Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
I was not a fan of the first quarter of the book. It just didn’t do anything for me. I was kind of bored and nothing major was really happening with the plot. Sure we got to find out a little bit more about the characters, but I don’t think we needed such a long character introduction. To put it simply, nothing was happening and that is why it took me about a week to read this one book. However, when it got good... it got really good. Well, that was about the only thing negative I have to say about this book so let’s move on and I’ll tell you about its awesomeness.
This book is told from multiple view points, the mothers and children. Although I’m not a huge fan of this strategy I felt that in this case it was done really well. The only times it became frustrating of course was when there was something big happening with one character, but then the next chapter was the view point of a completely different character, making small somewhat infuriating cliffhangers inside of the book. Yet, it kept me on my toes.
The two main women and their children were overall really interesting characters. You really felt for them, they seemed so real thanks to Green’s skills as a writer. One of the women was a little stuck up in an unbearable way, but she changes. When dealing with such a big life changing event (you must read the book to find out what this is!) the author did a wonderful job at showing the character's growth in a believable way.
I also want to congratulate Green on making the plot twists, for the most part, come out of nowhere. I love when I’m reading a book and something so dramatic happens that I must stop for a minute, ask myself “Did that just happen?” and re-read a couple of pages to make sure that it in fact did just happen before I can move on. There was a moment like this in the book and I think it was done exceptionally well. Who doesn’t love a good shocking revelation? Just a heads up: I know some of the other reviews of this book said the exact opposite, they said they knew what the plot twist was right at the beginning, but I believe that the reason I didn't see it coming was because I don’t read a lot of books in this genre.
I know my review seems a little vague but I don’t want to give any of the plot twists away. So basically I’m telling you that you should read it. You may struggle a little at first, but you will be rewarded if you stick with it. For fans of a well written story about family and friendship and the hardships they face will really enjoy this book.
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*I received this free ARC for review from goodreads First Reads, it in no way impacted my honest review, and I received no compensation. Thanks goodreads and Jane Green!