The two main characters in The Twoweeks, Lara and Cal, are a couple engaged in a deal that allows them to cheat on their spouses with each other. The journal of their time together is reviewed in the book in flashback sequences and chapters describe their first meeting all the way through later parts of their relationship. The Twoweeks alternates between Cal’s and then Lara’s version of the events that occurred in their shared past, and Lara’s ideas of what the relationship should be between them.
Both characters realized that their union had the potential to hurt the people that mattered most in their lives. Although guilty and regretful, the pair of lovers continued seeing each other and eventually developed strong feelings. The plan in the initial stage of their relationship was to get away together for just two weeks – to have their fill of closeness, desire and intimacy that any new love affair offers the participants. The idea was that in that period of time, they would get enough of each other to last forever.
The journal of events (which is part of the book) carefully chronicles the times they shared, their discussions, the highs and the lows and the couple’s shared dreams. At the end of the initial two weeks the couple must decide – as all couples do – what they want from each other and from the relationship. They have to make major and minor decisions that the reader will agree or disagree with, and the characters will win or lose points morally and ethically as the reader keeps tally. The lovers make a relationship with varying amounts of success, and they make their lives more or less complicated in the process, as the reader will note with each passing dialogue.
The Twoweeks is interesting, realistic and an overall fun read. I’d recommend it to anyone in a relationship or considering beginning a new relationship since the discussions on “how to get close” can benefit anyone dating or married.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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