G. Bianco, 2019
DNF @ 33%
Fallon Monroe, mother of one, self-help book junkie, and budding chocolatier, has always relied on her mom friends in the Chicago suburbs to get her through the trials of adulthood. So when her bestie Beatrice inexplicably starts ghosting her and takes all their mutual friends with her, Fallon’s left wondering how everything went so wrong. Pushing down a lifetime of insecurities, Fallon doubles down and decides to win them back. First, she hosts an epic Mexican fiesta that goes epically wrong. Then she joins a friendship app but discovers a disturbing secret about one of her new friends. Just when she’s about to throw in the towel on the whole friendship mess, Fallon reads a recently unearthed letter she’d refused to deal with decades earlier—and reading it forces her to finally face the deep-seated fears she’d desperately tried to bury. Now, looking at her friendships through fresh eyes, she must decide between hanging on and letting go.
The only positive thing about this book, which comes out on February 7th, was that the chapters flew by quickly, but I just didn’t have the patience to read about a 39 year old hot mess of a mom that is desperate to stay friends with her toxic mom friend.
I live my own life by the philosophy that if someone doesn’t want to be friends with me, then I don’t want to be friends with them. Therefore, I could not understand why Fallon would try so hard to kiss Beatrice’s butt when she was being so outwardly rude to her after so many years of friendship. I also hate miscommunication and that’s basically the theme of this entire book.
My main thought was “If I have to read this whole book where she's just going to desperately try and keep this woman as a friend then I'm gonna tap out.” So I did.
However, I think the main contributing factor to my not liking this book is that I'm not a mom nor am I in my late 30s/early 40s so Fallon wasn’t really relatable to me. I really couldn’t understand her motivations and some of the little plot points that were probably supposed to be funny were actually cringey and juvenile.
While this book might appeal to some people, the portion of the book I did read was not for me.
*I received an ARC from Crooked Lane Books/Alcove Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
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