Sometimes I just need to sit down with a girly chick flick of a book after a hard days work of academic essays. However I understand that they are not everyone’s cup of tea. I am an absolute sucker for a good romantic book and being as soppy as I am I’ve read a fair few and very few have come anywhere near to ‘The Chocolate Run.’ You only have to look at my copy of this book to see how well read and well loved this book is. Its pages are well thumbed, with the corners turned over. The pages are discoloured from being dropped in the bath and left to dry on the radiator, as I couldn’t put it down. It is fair to say I love reading and re-reading this book and although I have so many times, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be reading it again soon! So I needed to share it with you!
Amber is not a chocoholic but instead a chocolate sniffer. She thinks in chocolate, compares her friends to chocolate, and mostly cannot make it through the day without a few guilty pieces. However going on a chocolate run is not going to help Amber in this situation. Amber is hiding a relationship with her best friend Greg, and its causing a rift between her and her other best friend Jen. This book follows the rollarcoaster life of Amber and her group of friends as they begin to struggle under the pressures of relationships and friendships. From the very first page we cannot help but fall for Amber. A loveable, sarcastic, bubbly character with her head in the clouds and addicted to chocolate, Amber is a character I think a lot of us females can relate to. Her sarcastic tone and honest opinion about love creates an instant connection between reader and writer.
The characters are beautifully described and easy to picture. As a reader it is extremely disconcerting for me when I cannot fully formulate a character in my mind, however this is not the case with these characters! Greg is perfection on a plate with his minstrel brown eyes and long liquorice hair, a serial womaniser who has Amber frozen in the headlights. Jen is the beautiful princess, long blonde hair and a figure to die for, but a darker, catty side. Matt is distant and pensive, however he has a deeper side that develops throughout the story.
The theme of chocolate runs throughout the book, as Amber struggles to contain her feelings and to deal with the changes occurring in the group and many of the descriptions in the books revolve around the chocolate theme, seen in this description of her and Jen’s crumbling relationship. ‘Our friendship was getting more and more tenuous. Ethereal. We weren’t like two Twix, separated before consumption, any more. We were more like Dairy Milk and Caramel. Two chocolates made by the same people, but so different you couldn’t put them together under any similar category. We melted at different temperatures, we felt different, we tasted different, we were different. Now nothing but our source linked us.’ You cannot help but be drawn along by this beautiful chick lit, as the group struggles to stay afloat.
I will not lie to you, I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. It was brilliant rollarcoaster of emotions, chocolate and friendship and I couldn’t put it down and I haven’t since. I would definitely recommend this book!