Initial reaction: So, for the record: this was a huge improvement over “Tumble and Fall” in my opinion. Even with a story over such a difficult subject and the potential for connections, there were times when this book had me and other times it lost me. I think Tamsen’s insecurities and feelings of loss were palpable, and certainly it wasn’t an easy spell considering what she’d been through, but there were other things about this narrative that just didn’t sit that well with me. I’m going to give myself a little bit to meditate on it and then write my full review, but it won’t be posted here until closer to the book’s release.
“Young Widows Club” is definitely a book I’ve never come across in the scheme of YA before, and by the very nature of it, it’s a unique premise and something worth reading about. But it’s also a touchy topic because…it showcases a teen who marries very young, her new husband, Noah, unexpectedly dies in his sleep, and leaves her behind grapping with both her grief and wondering what to do with her life in the aftermath. I struggled with Coutts’s last narrative because of a startling lack of intimacy with the character experiences and gravity for the scenario, but this book did marginally better with showing Tamsen’s experiences and adjusting to so much change after the loss of her husband. (Notice I say “marginally” – more on that in a little bit.)
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