As You Were by Elaine Feeney is about a young woman, Sinéad, who is in hospital. The only “people” who she has confided in about her real reason for being there are Google and a magpie! This is her story and is billed as “wildly funny and desperately tragic”. She is in a mixed ward with some very “mixed” people.
It did take me a while to get into Sinéad’s story. Indeed I’m not fully sure I really ever managed it. The narrative bounces around with great energy. Sometimes it is narrative, sometimes it is far more “stream of consciousness”. It certainly is a modern style of writing.
I found myself becoming really engaged with parts of As You Were. Often this was the “tragic” parts – some were introspective, others were about events. On the other hand parts simply left me disinterested and I find it hard to work out exactly why. I guess it is probably the style of the writing. Personally I found it hard to read given the sudden switches in topic, style etc. There is no doubt that some will love this book. I certainly wanted to when I started it however it didn’t really work for me.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review