Lucky you! I'm not going to bore you with how I thought this book compared to The Life of Bees since... That. Is. Not. Relevant.
This story was lovely....moreLucky you! I'm not going to bore you with how I thought this book compared to The Life of Bees since... That. Is. Not. Relevant.
This story was lovely. The descriptions used by the author were truly lyrical and the story was one that hit a nerve with me. Many people found the protagonist annoying or selfish and disliked the first person POV in the story. My feeling is that since so much of the story is about the feelings and motivations behind the pro's actions, the FPPOV was absolutely required. The annoying and selfish comments on the pro, I'm quite sure, have more to do with people who have never experienced a phase in their own lives that was similar. Not all women go through the conflict of self that Jesse(the pro) did, but once they pass a certain age, they surely know someone who has.
This story was a cocoon-like telling of the disorientation that many women feel when they come to the realization that Jesse did. If you spend you life satisfying others and enriching their lives, you will not automatically find yourself to be a person with a rich life, nor are you guaranteed to be satisfied. Redefining self after this realization can be freeing, messy, exhilarating, and in some cases, painful.
The character development was strong for the pro and partner(s). The secondary characters were colorful but two-dimensional. I felt the balance between Jesse's romance/conflict and the issues with her mother/father to be well balanced.
The end was a satisfying surprise that I had not considered as an option and I felt that the outcomes or 'epilogue' aspects were very true to life.
This is a four star book for those that can identify with the protagonist's conflict, but only three for those who just don't understand her dissatisfaction. Your ability to find common ground (not have and affair but just understand her emotions), will determine you enjoyment of the book. No author can give a reader the emotions and understanding that come with the perspective of experience. (Kidd sure does try though!)(less)