The Group by Lara Feigel (ARC) – Thoughts

Blogging is going to take a back seat now, considering I’m working from home, and have my 4 year old to look after – a situation that many working parents across the globe will be living in and working out to the best of their abilities. I just pray that the Universe sorts this out for us soon. Until then, stay safe 🙂

This was a book that I was excited to read and was glad to be auto approved, since it catered to characters of my age. I don’t find many books where all or most of the protagonists are of the age group in late 30s or in their 40s, and this one was about female friendships in the current world.

The story revolves around the friendships of five women – Stella, Kay, Polly, Priss and Helena. They were a tight knit group in college and they remain friends into their 40s as well. The story is narrated by Stella, but there are PoVs for each character, but narrated in third person I think. All the women think the other has a perfect life or has it all, whereas, underneath, each woman is struggling in their own way.

The book touches upon some important subjects like gender equality, women having to manage career expectations with motherhood expectations, monogamy, sex, etc.

Unfortunately, I had to DNF this book after reaching half way through in the book. I tried my best to read further to see if my views on the story and writing changes, but that didn’t happen. I think my only issue with this was the writing style. The narration felt complex for me to follow and the lack of dialogues made it slightly boring for me, despite the interesting subject matter.

I’m sure this book will be enjoyed by many others and readers should give it a chance. However, it didn’t work for me 🙂

****Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC to read. All opinions are my own****

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