Title: Young Widows Club
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Synopsis from Goodreads:
First came love, then came marriage, and then…
For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher!
Tamsen’s, Tam, world is torn apart the morning she finds her husband, Noah, of six weeks dead. After a run in with the law, Tam must return to high school and graduate, move back into her father’s house, and start attending a support group for young widows. Although Tam dislikes her new support group, she is surrounded by people she can relate to. Meanwhile, Noah’s band has found someone to take his place. Through everything, Tam might have found someone who can make her happy again and maybe, just maybe, she can start to heal.
While some might think that Tam handled the loss of her husband immaturely, I believe that she reacted quite appropriately. Her husband just DIED. Everything else in her life is going to be put on hold. I imagine when the person you planned to spend the rest of your life with dies, you will need some time to reevaluate your life. Nevertheless, Tam did progress. It took her some time, but she did move forward.
I love when one of my most anticipated books of the year does not disappointment my expectations. Young Widows Club provides the reader with a perspective that is not common, but very real. I was married at a very young age, a few months after I turned eighteen, thus I connected with Tam very easily. However, my husband is alive and healthy (thank you Lord) and I cannot fathom undergoing the situation that Tam went through. Young Widows Club is very close to my heart because it made me realize how very lucky (extra lucky) I am. The fact that you could lose someone in the blink of an eye is extremely scary. This book is a reminder to never take your days with your loved ones for granted.
5 out of 5 stars
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