Very Short Book Reviews

November 16, 2017 Amy Hatvany, book review, books, fiction 1

I’ve read many books this year that I haven’t shared reviews.  These three happen to be from March of this year. These were all  E-galleys sent to me for an honest review.   All good books, all character driven and all somehow linked to sex.  Enjoy!

Suzette and Hyland have been married fifteen years and and had decided against children, when her husband changes his mind and suggests a surrogate life changes for all three of them.

I really enjoy the work of Amanda Eyre Ward.  This book was much deeper than I expected, unsure of where a book about surrogacy would lead. Motherhood is of course a complicated journey, and of course Suzette’s mother had tainted her images for all her life. Everything we experience becomes part of how we grow and become adults and spouses and perhaps parents. Full review to come, but I enjoyed this book very much. I gave this 4 stars in goodreads.

Amber and Tyler are friends, though he has had a crush on her for a long time.  She returns home after college graduation and after a flirtation and alcohol induced Tyler kisses her, and what happens next will change everything.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.(publisher)

It’s been months since I finished this book and it’s still difficult to put into words all my thoughts. Sexual consent is so critical to what we teach and what we ourselves learned growing up. My vision of a rapist wasn’t the frat boy or the football player we flirted with. Yet I know that many of my friends were put into awful situations with our presumed friends. Read this book. Talk about it with your kids and your friends. Be aware and be a voice for change in our society. Amy Hatvany has given real faces to all the parties involved in acquaintance rape. Her brutal honesty rips your heart out.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.(publisher)

There is no secret to the fact that incest is a major theme in this book. The mystery of Lane’s missing cousin Allegra is long and winding. The story is told in Then, Now, and from others points of view. Set in a small, rural Kansas town, the Roanoke girls are full of mystique and tragedy.
I almost quit reading this book twice, but continued because I really needed to find out what happened. Don’t be concerned with graphic sex, there is none, but the psychological damage done is very deep.

One Response to “Very Short Book Reviews”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    The Roanoke Girls is kind of addictive, right? I couldn’t stop reading, although I was sort of embarrassed to tell people what I was reading. The psych damage is definitely massive.

Leave a Reply