Love and Other Human Errors By Bethany Clift
‘Love and Other Human Errors’ is the latest book by Bethany Clift.
The convention of a book synopsis is fundamentally ridiculous. How can I adequately convey in only 150 words the complexity and bewilderment of the past 10 months and the effect the events that occurred have had on my perfectly regulated existence? One would need much longer to record in detail how I was blackmailed into demonstrating the efficacy of my soulmate programme and forced to participate in a series of ridiculous dates. How my life has been forever altered as a consequence. Prior to this, I was driven and focused, consumed with work, destined to change the world with my brilliance. I had no family, no friends and no need for frivolous human connection. I was systemic and solitary, a woman with one goal. I am that person no longer.My name is Indiana Dylan, and this is the story of how I fell in love. There: 150 words precisely.
Bethany’s debut was one of my favourite books of 2021. Called ‘Last One at the Party’, this book was a bold move set during a pandemic during an actual pandemic made for dark but witty reading.
With a beautifully vibrant cover, I started reading this book last night and I instantly knew that this book would be addictive.
The story is seen through the narrative of three fantastic characters, Indianna, Lina and Jack. Indianna is a scientist who has created an app that takes the hassle out of finding love and helps you find your soulmate. She’s a logical and literal person, who can come across as quite cold. With her app now in the hands of JaneDoe tech, she’s been asked to help work with the app to make it better but this means working alongside actual humans and Indianna is having to step outside her comfort zone and interact and adjust to a new routine. Lina is now in a new role managing the team beside TRU, Indianna’s app but is finding it difficult juggling a newborn baby, an aggravated wife as well as a dominant boss. To the outside world Jack, is always smiling but behind closed doors, he’s still trying to get over the death of his beloved wife, Eve.
All these characters plus the wonderfully quirky plot made this book an absolute delight to read. I love Indianna, she’s not used to human interaction and has made herself her own AI called Peggy, who expresses more humanity than Indianna, she helps Indianna engage with others. The story is such an interesting one, taken away the magic of finding love and using science instead only for people to find love the traditional way.
The three main characters are only fantastic but Peggy was also brilliant, witty and warm whilst Frank and Alan, the homeless man and his dog who live in the doorway of Indianna’s home, also add some warmth to the story as they become unlikely friends with Indianna.
With such short and snappy chapters, this book was impossible to put down, a wonderful story of unlikely friendships and new love, ‘Love and Other Human Errors’ is a scientifically tender and witty story, that was the perfect second book from Bethany Clift.
You can buy ‘Love and Other Human Errors’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.