A review by amandalorianxo
The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

emotional reflective 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


A lot of storylines, characters and grey morality woven into complex people yet you are still engaged throughout the entire story. We meet Luke and Nadia, two young adults who are going through their own traumas in life. Nadia’s mother had committed suicide & it’s caused Nadia to find ways to soothe her pain by participating in risky activities. Being with Luke in secret was one of them, until the two find out Nadia is pregnant. Luke’s mother takes care of it with a simple gesture, causing their assumed problem to be fixed. Nadia befriends Aubrey, a girl who is living with her sister and is fleeing abuse from the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. The story is told from the POV’s of Nadia, Aubrey as well as The collective mothers of The Upper Room church. We are entangled in the lives of these people and their decision making, no judgement cast just a fly in the wall. This raises a lot of questions, especially in the framework of black eyes in a black community. Well done and we’ll delivered. 

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