I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on 2015-11-10
Genres: Death & Dying, Family, Marriage & Divorce, Social Issues, Young Adult
Tamsen married her musician sweetheart and dropped out of high school, so when her equally young husband dies suddenly she is still only seventeen, and totally lost--but when she is caught trespassing the judge insists that she return to the school life that she thought she had escaped, and forced to face the reality that her life has really just begun.
When I saw the synopsis for Young Widows Club on Netgalley, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! The premise of a girl who married at 17 and then almost immediately became a widow has the potential to really pull at your heart, and as hard as those books are to read? Sometimes I just love them.
Unfortunately, I had a really hard time with this one. And it’s not because I was so sad.
Tam just wasn’t very relateable to me. And the story moved so very slow. The eventual romance? Didn’t feel a spark, and just served to annoy me as well.
Now, I still gave this book 3 stars. (Which means I liked it. A lot. I just wasn’t “OMG! YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!” about it.
I loved the therapy group aspect. I loved Tam’s “punishment” for her legal problems (which I can’t tell much about without spoiling!) and I loved the way that all unfolded as far as the plot goes. The writing is pretty fantastic – and I am hoping it’s just me and that I didn’t relate to Tam on some personal level and that most people really will love this one.