Sunday, February 19, 2012

Book Review: “The First Husband” by Laura Dave

The-First-Husband-by-Laura-DaveI’ll come clean…this book is pure chick lit.  I do not normally read chick lit—call me a snob, but I need something more substantial.  However, I had just finished a number of heavier books—all of which had to do with mental illness in some way or another.  The next book I was planning to read (which I will begin this evening) also had to do with mental illness and, well, I needed a little break.

I don’t remember how I originally came across this book—I found it in the depths of my Kindle.  It looked light and fast, so I decided to give it a try.  It is light and fast—but it is also fun and, for “chick lit,” surprisingly well-written.

Annie’s long time boyfriend—who she believes will propose at any time—decides that he needs a break and needs to “explore” things (with someone named Pearl).  Annie is heartbroken and, in the midst of this, meets Griffin—a chef who seems to be everything she wanted from Nick.

After only a few months, Griffin and Annie marry and leave southern California for Griffin’s hometown in Western Massachusetts—and that is where reality hits.  Annie is immediately entrenched in the dysfunctions of Griffin’s family, her own identity comes into question and, just when things seem like they cannot get any more complicated, Nick shows up, leaving Annie to question if it is the life she has or the life she had that she wants.

Annie is a wonderful character and surprisingly well-rounded for a novel of this size.  While the other characters were more static, they were still intriguing and entertaining.

It’s not a perfect novel, though.  I did feel that it left a lot of loose ends that I would have liked to have seen tied up.  But it was still worth the very late night I had last night because I could not put it down.

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