Miranda is not the only one who made a big mistake; Mansell makes her own by including too many characters in her novel. The blurb on the back cover would lead you to believe that this novel centers around Miranda’s big mistake of dating Greg, who abandoned his wife, Chloe, upon being told she’s pregnant. Yet, there is also Miranda’s boss, Fenn; Bruce, Chloe’s boss and the son of Miranda’s landlord, Florance; Bruce’s wife and their son; the homeless man in front of Miranda’s work; Greg’s friend, Adrian; Bev, the woman who works with Miranda; and a whole host of other characters. It’s just too much to follow, too much to care about, and I found myself wishing some of the characters would walk off and disappear.
Chloe is quite possibly the most real character in this novel; her emotions and actions seem completely understandable for someone in her situation. However, once the triangle of Chloe-Greg-and Miranda got underway, the plot lines for each character are pretty unabelievable, especially Miranda’s revenge, with the exception of Greg leaving Chloe. Miranda dates three different guys in the span of four months, and each different male makes her seem even more like a floozy. Miranda’s Big Mistake begins oddly with Miranda’s fascination with this homeless man living outside her work, and the ending leaves several characters in limbo and plot lines dangling like loose strings.
- Mansell, Jill. Miranda’s Big Mistake. Naperville: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2009. Print. 475 pgs. ISBN: 140221832X. Source: PaperBackSwap.