Year 7, Book 69

69. The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Wow, I am super far behind on my book reviews. I’m seeing that it’s been over a month since I last wrote a review. I’m going to try and knock a few of these out and then if I commit to doing at least 2 a day for the next week or so I should be caught up. The problem with getting out of the habit of writing the reviews is that then I look at how many I have to write, get overwhelmed, and then put it off which just winds up compounding the problem. Also, it makes it really hard to remember what half the books were even about. Obviously I’ve been reading some real winners lately. So here goes.

I picked this book up for a couple of bucks when it was on sale via the nook store. I generally hate chick lit, which I have mentioned any number of times during my reviews and Emily Giffin’s books fall squarely in the chick lit camp. However, she is a fellow Wake Forest alum so I like to throw a little support her way. Warning the rest of this review may be a bit spoilery, but really nothing I’m going to say should be surprising to anyone reading it.

This book feels less like the typical chick lit fare of Giffin’s earlier books, but was still all about relationships just from a different angle. The story revolves around Tessa a mother of two young children who has recently quit her job to be a stay-at-home mom and her surgeon husband. He winds up treating the son of single mom Valerie, whom he winds up having an affair with.

I absolutely hate books that involve characters who are all protagonists in the story having affairs. I like to be able to root for a couple in the book I’m reading and how are you supposed to do that in a situation like this? I’m sure it looks a lot more like what happens with affairs in real life, but it’s just not something I’m interested in reading about. So right away this book was not up my alley.

Second I really wanted to throw the book across the room every time any of the characters talked about how Tessa was no longer interesting because she wasn’t working anymore and staying home with her kids and that she was just asking for her husband to have an affair. This happened a lot more than you might think. Seriously? What kind of crap is that?

As you can tell I was not a big fan of this book. I’ve enjoyed some of Giffin’s other books much more than this one even though it’s typically not my genre of choice. I appreciate that she is trying to reach out and start writing about the stage of life she is probably currently in herself rather than the twenty-something doings featured in her earlier more popular books, but I don’t think the result was as good.

I give it a 5 out of 10

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