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In Next Year, for Sure , we are invited to take a look at how one couple, Kathryn and Chris step into an arena not widely conventional They seem to love each other Their communication is open and honest They aren t afraid to tell each other anything.Couples in love have little crushes with other people but not all take action When Chris tells Kathryn he has a crush on Emily it s Kathryn that takes the next lead She gives Chris her permission and blessing to see Emily Kathryn encou In Next Year, for Sure , we are invited to take a look at how one couple, Kathryn and Chris step into an arena not widely conventional They seem to love each other Their communication is open and honest They aren t afraid to tell each other anything.Couples in love have little crushes with other people but not all take action When Chris tells Kathryn he has a crush on Emily it s Kathryn that takes the next lead She gives Chris her permission and blessing to see Emily Kathryn encourages Chris to ask her out on a date Part of their deal is that Chris will share everything back and be honest with Kathryn.Kathryn believes their love is strong enough to handle a little dalliance Kathryn sends Chris out on a date a non date , with Emily He leaves at 2 30 pm in the afternoon Says he will be back by 11 00pm One of the first thoughts Kathryn has is what could they possibly do for almost nine hours on this non date And can he even stay awake past ten any By early evening.we see Kathryn pacing around her apartment she s already watched the toxic sitcoms many episodes about dating.We can see Kathryn s mind begin to split She gave Chris permission to go out with Emily She wants to want this for him you can see her logically justifying her reasons.at the same time we feel her begin to squirm She does what any normal American female might do.call her close girlfriend She calls Sharon on the phone Chris is on a date, Kathryn says A what With Emily There is a deadness on the line That fucking asshole, Sharon says No, I told him to Right, says Sharon Told him how I told him to ask her out Jesus, Kathryn Why the hell Kathryn doesn t answer She is wondering if she might vomit The smell of the pasta is filling the kitchen She listens to the line Do you want me to come over , Sharon says at last I m fine, Kathryn says I m coming over Don t Twenty minutes Bring wine, Kathryn says Interested to see what happens next I was..take a journey a years journey with an open mind and find out For me, the above dialogue between Kathryn and her friend Sharon on the phone felt very authentic to the situation at hand When the characters were in their experience sharing what was working and what was not working for them, things felt most real to me.There were some parts that fell flat Some of the descriptions were a little too mechanical lacking emotion Yet, OverallI applaud the author for writing a novel on this topic I think she challenges people thinking Zoey L Paterson writes with humor, while asking big questions about long term relationships If readers are uncomfortable or judgemental about what other couples do or don t do a good question to ask oneself is why Why be uncomfortable about what others choose to do Adults have rights couples have choices I remember not that many years ago when people were bitching about gay marriage I remember thinking how would a gay marriage interfere with happiness of my marriage I m not the least bit uncomfortable with adult relationship choices or sexual exchanging of partners What my adult friends choose to do in their bedroom with their partner is up to them Their choices don t hurt my marriage in the least I don t think an ounce less of people who walk on the wild side.It s lies and cheating I want nothing to do with Kudos to Zoey Leigh Peterson To me this entire topic is no different than any other injustice, prejudice, or civil right issue If family and friends turn away from people they know who have poly relationships, it s no different than turning away from people who are black, gay, Jew, or a registered republican you can laugh now But seriously think we might lighten up about sex love and what OTHERS do Thank You Scribner, NetGalley, and Zoey Leigh Peterson Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally I admit, I thought I was in for trouble when reading the first chapter of short story veteran Zoey Leigh Peterson s debut novel, Next Year, For Sure, as we get introduced to a cutesy wootsy patoosie perfect little twentysomething hipster couple, and witness the cutesy wootsy patoosie perfect little twentys Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally I admit, I thought I was in for trouble when reading the first chapter of short story veteran Zoey Leigh Peterson s debut novel, Next Year, For Sure, as we get introduced to a cutesy wootsy patoosie perfect little twentysomething hipster couple, and witness the cutesy wootsy patoosie perfect little twentysomething hipster things that constitute their relationship but then in the very next chapter we get a complicated blow by blow look at the boyfriend s checkered dating history, why all his relationships have ended with the women in his life despising him, and why this genial, shy young man with intimacy issues can t understand why all his ex girlfriends end up despising him, and I suddenly realized, Oh, okay, there s actually something really special going on here in this book, I get it now That special something turns out to be an extra probing, extra complex character study of two noble yet deeply flawed human beings, as they accidentally stumble ass backwards into the perpetual minefield known as polyamory and open relationships, an Olympic pool deep dive into what motivates these two engaging yet terrible yet engaging yet terrible people into getting in the kind of emotionally tangled mess they end up finding themselves in by the halfway point of this book Set in an unnamed hippie friendly town but one that clearly feels like a Pacific Northwest destination like Portland, the clear standout in this relationship is actually the woman Kathryn, a former childhood member of a religious cult who is now a fairly normal grown up but prone to occasional bizarre, self destructive behavior she s been in a seemingly perfect if not boring as hell relationship for nine years now with the meek, genteel, sexually confused Chris, one based on such a bedrock of honesty that one of their favorite activities is admitting to each other when they get a crush on someone else But when one of these crushes on the part of Chris turns into aongoing fascination he s finding hard to let go of, Kathryn for some reason encourages him to actually ask her out on a date and then go out on that date and essentially the rest of the book is a powerful and poetic look at why she would do such a thing and what the fallout of that date is, a story that sometimes goes in expected directions but often in unexpected ones, and certainly with the main point being to get a deep inside out look at the people involved and what makes them tick, and not necessarily for the slow moving plot or to make a moral pronouncement either pro or con about the subject of polyamory itself sorry, poly fans who were hoping this book would be a manifesto for your lifestyle.As a guy who loves dense character studies but who rarely comes across books of that type that are truly impressive, this book was addictive like crack for me, which is why I m giving it a nearly perfect score for readers like me who are into this kind of delicately stylish writing but I m also the first to admit that this isn t nearly going to be everyone s cup of tea in fact, I suspect this book will garner as much intense hatred as it does intense love , which is why I m giving it an only okay score for general audience members Also, by making the main villain of this book Kathryn s former best friend, a bland suburban middle class housewife who loves Matthew McConaughey movies and who reacts to the entire situation with, That s gross and you re gross and this whole thing is gross, Peterson is by definition alienating the biggest single demographic of people who will be picking up this book in the first place publisher Scribner is unwisely marketing this as a book for fans of rom coms and I m willing to bet money that six months from now, this book s Goodreads page is going to be filled with horrified rants from suburban middle class housewives about how terrible and immoral all these people are, and how best friend Sharon was completely right and Kathryn was a fool not to listen to her Don t let this, though, stop you from taking a chance on this beautifully written, sometimes transgressively thought provoking book, a nearly perfect debut that makes me excited to see what Peterson has in store for us next.Out of 10 8.9, or 9.9 for fans of deep character studies part of being in love with someone is not falling in love with someone else Kathryn and Chris have been together for nine years They finish each other s sentences, they have code names and nicknames and shorthand for nearly every situation, and they know just how to solve the other s crises They challenge each other but yet there is always the comfort and security of familiarity, of having someone to cuddle with, someone who knows just what you want to eat at all times of the day and nigh part of being in love with someone is not falling in love with someone else Kathryn and Chris have been together for nine years They finish each other s sentences, they have code names and nicknames and shorthand for nearly every situation, and they know just how to solve the other s crises They challenge each other but yet there is always the comfort and security of familiarity, of having someone to cuddle with, someone who knows just what you want to eat at all times of the day and night, and someone to rub your feet after a hard day.And then one day, Chris starts talking about Emily Emily is a free spirited, incredibly friendly woman that he sees often at the laundromat Before he knows it, he discovers he has a crush on Emily It doesn t change how he feels about Kathryn, but he wants to get to know Emily better Since they tell each other everything, Chris tells Kathryn about his crush She wants to show how supportive of Chris she is, and prove as much to herself as anything that she believes their relationship can withstand anything, so she encourages him to date Emily At least for a while He doesn t want to kiss her He wants what comes after After the kissing and the undressing and the confiding After the discovery and the familiarity and the gradual absence of kissing He wants the intimacy of friends who used to be lovers Can a longstanding relationship withstand the decision to open it up after many years Can the person who is left behind handle not only the disapproval and pity and curiosity of others, but the fear and uncertainty that accompanies watching your mate pursue a relationship with someone else How far are you willing to let things go Next Year, For Sure follows Kathryn, Chris, and Emily through a tumultuous year, one filled with unexpected excitement and spontaneity, romance, insecurity, depression, surprise, and, of course, happiness Although the characters at times seem a little too good to be true, and you wonder why everyone is so willing to go along with the situation as it unfolds, you wonder what will happen, and whether someone will be the odd man or woman out.I thought this book was a really easy and enjoyable read Zoey Leigh Peterson writes in a very approachable, conversational style, which made you feel as if you were eavesdropping on everyone s conversations and watching things unfold firsthand.As with many books about relationships, you wish that the characters would say the things they re thinking and feeling rather than hope someone will figure it out I ll admit I could never have this type of relationship, but clearly polyamory works for some, so if you have problems believing this type of relationship would succeed, you may have to put aside your own feelings about the concept when reading this book I m also curious to know what came next for the characters.NetGalley and Scribner provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at 2.5 starsI m too old for this book Or too old fashioned The book s premise was difficult for me to swallow Chris and Kathryn love each other but she s okay with him getting crushes on other women I m not sure I can really buy into that I get that you can have a crush on someone else, it s the acting on it I struggled with And giving your significant other permission to act on it So, from the get go, I was having trouble with the two main characters Kathryn believes she s acting like a 2.5 starsI m too old for this book Or too old fashioned The book s premise was difficult for me to swallow Chris and Kathryn love each other but she s okay with him getting crushes on other women I m not sure I can really buy into that I get that you can have a crush on someone else, it s the acting on it I struggled with And giving your significant other permission to act on it So, from the get go, I was having trouble with the two main characters Kathryn believes she s acting like a Joni Mitchell song, all independent and strong But the Joni Mitchell songs I remember all involved heartbreak The book poses some interesting questions about what love means and what it means to be in a committed relationship It s just that I didn t agree with Kathryn s conclusions and that impacted my ability to like the book And I didn t care for Chris, but I did like his mom probably because we re the same generation The book also deals with what it means to be a good friend and accepting what our friends do I actually found the parts that dealt with the friendship between Sharon and Kathrynbelievable than the relationship between Chris and Kathryn I won t go into where the book goes, but you can see certain things coming from far away I give Peterson credit for her writing style It s straightforward and appealing The book moves along at a good pace My thanks to netgalley and Scribner for an advance copy of this book Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson was one of those books that I devoured, unwilling to leave the world of the novel for the real one unless I absolutely had to, and resentful at the daily existence of life like making food and going to work that interrupted my ability to read non stop For that, and that alone even though this novel has many other great qualities, I have to give debut novelist Zoey Leigh Peterson mad props It s been a while since a book has really made me feel that wa Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson was one of those books that I devoured, unwilling to leave the world of the novel for the real one unless I absolutely had to, and resentful at the daily existence of life like making food and going to work that interrupted my ability to read non stop For that, and that alone even though this novel has many other great qualities, I have to give debut novelist Zoey Leigh Peterson mad props It s been a while since a book has really made me feel that way, and I like to think I read a lot of really great books Plus, look at that fucking gorgeous cover, featuring a painting by Jarek Puczel It s definitely my favourite cover this year so far See my full review here Thanks to Scribner for sending me a copy of this book Unfortunately, this book was not for me I was interested in this book because I think relationships are interesting and when a couple explores an open relationship, I find that topic fascinating to read about, but this book is anything but fascinating And I was once again fooled by a gorgeous book cover This book follows Chris and Kathryn who have been together for 9 years when he gets a crush on this girl named Emily that he sees from ti Thanks to Scribner for sending me a copy of this book Unfortunately, this book was not for me I was interested in this book because I think relationships are interesting and when a couple explores an open relationship, I find that topic fascinating to read about, but this book is anything but fascinating And I was once again fooled by a gorgeous book cover This book follows Chris and Kathryn who have been together for 9 years when he gets a crush on this girl named Emily that he sees from time to time at the laundromat He tells Kathryn about his crush and instead of getting mad like any rationally person, she tells him he should pursue her, and see if she will go out with him The premise of this story isn t terrible, and I was mostly curious going into it, but the writing style Good lord It made this book absolutely unbearable for me to read I know this might be a it s not you it s me situation because I personally can t stand this type of artistic writing style There s no quotation marks when the characters speak and the dialogue is so choppy and annoying and all the characters have no personalities and I don t really know anything about them other than the fact that they are in a relationship I didn t feel a single thing for any of the characters ever because it was impossible to get attached with the pace this novel moves at We don t even get properly introduced to this couple before BAM on the FIRST PAGE, he s mentioning Emily and how he thinks she s the coolest and he wants to date her and it s like what It s the very first conversation we see between Chris and Katheryn.By chapter three I was so annoyed with the writing style I almost gave up on the book entirely In chapter three, there s this annoying ass scene where he s trying to reach her on the phone several times, and each time one of her room mates picks up the phone and there s this terribly awkward writing style of Chris asking himself all these questions about Emily s life and I just hated the way this was written I don t even know how to explain why I disliked it so much, It just felt so choppy and obnoxious and at that point I didn t give two fucks about Chris or Katheryn or Emily or anyone.Bleh, this is my second one star book this month and I hate when I have to give books a one star rating, but I couldn t think of one positive thing to say about this book, so I m sorry but it doesn t deserve higher than one star .READ DOWNLOAD ☦ Next Year, for Sure ♲ In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about loveAfter nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another s sentences, and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma When Chris tells Kathryn about his feelings for Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the Laundromat, Kathryn encourages her boyfriend to pursue this other woman certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather a little side dallianceAs Kathryn and Chris stumble into polyamory, Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory, and often very funny year that follows When Chris s romance with Emily grows beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily s communal home, where Kathryn will discover new romantic possibilities of her own In the confusions, passions, and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris will be forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about loveOffering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey L Paterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require I loved this book about an unconventional relationship Chris and Kathryn have been together for nine years They have a wonderful relationship, filled with kindness and love and respect and comfort and inside jokes.Then one day Chris meets Emily and decides that he thinks he might want to date her Kathryn, to his surprise, encourages him to do so, genuinely wanting him to be happy.What follows is so muchbeautiful and complex than what you might expect from a novel about a couple experime I loved this book about an unconventional relationship Chris and Kathryn have been together for nine years They have a wonderful relationship, filled with kindness and love and respect and comfort and inside jokes.Then one day Chris meets Emily and decides that he thinks he might want to date her Kathryn, to his surprise, encourages him to do so, genuinely wanting him to be happy.What follows is so muchbeautiful and complex than what you might expect from a novel about a couple experimenting with an open relationship I ll admit that the choices they made made me very uncomfortable at times and felt so foreign to me, and yet I still felt like I could relate to many of their ideas about love and companionship There s a universality here in that anyone in any kind of relationship makes sacrifices and compromises for the ones they love.Peterson writes with such emotional honesty and insight Are Chris and Kathryn slowly drifting apart as a romantic couple, or will an open relationship turn out to be their new normal There s something so melancholy about the reality of discovering that the person you lovethan anything may not be enough for you.Chris and Kathryn are both so complicated and likable for different reasons I especially enjoyed reading about Chris, as it s rare to find an introverted character written so perfectly.I just really loved this book and how wistful and sincere and empathetic it was I would ve read another 200 pages Dnf 47%I m not the right public for this story I am not into open relationships I thought I could read about it but I can t I just kept thinking that it was a disaster waiting to happen 3.75 starsI think this novel was SUPPOSED to be about a couple who tries and fails polyamory, but it s really about a couple that has no outside friends, is co dependent and rarely spends time without each other Those qualities characteristics of Kathryn and Chris s relationship were supposed to be romantic and evidence that they were soulmates, but it ultimately led to the collapse of their relationship If anything, this novel was a good character study and shows what happens when you reali 3.75 starsI think this novel was SUPPOSED to be about a couple who tries and fails polyamory, but it s really about a couple that has no outside friends, is co dependent and rarely spends time without each other Those qualities characteristics of Kathryn and Chris s relationship were supposed to be romantic and evidence that they were soulmates, but it ultimately led to the collapse of their relationship If anything, this novel was a good character study and shows what happens when you realize there sto life than your long term romantic relationship