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Based on a positive NYTimes review, ordered this book anticipating a riveting read - WOW was I disappointed🤦🏻♀️ Full disclosure - I’m post-menopausal & my children are launched🙏 - so, at 71 years of age, this book made me feel like a dinosaur. This was a disappointing and challenging book to read and found the protagonist’s issues too reminiscent of the phrase, “First World White Girls’ Problems.” But, this could just be me...🤷🏻♀️
I am currently halfway through this book. While I cannot say it is badly written, I am not sure why I should care at all about these awful people. I am a CNY native, so while the setting was captivatingly described and dusted up a lot of nostalgia for me, the characters are such selfish and vapid people that I'm really struggling to keep reading. I love the setting and the idea of buying one of the old, abandoned houses around Syracuse; I hate the characters and their storylines. Their interactions only serve to illustrate their utter lack of empathy towards each other, themselves, and strangers, the ones the main character internally judges so harshly all over town (if I read the word "doughy" one more time, I'm going to scream). In fact, instead of providing any kind of redemption or anything likeable, the internal monologues of the characters make them even more dislikeable. I realize not all characters get, deserve, or earn redemption or happiness, but the real world is miserable enough without these fictional characters spreading their gloom and dissatisfaction with the lives they've chosen all over the pages of the book.
I was very disappointed with this book. I found it hard to get to know or like any of the characters. I found the main character shallow, selfish and entitled and lacking in good judgement. I was very surprised it received such high ratings from Amazon and other authors. I could barely get through this book and skipped through a lot.
This book was like the energizer bunny that kept going but never got anywhere. One boring chapter after the next. It seemed the goal of the author was to put her liberal ideas into sleepy characters that were very forgetable. Most books one can't put down, this one I struggled to keep picking it up. What a waste of time and money. Don't recommend..
I'm not even sure who I would recommend this book to. After getting a 1/3 of a way into the book - I felt the writer was still somehow stuck in 2016 with an agenda. Even going to the last chapters to see if this evolved - it did not.