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Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives Paperback – June 1, 2010
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- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439173176
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439173176
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Gallery Books; 1st Edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,600,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I picked this book up because I thought the title was intriguing and I liked the cover. The story was okay: I didn't hate it (entirely) and I didn't enjoy it as much as I do my usual 3-star reads. I was really hoping that the book would not end with couples split by divorce; that was a futile endeavor. While I think Brown did a fair job of fleshing out well developed characters, I didn't really find myself connecting with any of them; my favorite was a tertiary male character that worked from home in a technical field and was maligned by the neighborhood despite being one of the most normal residents of all.
Are we having our cake and eating it too?
Each chapter starts off with a famous quote about marriage. These aren't romantic, gushy quotes, but rather funny and realistic ones that pair nicely with the tone of the book.
Lyssa has a tendency to be extremely naive, which makes her both endearing and occasionally annoying. She's a solid mom, with her children always as her top priority. Her marriage is in obvious shambles - her husband is only willing to have sex while watching sports and has admitted to her that he never actually fell in love with her - but she remains blissfully unaware of any trouble.
Denial runs rampant in Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, which is on par with reactions to real life relationship problems as a general rule. It's almost scary how much you can see the traits of people you know in these characters.
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives is a funny, touching book with a down and dirty tell-all feel. Frivolity and deeper meaning collide in this book, making it a surprising treat.
I found the book to be over-all okay. It kept my attention and I wasn't really bored reading it. The one problem I had with the book was that it was predictable. I saw how the book was going to end way before the big reveal happened. But Lyssa was still a likeable character and I found myself rooting for things to work out for her. It's a pretty fast read too-I read it over a weekend. So though the book was predictable, I still really enjoyed it and I would recommend this book to any chick-lit readers looking for a good book to spend a weekend with.