Book Review: The Mothers by Brit Bennett


Reviewed by: Savannah
Genre: Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Page count: 288 Pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes

            I had wanted to read this book since before it was released. I really don’t know why I had waited so long to finally read it either. The cover art is just so amazing I knew I had to read it. I am one of those terrible people who will judge a book by its cover. And the actual book was a beautiful blue which I was obsessed with as soon as I took the dust jacket off. Like OMG people if you have the chance please just appreciate how pretty this book is visually, Im not even talking about the insides! Okay now that ive talked about the visuyals of this book I’ll give you the Goodreads synopsis.

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.”

I really enjoyed this book and it was another really quick read, I started it Monday and finished it Thursday. This book was told from a different point of view than I’m to which was refreshing to change it up, but also took me about the whole first chapter to get used to. Once I had adjust however I really enjoyed the break from the typical making it a much more exciting book to read. This book was also, in my opinion, one of those books where nothing really seems to happen and yet so much happens. I found it to be more character driven than plot driven, so if you’re interested in that definitely check this book out.


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