Goodreads Synopsis: After 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 dalliance.
As Kathryn and Chris stumble into polyamory, Next Year, For Suretracks 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 love.
I found this book purely by accident, but I’m so glad that I did.
Next Year For Sure is a book about love and relationships in a realistic and relatable way. Both Kathryn and Chris are well written characters, and I connected with them both right away. I felt particularly sympathetic to Kathryn, she was a lot like me in so many ways. How she dealt with emotion, how she sometimes didn’t know what she was doing with her life. I also really liked Chris, I connected with him on how introverted he was. And when Emily was introduced I fell in love just a little.
The writing was also really good. Despite having POV changes, and no quotation marks for dialogue, I never found myself confused about who was talking. And the POV changes flowed very well with the narrative. I never felt like the author was switching back and forth when she got stuck, instead it felt natural to move back and forth between the two characters.
I would have a hard time calling what Chris and Kathryn had polyamory. Because although they did open up their relationship, it wasn’t something that I think they really wanted. But I thought it was fascinating to see people try something new, and not get stuck with what society will tell you is the only way to have a relationship.
I also had mixed feelings on the ending. It was both good and bad, but I won’t spoil it. I wanted it to go one way, and it went another. It was still a good story, and the ending fit in a sad, odd way.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.