Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Sophia was a sheep, now she feels like a sardine: holding a yellow pole on a packed train in London. Overwhelmed and on the wrong train, Sophia tries to distract herself. Her thoughts vary from her family and roommate to her sexuality. This gets any backstory out of the way quickly.
Sophia, a photographer, falls for a renowned scientist, Benjamin. They meet by chance. Benjamin helps Sophia get a job with a well known photographer. The one stipulation to her getting the job is that she must get a photograph of Benjamin, who hasn’t been photographed since he was thirteen. I was irked by this because Sophia had met Benjamin just once and immediately had a full blown crush on him. Their initial conversation was well written, with the right amount of description on the spark that flew between them and the story line is interesting.
I like that Take me to the Start is set in London, and commented on all of its beautiful landmarks. That Sophia has to work through her trauma and learn to trust Benjamin is something that feels new for this genre, although running concurrent to this is the feeling a huge plot twist is due, which is delivered.
There are minor criticisms, such as too many sentences preluded by anyway and the fact is. Benjamin as well doesn’t feel like anything other than a pair of dimples, because that’s what Sophia has nicknamed him.
I can’t put a finger on the exact reason why Take me to the Start is so appealing. I almost feel as if I have read it somewhere before. A must read for contemporary fiction and romance fans.