A Reese's Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller
“Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will love The Cactus.” —Red magazine
An unforgettable love story that shows sometimes you have to embrace the unexpected.
Susan Green is like a cactus: you can't get too close. She likes things perfectly ordered and predictable. No surprises. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the unexpected news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.
Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her lazy brother. As Susan’s due date draws near and her world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go.
"I found myself laughing out loud." —Reese Witherspoon
I really had a hard time with this book, the main character was extremely judgmental and intolerant of anyone or thing that wasn’t as she decided it should be. She seemed to have something of a turn around at the end of the book but it was way too late for me by then. I would not recommend this book to anyone.15
The main character’s personality certainly can be a bit prickly. However, to me it was her unconventional approach to life that made the book engaging. It’s nice to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I also enjoyed the many comical situations she got herself into. Fun read!55
My feet by35
While I admit in the beginning I was almost put off by main characters personality and idiosyncrasies I quickly discovered the root of where they came from and learned to love, admire and respect this woman! How strong willed and successful she became despite the odds of her childhood and family dilemmas45