Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Review: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Pages: 304
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley

Release Date: November 10, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Tamsen Baird didn’t set out to become a teenage widow. All she did was fall in love and get married. But when her nineteen-year-old husband, Noah, dies suddenly in the middle of the night, her whole life changes. Now Tam is forced to return to the existence she thought she’d left behind—beginning with moving back home and finishing high school. But in order to overcome her loss and find her way forward, she’ll need to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined. She’ll need to open herself up to living—and even loving—again.

In Young Widows Club, Alexandra Coutts depicts a teenager whose struggle with grief and disappointment is heartbreakingly real and, in the end, powerfully uplifting.

My Review:

I wish I had this book when I was a teenager, it was such a beautiful book that really shows how to grieve for a lost loved one, it doesn't necessarily have to be the love of your life that you married when you were young. Alexandra Coutts touches the hearts of her readers in Young Widows Club and shows that life can go on after a heartbreaking loss.

Tamsen fell in love at an early age and gave up so much to be with Noah, they decided to get married at a young age and when he dies all of a sudden, Tamsen doesn't know how to restart life. Tamsen has to learn to live without the one person she thought would always be there, and she truly learns a hard lesson at an early age. Tamsen has to go back to people she thought she had left behind and learns how hard it is to go back again, but if you work at it, anything can be possible.

What I really loved is how realistic this book is in many ways, this book shows that it can be possible to pick up the pieces and learn to love again after losing someone close to you. Tamsen loses herself when she loses Noah, and begins to get herself into trouble just to be able to feel something again. This book is about finding yourself again, but also it's almost like a warning... you can't let yourself get lost completely in love, you still need to be yourself when you are in a relationship.

Tam definitely grows a lot in this book, when I first met her, I didn't really like her, she has an air about her that makes her feel better than people around her... especially when she joins her widows group. But Tam slowly has friends that even though she left them for Noah, they invite her back and want to help her get through her tough times. The other thing is the family values in this story, Tam is very close to Noah's parents and she feels like she may lose them as well because she isn't as close to her family... Yet her family is also there and wants to really help her bring herself back from this grief.

This is definitely an emotional book, because you see Tam go through the many stages of grief, and you as a reader want to grieve with her, especially because it is such different circumstances. But I love the scenes with the widows group, because it is such an interesting take on working through the stages of grieving, and it adds some nice humour to a rather emotional story. I definitely think this is an amazing book for anyone who has lost someone they loved in their life.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like it has an intriguing plot! I'll have to keep it in mind the next time I'm craving a more emotional read!



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