The Story of Our Lives: A Novel
Sophie, Melissa, Amy, and Emily have been friends forever. Every year, they take a girls’ weekend away, just for themselves. As the years go by, the women share secrets, hurt each other, laugh with each other, and grow up together. The book begins in 1997 and ends in 2012.
The main strength of this book is the unusual way it’s organized. Each chapter is a new year and another girls’ weekend. The reader catches up on the characters’ lives from the past year at the same time they do. As the years go by, their lives become increasingly dark. These four friends confront an unrealistic plethora of major problems. This is not a fluffy beach read, nor is it all doom and gloom. Although the odds of any one group of friends encountering so many horrible problems seems very implausible, the actual writing is handled well and most of the characters are sympathetic. It’s an interesting new take on an often written tale, the enduring friendships of women. It also packs a couple of twists that readers may be able to see coming as the women’s lives unfold, but they aren’t obvious. It will keep you reading to the end to find out what will happen to everyone.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Page Count||432 pages|
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