Book Reviews

Book Review: The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

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When rich and successful TV producer Laura Cavendish met her son’s girlfriend Cherry, she thought she was beautiful but a bit shy.

She also thought that her son Daniel was in over his head because things were moving a little too fast with Cherry. He only just met her, but he was already paying for her shopping trips and overseas vacations to France.

Despite her desire to really like her son’s girlfriend, Laura can’t help but feel that Cherry is only with Daniel because of his wealth and his prestigious job as a doctor.

When she discovers that Cherry is not being completely honest about who she is, her mother’s instincts instantly kick in. Daniel means the world to her, and she will do everything to protect him from gold-digging opportunists.

Even if her son thinks Cherry is the best thing that ever happened to him.

And even if it means coming up with a cruel and unthinkable lie.

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I have to admit that I almost did not finish this book. The first few chapters were really slow and uninteresting. But then it suddenly kind of picked up speed and did not slow down its pace until the end.

It’s clever and chilling with lots of juicy and compulsive scenes. But I was underwhelmed with the ending because it felt rushed, too easy, and too convenient.

Still, if you like dark and twisty tales, The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is something you will enjoy. It’s a very entertaining read. Just be ready to control your urge to slap when the mother and the girlfriend start getting emotionally needy and stupid.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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“Money is vitally important to you. It appears to be an underpinning of your ethical code. When money and morality intersect, the results can illuminate intriguing truths about human character. People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons — survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.”

When freelance makeup artist Jessica Farris learns about a study that a well-respected psychologist is conducting that pays $500 to participants just to answer a few ethics and morality questions, she knows she has to get the gig.

Even if it means telling a small lie.

After all, that money can pay her next month’s rent and her sister’s therapy sessions.

What she thinks is a one-time thing turns into recurring sessions with beautiful, compassionate, elegant, and elusive Dr. Shields. The money just keeps coming, but more and more are expected of her, too.

The more Jessica is immersed in Dr. Shields’s “study,” the more lost and out of control everything feels.

Is it really just ethics and morality that the doctor wants to explore, or is there a deeper and more personal reason behind all of it?

What a page-turner this book is! It’s not as intense and twisty as The Wife Between Us, but it will keep you reading until you’ve gotten all the answers to your burning questions.

It will also make you think how you would answer the same questions and whether you would make the same decisions.

The main character, Jessica, may be flawed and weak at times. But what I love about her is that she thinks and feels and cares and simply does not allow shitty things to happen to her just like that.

In short, her thoughts and actions did not make me roll my eyes, scream into a pillow, and throw the book across the room.

Suspenseful, intriguing, and deliciously wicked. I give this book four glowing stars!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

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Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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“I’m not prepared for this,” I admit quietly.

“Do you have to prepare for me?”

“If there’s anyone I have to prepare for, it’s you.”

I’ve never read any of Christina Lauren’s books before, but I adore her writing. There’s something soothing, tender, and real about it. It’s so simple but hits you right in the feels.

Although I’ve read too many love stories a lot like this in the past, I still liked the story of love and friendship between the main characters Macy and Elliot.

The story is told in alternating periods: when they were teenagers sharing a reading closet and the books they loved and their favorite words at the moment, and 11 years later when they bump into each other again at a coffee shop.

It tells the story of how they became the best of friends, and how they fearfully but delightfully transitioned to being boyfriend and girlfriend.

It also tells how one simple mistake turned their worlds upside down.

It’s a bit cheesy, but not too cheesy that you’d want to throw the book across the room. But you’d be cheesy, too, if you saw the love of your life all of a sudden after they disappeared from your life for 11 years.

I can already see the Netflix film adaptation of this in my head. LOL, but yes please make it happen.

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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Creepy kids are the worst.

But what if the creepy kid is your only daughter that you love so much? And no matter what you do to connect and bond, your daughter simply hates you and wants you dead?

From the outside, Suzette’s family looks perfect. They run a successful company and own a perfect house. She has a very supportive and loving husband who has been there for her every step of the way, even through the worst parts of her Crohn’s disease. They also have a beautiful 7-year-old daughter who’s intellectually ahead.

But Suzette has been struggling with Hanna for years because of her reluctance to speak. She also demonstrates no sense of empathy.

She has been home-schooling her because of the many times Hanna has been kicked out of school for behavioral problems.
She knows that something is seriously wrong with Hanna, and that her life is in danger. But how can she convince her husband that Hanna needs help when she’s daddy’s perfect little angel whenever he’s around?

It’s such an interesting, unsettling, and creepy story. What would you do if your daughter hated you so much that she will do everything to hurt you and kill you?

The story has a good pace that will keep you reading and reading until the last page. Many times you will also wish that hurting children is not crime. There are no monsters and ghosts, but Hanna sure is a crazy and creepy little fothermucker!

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

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Emma Blair married her high school love Jesse Lerner. Together they built a life that revolved around their shared love for travel and adventure. They may be living in a crappy apartment, and broke most of the time. But they were together, and doing the things they have always planned on doing together. Ever since that drunken night in high school when he told her how much he hated swimming, and how much she hated working in her parents’ bookstore, Jesse and Emma always knew that they were meant to fall in love, stay together for a long time, and eventually get married. That’s exactly what they did, and life was perfect.

Until one day, it wasn’t. Just a day before their first wedding anniversary, Jesse flew to Alaska for a work assignment. The helicopter he was flying in crashed somewhere in the North Pacific, killing all four people on board. Jesse’s body was never found, and he was tragically presumed dead.

Losing the love of her life nearly drove Emma insane. The pain was nothing she’d ever known. Then she realized that if she let herself hurt every single day, she would waste away the best years of her life. She made the decision to leave California and move back to her hometown of Acton, Massachusetts, to start all over again.

And then just like that, she meets her old friend Sam Kemper. And then just like that, Emma finds herself feeling genuinely happy, alive, and in love again. So happy, alive, and in love that when Sam asked her to marry him, yes was the only possible answer. Sam was perfect, and life was perfect.

Until, again, it wasn’t. Three and half years since that fateful day, Jesse Lerner has been found and was finally on his way back home to her. Forced in an impossible situation, Emma finds herself with two wonderful men she both loves desperately, and who love her back just as much.

Can a person ever really have more than one true love? Should she be with the man that she has loved all her life, or should she be with the man who made her believe in love again? Does she want to be the Emma that Jesse has always known, or does she like this new version of herself that Sam helped her to become?

Like with any Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, this is an emotional tale from start to finish. I love that it’s a quiet and beautiful story, one that you don’t even realize how much it hurts to read and see the whole story unfold. It’s not your typical love triangle wherein you can easily hate one and then love the other. It feels so real, and it will make you wonder what you’ll even do if you were ever in the same situation. It’s enough to drive a girl crazy having two great loves in your life at the same time. But having to make a choice on who stays? How can you even?

There are so many takeaways in this book. I highlighted so many lines, because they are just so simple yet stunning words. Always so deep and emotional, raw and honest. It’s beautiful and sad and happy, with an ending that feels just right. I agree that true love doesn’t always last. Sometimes you only just have to experience it to know that it’s real. Consider yourself really lucky if you end up with your true love, but count yourself even luckier if you find it twice in one lifetime.

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