Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We All Love the Beautiful Girls
by Joanne Proulx 

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings. On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party -- a mistake with shattering consequences.

Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensuing losses. For Finn, it's Jess, a former babysitter who sneaks into his bed at night, even as she refuses to leave her boyfriend. Mia and Michael find themselves forgoing tenderness for rougher sex and seeking solace outside their marriage: Mia in a flirtation with a former colleague, whose empty condo becomes a blank canvas for a new life, and Michael at an abandoned baseball diamond, with a rusty pitching machine and a street kid eager to catch balls in Finn's old glove. As they creep closer to the edge -- of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge -- the story moves into more savage terrain.



Kritters Thoughts:  Mia and Michael Slate are going through something when their son Finn has a tragic accident.  This accident ends up affecting a lot of people and for me this book was watching how one night can change the course of many people's lives.  

Most of this book I didn't enjoy, but I kept reading and finished it because I really wanted to figure out what would happen with Finn after his accident.  His character arch was what kept me reading after the crazy drama from his parents.  This would have been a book that I would have quit if I didn't love Finn so much and want to know where he would end up.  

I liked the drama that Mia and Michael Slate were facing, but I felt as though it took a back burner to  how crappy they were as people and parents.  I didn't enjoy seeing them purposefully screw up things and would have instead loved to read more about the lawsuit and the financial and work drama that was lurking over their heads.  I didn't like where this book went in that regards.

This was my first Joanne Proulx book and although I didn't like it, when I don't like a book for its plot I am completely willing to read another book by this author.  It is when I don't like the writing where I feel as though I couldn't enjoy another book by the author.  


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Grand Central Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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