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The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

23 reviews

brittandwaffles's review against another edition

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emotional sad medium-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0


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nothingforpomegranted's review

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emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

Six months after the gruesome suicide of her mother, Nadia is processing her grief by isolating herself from her friends, her church, her father, instead finding comfort in the sensation of anonymous bodies pressing against hers and imbibing alcohol. Secretly, she develops a relationship with the pastor's son, Luke, who was recently forced to abandon his college football career due to a debilitating injury. When Nadia becomes pregnant, she is wrenched back into reality, considering her conceptions of motherhood and what it means to love and be loved. Nadia slowly develops a friendship with born-again church girl Aubrey, and it is fascinating to watch her deliberate her actions and exhibit greater empathy over the course of the novel. 

The first-person plural narration by "the mothers," the female church elders, establishes a sense of nostalgia and spirituality in the novel, and I loved all of their gossipy interjections. Bennett demonstrates a mastery of description, adding details about each character without getting bogged down in adjectives, and every character comes to life on the page. The development of the plot was predictable, yet still engaging with an overarching intrigue that propelled the story forward even when not much was happening at all.

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laurataylor's review against another edition

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challenging emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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mthansen's review against another edition

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emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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moraofthestory's review against another edition

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hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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thiccandspicy's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.0

Such a strange book to have read to completion for me.
SpoilerI’m strongly pro-choice, and I guess I was expecting this book to take that stance or at least firmly plant me in the characters’ shoes, but it simply didn’t (a common complaint, judging by the reviews). The only character I really felt for was Aubrey, but even her issues were never explored in detail, relegating her to a tertiary position after Nadia and Luke (who were both utterly intolerable).
The writing style was very engaging, expected from someone with Brit Bennett’s current fame, so I could still put up with the second half of the book though it was considerably slower. The ending was incredibly confusing, and I really don’t know what to make of it
Spoilerother than ab*rtion bad and ruins everyone’s lives apparently ?????? what a strange message
 

TL;DR The atmosphere got really claustrophobic after a while, and I didn’t quite get the point of the book.

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mishmash911's review against another edition

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emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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whatannikareads's review against another edition

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challenging emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

i finished this book as i got to my destination on the subway and it felt like the universe was present w me. thank you brit bennett for reminding me what it feels like to be completely sucked into a book. but also i wanna fight you bc how could write a debut (!!!) novel this damn good. i think one has got to be my favorite between this and the vanishing half. soooo many good sentences i had to reread bc they were so poignant and made you think.

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lcg527's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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buecherballern's review against another edition

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emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

Nadia, Aubrey und Luke wachsen im gleichen Küstenort in Kalifornien auf. Während jede*r der drei mit eigenen Traumata und Verlusten zu kämpfen hat, entspinnen sich zwischen ihnen immer tiefere Beziehungen. Auch als Erwachsene verbindet Nadia und Luke eine gemeinsame Vergangenheit, ein Sommer voll zarter Liebe, der sein Ende mit einer Abtreibung findet. Aubrey und Nadia finden als Freundinnen zueinander und füllen Lücken im Leben der anderen mit Zuneigung. Nach der Schule verlässt Nadia den Ort und Luke und Aubrey verlieben sich in einander. 

Ein Roman über Familie, Freundschaft, Vertrauen und Mutterschaft.

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