This was a different book.
I know that is a bad first sentence for a review but it is true. I typically try to stick to the happier, chick-lit books, and this one was a little off of that radar.
It was raunchy, think of 50 Shades of Gray but with less BDSM. I truly did not expect that when I picked it up. I will not personally say if it added to the book or not, I am just giving that little heads up before you go to pick it up.
This book was good though. There was a lot of emotion, sadness, laughs, basically an admiringly well rounded and well written book. I did not find that it lacked any character development, every character that serves a purpose has a good backstory that added to the story in some way.
It’s a story of the unfortunate few months of the main character, Judd. His father dies, his wife cheats on him with his boss, he loses his job, and he has to sit Shiva with his incredibly dysfunctional family for a whole week.
It is beautiful and emotional as Judd tries to find himself again and pick up the pieces of his seemingly destroyed life.
A few sentences I enjoyed from this book:
1.) “You have to look at what you have right in front of you, at what it could be, and stop measuring it against what you've lost. I know this to be wise and true, just as I know that pretty much no one can do it.”
2.) “It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.”
3.) “A problem is something to solve,” Phillip says. “If there’s no solution, it’s not a problem, so stop treating it like one.”
Thank you Jonathan Tropper for writing this book and giving me all of these little life lessons as I read it.