Another month into 2020, and I’ve continued to keep up with my goal of finishing at least one book a week. February was a little bit of a slower month for reading than January, for whatever reason I just wasn’t feeling it. I enjoyed most of my February 2020 reads and definitely ended on a high note.
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I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán ★★★★☆
Penny Ruiz-Kar is a working mom of two, handling her family’s household while her husband is trying to make a writing career work. Penny feels like she’s doing it all and failing, while her best friend Jenny seems so put together. When Jenny dies, Penny learns that Jenny’s life wasn’t quite as perfect as she thought it was. And Penny starts working towards improving her own marriage and home life.
I really enjoyed this. I think I would’ve related to it a little more if I had kids, but I still enjoyed the story. This was my book club’s February book, and it definitely made for some good discussion about life and relationships.
Would I recommend? Yes, especially if you have kids.
When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen ★★★★☆
Worthy is a small football town in Georgia. Everyone knows each other and no one can keep a secret. The small town is rocked after three high school cheerleaders are killed in a car accident.
The story is told from the perspective of four women, Marglyn, whose daughter died in the accident and blames herself, Darcy, who is recently single and the mother of the boy accused of killing the girls, Ava, an outsider who moved to Worthy with her husband and finds herself caught up in her own drama, and Leah, the fourth best friend of the three girls who died who wasn’t in the car with them that night and everyone wonders why. It was a slower read than I anticipated, but it was such a good story. I loved learning about the girls from the different points of view of these four women.
Would I recommend? Yes
Normal People by Sally Rooney ★★★☆☆
Connell Waldron is one of the most popular kids in school, despite coming from a poorer family with a single mother. Marianne Sheridan comes from a rich family, but doesn’t have any friends. Connell and Marianne begin a secret relationship because Connell is embarrassed to be seen with her. Normal People follows Connell and Marianne over several years from their senior year of high school through college.
I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from this, but the story I got wasn’t exactly it. I enjoyed getting to know Connell and Marianne and their on-again-off-again relationship, but I did’t get the resolution I was hoping for.
Would I recommend? If you love a good unresolved love story, then yes
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid ★★★★★
Emira Tucker is trying to get her life together post-college. She’s confronted by a grocery store security guard while babysitting Alix Chamberlain’s daughter, Briar, and accused of kidnapping her. This event ends up changing the course of her life and also changes her relationship with Alix.
Such a Fun Age is such a well-written story about race and privilege. It brings to light elements of race and injustice. I wish things had ended a little differently and we’d had more resolution for Alix’s part of the story, but overall, I loved this book. I raced through it and couldn’t put it down.
Would I recommend? Yes!
What have you been reading?