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40 Something: A Novel About the X-Generation Paperback – January 18, 2017
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There is Rose, the picture book mother with her picture book husband Gus who is living a life for her family. She hosts family dinner every Sunday, and that’s when she is happy the most. Her four kids are now teenagers.
Her sister Charlie is a divorce lawyer, who is divorced herself, and mother to her only son. She is a tough woman, nevertheless she has her doubts that she will ever find love. Online dating, it would seems, is not the solution.
Her friend Lindsey is divorced too, and got out of her marriage as one wealthy women. Money is nothing to worry about. It seems, she has it all: great looks, the big bucks and a horde of men running after her.
Justine, the sister-in-law of Rose, is married to Gus’ brother Gary and works from home in Online Marketing. She has the perfect husband who helps her with the kids and the housekeeping and is as nice as a man can be. But Justine is unhappy and full of self-recrimination.
Sophie is a friend of Rose and only recently separated from her cheating and abusive husband. Charlie and Lindsey are helping her to get away and introduce her to the benefits of online dating in order to become more self-confidence.
The book is written in short chapters, in every chapter (named after one of the women) changing the POV between the five protagonists. This way you get great insight on what is going on in their lives and in their heads. I really liked that form of storytelling because it shows how different those women are, and how differently they are acknowledged by their friends.
The plot is engaging and well thought through. I liked that the problems for each of the women were so real. Every women of Generation X can relate to them, and maybe even be able to identify with one of them. The five women have to deal with great or not so minor problems, but the book is never low-spirited. It is an extract of reality.
Besides the engaging plot, the book is written very well. It definitely is a good read, especially for the holidays I would say, and I recommend it to every women of the Generation X.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Based on true stories, Peel skillfully crafted an intriguing look at the X-generation. The generation between the baby boomers, and the millennial's. Between the housewife and career woman, sexual repression and sexual revolution, paper backs and e-Readers, and so much more of the technological revolution. Women who are told they can have it all. But at what cost? Are they happier than their mother's who were housewives and mothers; who created a happy home caring for their family? Or have they traded one demon for another as they try to find the secret to happiness.
I found a well developed story-line and skillfully crafted characters who were believable. Peel paced the story correctly for the length of the book and she did not include fluff to increase the page count. A thought provoking book, filled with insight. This book does contains language and sexual sitations which will not be appropirate for all audiences. Therefore I recommend this book for young adults and adults.
I received this book from the author in exchange for a voluntary honest book review. No one influenced my book review.