I recently received a book in the mail. I was excited to get it; it's the first book I'm reading in conjunction with BlogHer's Book Club, and I couldn't wait to zip through it and write a review.
Except then I went ahead and read it. And I didn't like it. At all.
Now I feel bad, because I have to be honest, but I also don't want to write a scathing review. I feel like there's a whole lot of superfluous negativity on the internet, and I do my best not to contribute to it too much.
So- The First Husband, by Laura Dave. Not my cup of tea. Here's why:
It's about a travel writer- Annie- who's boyfriend of five years leaves her. Within weeks she meets a charming chef, and within a few months after that, they're married. Even though he's a great guy and kind of perfect for her, she experiences a fun little brand of buyer's remorse and does a whole bunch of really stupid stuff.
This book was painful to read. Annie was likable in a generic kind of way, but her actions throughout the book were often so frustrating that I had to set the book down lest I start lecturing imaginary characters.
I think part of my frustration stemmed from the fact that Annie and her boyfriend were together for five years, and her new hubby and his recent ex had been together for twelve. No wonder Annie was so depressed and had such a difficult time; who wouldn't be depressed to live in a world where relationships are ultimately disposable?
Maybe I'm just too insulated in my comfortable little world. Maybe I'm just not happy with our present culture at large and the way this story seemed to be a reflection of its the-grass-is-always-greener-on-the-other-side mentality.
But if you're okay with all that, you should totally read this book!
If you'd like to find out more about the book or the discussion going on at BlogHer right now, click here.
Note: I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review, but all opinions expressed are (quite obviously) my own.