My Sweet Saga follows the story of Brandon, nearly 30 years old and about to marry his fiancée when his lottery-winner of a dad whisks him away to Sweden for a mysterious dinner meeting. At this meeting, events occur that set the stage for said “sweet saga”.
However, don’t let the fun, colourful stick-figure cover fool you. Although My Sweet Saga does have it’s fair share of comical moments, it is more than just a light-hearted romp. At its core, it’s about the protagonist’s journey to finding himself. Amidst all the cursing, sex and shenanigans, Brandon comes to terms with what he wants and doesn’t want, the maturity subtly emerging from him and quashing his former passive self.
I found Sills’ debut novel to have quite the funny & interesting narrative voice. The characters were fairly well developed, making you really love or hate (or love to hate) them. I found myself rooting for Brandon at the same time as wanting to smack him upside the head sometimes. There were mysteries and twists & turns which were well executed, and provided a driving force to the story to keep going to find out what happens. Admittedly, it wasn’t the crass mentions of sex & swearing that turned me off from the book but rather the seemingly major focus on everyone’s race. At some points, it was mildly relevant to the story, but often times it really didn’t feel like it was. There was just so much emphasis on whether someone was Chinese or Jewish or Swedish (and therefore their associated, slightly stereotypical, attributes) that at times, I felt it bordered on being offensive.
That being said, if you’re able to look past that, the story is quite an exciting one full of secrets, international travel, and even a bomb threat. It reads like a coming-of-age tale where mistakes are made, lessons are learned and in the end, hopefully all are more the wiser.
My Sweet Saga is currently available in stores.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)
I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.