Monday, June 27, 2022

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley

Rating: 5 of 5 stars 
Pages: 342 pages
Published: May 2022

I don’t even recall where I first heard of Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley, but like many books this one found me at just the right time. The story is centered around, you guessed it, Iona Iverson who commutes to work on the train from Hampton Court to Waterloo Station everyday. She’s made up nicknames for the repeat commuters based on their physical traits. Then, one day, a man she’s deemed the “Smart-But-Sexist-Manspreader” chokes on a grape, and this man, Iona, and several other people connect and create an eclectic group of relationships with one another. 

There is nothing surprising about this book. Honestly, a lot of it is predictable, but I think that’s the beauty of this novel. From the moment you pick it up, you know where it’s going, the message is conveying, and the vehicle it’s using to get there, but much like a train ride, it’s a fun, predictable journey nonetheless less. I’m a sucker for a train ride, and I very much enjoyed meeting Iona and the people around her in this heartfelt story that left me with a smile on my face. 

Recommendation: If you’re feeling down and just need some good and kindness in your life, this book is an excellent choice. Thank you to the Fort Worth Digital Library for this loan. 

Until next time ... Read on!

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