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Book Review: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

3 ⭐️’s from me

Goodreads Summary:A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.”

My Review:


Sadly, I didn’t find this book as mesmerizing as was promised. This is a dark comedy about societal expectations – particularly for mothers. Lepucki finds the humor in the pressure these expectations and the resulting effects on the whole family.

I found the characters very dislikeable – which is no doubt the intention, but they got under my skin. The writing is excellent and characters are complex; I’m just not sure what I gained from reading this novel.

Not favorite, but could appeal to some.

**I received my copy via Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you to the author and publisher for this opportunity.**

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Book Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

3.5 ⭐️’s from me

Penguin RandomHouse Synopsis: “Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.”

My Review:

9780385736893This is a beautifully written, easy, but emotional read.

This roller coaster of a novel hooks you in – and I mean hooks, I read it in one sitting. A tale of sisters and brothers and their relations. Family is at the heart of this story – just who defines the boundaries of family and what is normal? Rifts between family factions are unsurmountable, captured in one perfect quote: “We Live In The Same Place, But Never Together.” Yet, each lovable character is attempting to reconcile the family drama in a search for their own identity.

For those of you who are Brashares fans, I did indeed find myself having the same feelings of attachment to characters as I experienced in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series – The characterization in these novels is incredibly realistic. A good book for this summer ☀️

**I received my copy via Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you to the author and publisher for this opportunity.**