Would you believe that in all of my years of reading – I’ve never participated in a book club? I don’t know why. It sure isn’t from a lack of thinking about it, but all of that thinking never got me to actually join a group. I think I was intimidated by the concept – or afraid we’d have to read books I wouldn’t like.
Of course, in fairness, there aren’t many books I don’t at least like. Love, now that’s another story!
So it was with this in mind that I signed up to participate in a BlogHer.com book review for Laura Dave’s “The First Husband”.
I’ll admit that I was a little nervous when the book arrived. I don’t read a lot of fiction, and I certainly don’t read a lot of, what some would describe as, chick lit, yet here I was with this brand-spanking new copy and not a lot of free time because of work.
Let’s start by saying that I had about a month to read the book and read it in two days. I’d have finished it in one, but I was working, darn it!
Sometimes, it is hard for women to understand other women who make more ‘alternative’ choices – even now when we’re clearly a gender filled with many differences and similarities.
Laura nailed a certain kind of longing and as I read along with Annie, the main character, I kept thinking that sometimes we don’t choose the life we want, but rather we choose the life we want to get away from – at least I have spent the last three point nine decades trying to not be like my mother – and along the way sometimes forgot to be like me.
I’m always amazed by how life has a way of deciding when it’s time to snap you back from the edge or ridiculousness – and it’s often better to go willingly so you don’t get bruised constantly trying to fight her.
That’s my takeaway from Laura’s book – which I loved in its simplicity – girl meets boy, boy dumps girl, girl meets another boy, first boy returns. Hey, that’s almost like my tagline. Does Laura know me? Would she like to? I read that this book is for anyone who’s had their heart broken. I’d agree and add it’s for anyone who has ever listened to their friend’s heart break.
So friends, I have one dog-eared copy of “The First Husband” here and I’m super happy BlogHer.com sponsored such a fun read.
Will everyone like “The First Husband” – well, no, but not everyone likes chocolate ice cream – doesn’t mean chocolate ice cream isn’t delicious – it simply means you’re at a time in your life when your taste buds aren’t connecting to cacao.
It was a pleasure to read this book – it was exactly what I needed and I’d love it if one of my friends out there would take me up on a chance to read a copy (I’ll provide) and let me know what they think!
In the meantime, I’m now reading Manning Marable’s autobiography of Malcolm X: A life reinvented.
See how I (literarily) roll?
And, for the legal lingo:
I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own (like I’d ever post anyone else’s opinions, kidding. Just kidding)