by Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Book Release Date: June 4, 2019
My Review: ★★★★
First, let me save that I wavered between a 3-star and 4-star rating on this. On one hand, this story was slightly reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” in the way that it was written autobiographical style from an older woman with a crazy as hell past. The issue that brings is, it leads me to put the two stories side by side to compare them. And Evelyn Hugo was, let’s be honest, a great book (IMO).
In this book, there were lots of high points where things were wild and fast and interesting, but then there were quite a few lagging sections. There were several points in this book where I was honestly thinking to myself, do I even like this POV character? She’s kind of a terrible person! Interesting, but morally bankrupt. And there were also several parts in this book where I thought to myself, it’s like a conquest to see how many shockingly dark and immoral things you could squeeze into one book done by one character.
But there were a lot of redeeming qualities in this story. For one, the POV character is telling you she knows she was horrible. But then there were also all the other characters that came into and out of play throughout. I found the characters and the setting to be very vibrant. The one character, Anthony, who she fell in love with early on, boy was he fun to read!
I never did quite figure out why “Angela” needed to know ALL of this. Maybe I missed something.