Title: The Map of Us
Author: Jules Preston
Publication date: 4th May 2018
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
The Map of Us tells the story of Tilly North, a statistician whose marriage is falling apart which she tries to repair through numbers, and her grandmother Violet North, abandoned by her family due to a long and difficult illness. The relationship between grandmother and granddaughter is bound by an old blue typewriter and a series of unfinished children’s books that Tilly is about to discover.
It’s not often that I come across a book with such a distinct style of writing so I was pleasantly surprised with the choppy and quirky narrative. However, it wasn’t quite for me; the story line was monotonous and the characters too flat for my liking.
Around halfway into the book the reader starts to understand the direction the story is following and the characters’ plot lines begin to intertwine. I enjoyed Tilly’s story and the Compatibility Index that she ultimately designs to explain why her marriage is failing. Looking back, I also think that the author revealed the link between Tilly and Violet in a very clever way and it was a joy following Tilly in her adventure to pursue her grandmother’s tales.
This was an uplifting and inspiring book and I wish that I was more patient at the start rather than rushing to understand from the beginning how the characters are connected. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different and is able to look past the short chapters and unconventional writing style.