Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Book Notes: Pretending We're Normal
This is the second book the author wrote after her husband died unexpectedly, leaving her with two small boys. The first one was more riveting, taking place just before and after her husband's death, but the second book made me laugh. Her writing flows well, and above all, she is honest. When reading someone else's story, truth is what I appreciate most. She captures the ambiguity of her new life well, the tug between thinking of marriage again yet enjoying her independence. She made me feel like one of the gals, as if I'd just popped over for coffee to catch up.
I confess, I felt tempted to judge when she wrote about things like not wanting to read her son a bedtime story, until she mentioned that it was two hours past bedtime. Ah, I know that feeling. And those days that I, too, wonder what I will be apologizing for when talking to my future daughter-in-law.
I enjoyed it once but doubt that I'd ever reread it. For me, it lacked a bit of cohesiveness and a stronger overall theme, which is why I gave it a three.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.