Thursday, January 3, 2013
Review: "Every Last One" by Anna Quindlen
My Thoughts: After reading the synopsis of this book, I was very interested in reading it. I think I was most intrigued by the idea of this 'shocking act of violence' and wanted to know what happened. Well, it was most definitely shocking! After getting into the story, I had an idea as to what the act of violence might be but I honestly had no clue the author would take it as far as she did. I was so surprised by how quickly and horribly the story shifts after the event takes place. (Sorry for being vague, I am really trying not to give anything away!).
Mary Beth was an interesting character. She tried so hard to be a regular soccer mom with the perfect life and family but it was obvious that this wasn't the case. I am not saying the fmaily was completely dysfunctional but it seemed that she tried to portray an image of something that didn't really exist. I definitely liked her more after things happened; she seemed more human and less 'Stepford Wife'. I think the author did a great job of showing a regular person might deal with their grief after such a tragic incident.
I must say that I haven't read a book that deals with this subject matter before. I think the author did a good job of making a very accessible story without taking away from the events and emotions she was trying to portray. Overall, this was a though-provoking read that I am glad I finally got to. 3 1/2 stars.