I have super mixed feelings about this book, because the first half of the book and the second half each had a very different effect on me. I adored the first half. We meet the women, we learn the gossip, we watch their fairy tale/soap opera stories unfold before us. It is intimate, and genuine, and I honestly came to adore all three women. I felt like each woman's story connected with me, and I could not WAIT to see where this was headed.
Then, I started the second part, and felt like I had been punched in the gut, and while I suspect that was the author's intention, I can tell you, I really disliked it. By the end of the book, I had reconciled a bit with the way the rest of the story turned out for both Samantha and Katherine, but I really disliked the rest of Brook's story. It felt like I was complicit in her lie, and I hated that.
In general, I really enjoyed the writing of this book. Had I gone into this book blindly, I would have never thought this book was written by a man, let alone a man who works at ESPN, the epitome of machismo. I felt that the female characters were well written, and well developed early in the story. I felt like they were also realistic; the characters had depth and dimension. They reminded me of women I know personally. So, I greatly admire the author's writing style, I just did not like the second half of the book as much as I did the first half.
I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. See the rest of the tour here.
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