Author: Alexandra Coutts
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Source: received for review from publisher via NetGalley
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First came love, then came marriage, and then...
For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.
I read this one a while ago. I probably should have wrote this review right after I read it. But... I didn't. lol. I liked this book, but it didn't leave long lasting impression so this review will be short and sweet.
Things it had going for it...
- It's a quick read. I found myself blowing through this one.
-There is a little bit of a romance angle, which I wasn't expecting.
-The Young people getting married.
I know.. that's probably not a plus for most, but I kinda liked it. I met my husband when he was 17 in HS. We got married when he was 19 and I was 23. While I didn't agree with how they handled it, it is possible to find that special someone early in life.
Things I didn't like as much...
-This girls attitude. I felt at times she was a bit ungrateful. Her family is there to help her get her life back in order. I wanted to slap her a few times.
-It was unrealistic for much of the story. Entertaining, but not real. ya know?
-The depth.. I didn't feel much depth from Tam's character. She was grieving, yes, but it felt off to me. It might be because I wasn't a huge fan of her.
Not my favorite read this year, but it wasn't bad. My favorite thing was watching Tam get to know herself and what she wants in life. Before she became a Widow, she lived much of her life to mirror his. When he passes, she doesn't know how to be anyone.. let alone herself.. who is that anyway?
So I liked that aspect... Her coming into her own. Moving on. I think his death was actually a good thing, as morbid as that sounds. I thought this book would bring me to tears, but it wasn't as sad as I had thought it would be.
About the author:
Alexandra Bullen Coutts has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader,
yoga instructor and personal assistant. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives most of the year full time on Martha’s Vineyard.
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