Saving Dapo is an entertaining read. I really didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t follow the blog series that the story is based on.
The beginning of the book grabs your attention and you’re eager to find out more. The story is an interesting one. We follow Dapo, an alcoholic sometimes, who bumps into his former girlfriend, Mope, who thought he was dead. He finds out that she’s engaged and her wedding is only a week away. In the mean time, his best friend Yemisi who is also single and under some pressure from her mother hatches a plan to “save Dapo.” She proposes the idea that they become a couple and review their status after three months. Soon after, Yemisi bumps into Remi, a stranger who later turns out to be Dapo’s cousin. There’s a love triangle involving the cousins and Yemisi, some fights and eventually, a not so surprising resolution.
The copy of the book I read had varying font sizes which made it a little difficult to read, otherwise the book is top notch. The arrangement of the book is not your regular chapters, but in scenes and interludes, although the book isn’t a play.
While the book is very well written and grabs you from the first page, the story confused me sometimes. Is this book about Dapo? or Yemisi? It seemed like the story was more about Yemisi than Dapo. While reading, I kept on wondering how Dapo had anything to do with what was going on. The story seemed to be moving without him and it bothered me because it was supposed to be about Dapo.
There was an angle of Dapo’s strained relationship with one of his sisters and his father. I was a bit upset that the author brought it up without giving us anything concerning how that played out. We eventually learnt why Dapo wasn’t very close to his father, but the author did not say why he and his sister didn’t get along. Another part that I didn’t really like was the introduction of Priye, Yemisi’s ex-boyfriend, to the story. I don’t think that it added anything to the entire book.
Dapo is an annoying character. It’s hard to like him. I liked Yemisi. She was more interesting to me than Dapo and she seemed to be the only one that grew from the experiences throughout the book.
The major theme of the book is love, but not in the traditional “boy-meets-girl-romance” type of love. It’s love across relationships – friendship, romance, and family. There’s Dapo and Yemisi’s love, which shows how strong the bond of friendships are, Yemisi and her mum, Yemisi and Remi. Although we don’t learn much about Mope and Yemisi’s dad, the reader can tell that the love between Yemisi’s parents is very strong and you can also see that Mope and Dapo love each other.
The end of the story left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t difficult to guess what would happen and we never got to know Mope and what happened between her and Dapo at the end. There’s no closure on that relationship
The book is brilliant and draws you in from the first line, but the end doesn’t quite make the cut. If it had a better ending I’d have rated it 4 stars out of 5, but I’ll give it 3 stars instead