My rating: 2 of 5 stars
** Warning: Spoilers Abound **
My Favorite Thing About The Book Wasn’t Even In The Book
After the last chapter ended a sixteen minute chapter opened up in which the narrator interviews Liane Moriarty. One of the first things asked is how Moriarty feels about the narrator’s narration. She answers that after she finished a book she never goes back and reads it. She also doesn’t listen to it. That, to me, was the most interesting thing about the 13 hours I spent listening to this book.
I don’t blame her with this one. Big Little Lies? If I’d written that I’d read it over and over and over again. But this one? What happened? Seriously: what happened.
Something Happened at a Barbeque
Something happened at a barbeque. We are told this out of the gate. And the chapters bounce between today to “The Day of The Barbeque”. And we know something happened. We are reminded that something happened. But the buildup is disappointing.
Other things that are disappointing: I often wondered if x or y or z would happen at the barbeque. Maybe Clementine would get it on with Tiffany, the stripper? And if so… so what? Maybe Sam would?? Okay. Kind of cliche. Maybe Erica and Clementine would have a big blow up?
And can we talk about the whole Tiffany being a stripper thing? What on EARTH did that have to do with the plot? With the character arc? With anything? So what if she had an indecent proposal with Andrew? What did that have to do with anything? What did Dakota going to St. Angeline or Angelica or Whomever?
There Was One Thing I Loved
Where the story is brilliant is Erica’s relationship with her mother. Like wow. That was brilliant and worth the read. Everything about Pam’s illness is perfectly plotted, paced, and presented. But…
(Yup, That Teeny Paragraph Was The Only Thing I Loved)
What is the POINT of everything else?
Of Clementine’s audition? To get to the point of saying, “I choose my marriage.”? But she still took the job so…? Don’t ask me.
Of Holly? For pushing Ruby into the fountain maybe? We could have had that without her being a complete asshole. I mean seriously. This kid is an asshole. And that squawking voice? “WHAT?!” I wanted to stop listening multiple times.
Of Sam’s new job? It never factors into things and when it does, it fizzles. Seemed like an editing scar.
I absolutely love Moriarty’s books. I have traditionally devoured them. But this one kept me at arm’s length from the start. I couldn’t get into it. Other than Erica’s mom. That’s probably why it took so long to read it. I’m usually super fast. Not with this one.