since the story was more about everyone else it was long and drawn out where it didn’t need to be. Katie and Connor where dull characters to me. I didn’t find any connection to them at all. I think the story could have been better. It just wasn’t executed in the right way.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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