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Father Figure switches between past and present stories between Amalia (past) and Brianna (present) until both come together in the middle. There is so much that happens throughout this book and I really don’t want to spoil anything so I am going to be pretty vague.
I think Jay is a phenomenal writer. Between his debut novel Watching Glass Shatter and this one he has blown me away with his story telling. He pulls me in from the beginning and holds my attention to the very end. This is one of those books where I told myself just one more chapter and several chapters later I’m still telling myself just one more chapter because I needed to know what happens
While the book is told from 2 points of view there are of course side characters. Some you will love and some you will absolutely hate. I don’t like to use the word hate but that definitely sums up my feelings for some of the characters.
As for the main characters I found myself sympathizing more with Amalia then Brianna. While I understood Brianna’s need to know who her father is I couldn’t get behind some of the choices she was making and the reasons she was telling herself to rationalize those choices I was just like really girl no.
Poor Amalia can’t seem to catch a break. Just when you think things are looking up for her something else happens to shatter everything. My heart broke for her on so many occasions. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I had to deal with everything she had to deal with.
Overall I absolutely love this book and I highly recommend this to everyone but I will say that this book touches on topics that can be triggering for some so keep that in mind.
Father Figure is a based on the lives of two women, in different times and in different cities. James very capably takes us back to Amalia in Mississippi in 1984 and fast forwards to Brainna in New York in 2004.
One is abused by her mother and although her father loves her deeply, he turns a blind eye to it which is very abusive in itself. The other woman is pretty happy though obsessed with finding out her is her father. The two tales come together in an explosive intersection, riveting me to my chair, silencing my own world.
This is written so beautifully and the story is compelling and descriptive. Wonderful riveting book and wow, James, you ARE a fantastic storyteller.
The story is about two women that grew up totally different from one another. It is told from alternating timelines and the reader knows the two periods of time will collide. I figured out early the main person/thing that was going to bring the stories together. But that didn’t ruin the book for me. I couldn’t read fast enough. I couldn’t wait for one specific person to discover my theory. But boy did it get deeper?!?!? So much deeper. The more details that emerged, the more questions came up. The more questions that were answered, the more details you wanted. The last half of the book was full of little surprises. What a ride!
This book has characters that I loved and felt so much empathy for, and a few I hated and wanted to beat the crap out of.
The plot was terrific. It was very well written and full of emotion.
There are also great lessons that could be learned from this book, in my opinion.
Shake it up and the result is a Literary Cocktail with strong flavors of Anticipation, Shock, Pleasure, Disappointment, Love and More ! A must read to savor it all !
I will look for more books from him.
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