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I read two books this month that I wanted to review.
House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult was a long book for me at 529 pages. It was also not one of the “quick read books” that are often characteristic of my reading. I read another Jodi Picoult book: Plain Truth several months ago and when I found House Rules at a secondhand bookstore I decided to try another one of her books. This book was very insightful into the world of Asperagers. The author has done her research. However, there was a lot repetition in describing the main character’s behavior and likes/dislikes. The “mystery” was obvious in the middle of the book and I was disappointed that the author ended the book when she did. I would have liked to read about what happened to the characters in the aftermath of the trail.
I loved Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin! Giffin tells the story of a complicated situation through two different characters. I really found myself identifying with the character of Tess even though it has now been a few years since I left my career to be a stay at home mom. She recently left a her career to be a stay at home mom. Tess quickly learns that being a stay at home mom is not exactly as she envisioned with friendships developing from playgroup relationships and gossipy cliques. Confident in her career, she finds herself tested by the challenges of 24/7 motherhood. Tess feels inadequate as she compares herself to other mothers who seem to make it all look effortless. I think we all at times have felt inadequate as a mother. There is a part in the beginning in which Tess forgets that she is supposed to have snack for school. She is stressing and fretting about it and her husband pulls out a package of Oreos and presents them to her. Easy, done, right? Except, she points out that she will be shunned for bringing a unhealthy snack. Her husband replies that kids love Oreos. Who doesn’t love an Orea!
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