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The Mothers

Bennett, Brit. Book - 2016 Fiction / Bennett, Brit, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Bennett, Brit 5 On Shelf 1 request on 12 copies Community Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken beauty. Mourning her 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. It's not serious-- until the pregnancy. As years move by, Nadia, Luke, and her friend Aubrey are 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?

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Everyone learns & grows submitted by sueij on July 15, 2017, 10:01am Overall, I quite liked this debut novel. It is primarily the story of three late-teens as they grow to be young adults, and how their histories and the choices they make one summer affect who they become. There is a strong and well-developed cast of surrounding characters, including parents/ stand-in parents, church leaders, and the Greek chorus of the church mothers. No one in this story is perfect, and I think that is one of the things I liked most about it. Everyone is true in their humanity. People learn and grow and struggle. They find their place, make decisions, live with them a while, and find their place again.

The author did eventually lose me a bit when two of the three young people developed a relationship that did not feel particularly likely or authentic to me. That always needs powerful writing, and it didn't quite hold up. But I'm glad I heard the author on NPR, and very glad I read the story. I didn't think it wasn't a YA book, despite having young people as the focus. It dove deep into who we are and what we choose. That stands up for any audience.

Really liked it submitted by selujules on July 26, 2018, 1:27pm I really liked this book. The characters were well-developed and the story was rich. I agree with the above reviewer that the multiple perspectives reminds us that no one is perfect. I ended up rooting for everyone.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
Year Published: 2016
Description: 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780399184512

SUBJECTS
African American teenagers -- Fiction.
Teenage pregnancy -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Choice (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Bildungsromans.