Oh my goodness, all these Valentine’s day posts are annoying the crap out of me! Lol..Sorry, I just had to get it out of my system..deep breath..ok, let’s get on to the book now 🙂
I have two books on my list of February reads this year, and Truly Madly Guilty was one of them, since I’ve been reading rave reviews about it on Goodreads. But before we dive in to what I really think, here are the statistics I put in my review posts first 🙂
My rating: 3 Stars (You can read my post on my rating guideline here)
Book & Author: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I’ll start with what I didn’t enjoy about the book- I learnt nothing new from the book- about relationships, or responsibilities, or feelings, or friendship, or about anything else in general. What is there in the book, is stuff that all of us already know and probably experience in our daily lives as well. At one point, I seriously felt like I was reading about my own life with one of the character’s story line, and that annoyed me. Since, as reader, I read to learn or escape. And reading about my own life wasn’t helping me in either of those ways! 😎 Also, I would have preferred a more not-so-happy/realistic ending for one of the couples in the story. I didn’t think they made a good couple 😀
That said, what I really liked about the book was that this is the kind of book you’d want to recommend for discussions in a book club. It’s like discussing each other’s lives without offending real people, because, you’re discussing the characters in the books actually..lol! This book is a very easy read too, so I was able to finish it in a week’s time with all my mother chores 🙂 I really liked some of the characters in the book, my favorite being Oliver, Vid and Tiffany. Even though they were quirky in their own way, they seemed to be sorted where it is required. The underlying theme around which the story involves has an important message, specially for parents and that stuck to me since I’m a mom now too and really, anything can happen. You might be prepared or you may not be prepared, but how you follow up after the incident is important. Our kids are important, but forgiveness is important too- forgiving ourselves, forgiving our family, our friends. Because you never know what a person is going through and how a person will react during an actual life stressing incident. So, I’d recommend this book for a book club reading discussion, if you don’t want to deal with mushy romantic stuff this month! lol 😀 Oh, and in case you were wondering whose character I thought mirrored my life- it was Clementine’s..lol
Have you read this book or any other books by Liane Moriarty? If yes, then what did you think? Do you have any similar recommendations for me? I couldn’t figure out why the book was titled ‘Truly Madly Guilty’- does anyone else know? 🙂 Who were your favorite characters from the book?