They were on a lark, three teenaged girls speeding across the greens on a “borrowed” golf cart, at night, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls lands violently in ...more
The me too movement, the abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, people entrusted with power of one sort or another, instead use it for their own gain. Preying on the wea ...more
But I found the writing style stiff and jumpy. So much is left unsaid, unexplained. For such a short book, it gets bogged down by long sentences and constant detours.
It is a short read, so if you like Walberts writing style, then you may very well enjoy this. ...more
As someone who grew up next to a golf course, and who spent my pre-kindergarten days, even the rain-pelting-down days (it was Seattle, after all), walking the golf course behind my scratch-golfer mother, I might be predisposed to adore this book more than others, because Walbert nails golf-course rhythms, golf-course culture, golf-course smells so accurately in th ...more
As an older Jo narrates her tragic tale, looking back to when she is 15, she wanders off course, as memories materialize vividly, relaying her heartbreaking account, often veering away from the chronology. It’s as though she cannot bear to tell us what happened to her. And this kept me so gripped, anxious to discover her story.
The writing is sparse and exact, yet I really connected with Jo..... It’s a style I ...more
Genre: General Fiction
Pub. Date: Aug. 14, 2018
"His Favorites” is a slice of life story about the wealthy with two different plotlines connected by the female protagonist, Jo. It is written by the acclaimed American author Kate Walbert. Similar to Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, “Prep,” this tale is a powerful coming of age story that spotlights (no matter how rich you are) the vulnerability and powerlessness of female girls. Unlike “Prep,” there is no laught ...more
Jo kills her friend when recklessly driving a golf cart late at night, and so she gets sent away to boarding school, where she is preyed upon by a teacher.
This a plot that I would expect to like, but the characters are never properly developed and the issues not fully explored. The writing is lovely but meandering.
Would not recommend.
His Favorites is a very short novel, that covers a lot of ground, but each paragraph and sentence is so well-crafted, and the book is so well put together that it has the impact of a much larger work. If you decide to read it, I highly r ...more
It's a story of power dynamics, both between genders and also among the same sex. Perhaps the most convincing thing about this book is how familiar the story feels. You could be listening to a friend, who is telling you their past in a whisper, or reading a headline. Walbert writ ...more
Incredibly haunting and poignant His Favorites is told in narrative by Jo. At just 15 years old Jo accidentally kills her best friend which ultimately shuns her family from the community and takes a toll on her parents marriage. Jo's mother decides to send her to Hawthorne, a boarding school where Jo will face the demon who is referred ...more
Idk wth is going on here, but there was no point in trying to get to the end of this when it wasn't making any sense at all. Maybe there is a story in there somewhere, but I have no idea what it might be. It jumped around. The run-on sentences were ridiculous. No characters w/ any, well, character. Sadly, nothing of interest here. The description on goodreads is as good as it gets with this thing. Hate it, but there you have it...more
But I was fifteen. I could no more have formed those words, those th ...more
While the topics are relevant, the execution and resolutions/conclusions of them are lacking. At least, for me. As they say, to each his own.
That being said, I felt like the actual story was true to real life. The author describes several instances of female characters being abused, violated, let down, etc. in many contexts. The result is sort of a "free association" or train-of-thought retelling of the author's experiences being abused by a teacher. This fits with how we often remember stories, co ...more
I love the last image of Jo and Stephanie in the magnolia tree and I love the poetics woven into the pattern of the text. It’s both beautiful and ominous
But this book is like The Vegetarian or Lolita. I can appreciate it, but I can’t say that I ...like it?
She is the author of A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004; The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecti ...more