3.5 / 5
This was my first Jennifer Weiner book. I chose this title in her backlist because I love books that span across the decades and enjoy books about sisters.
If you were to ask me the plot of this book, I’m not sure I could answer your question. I feel this was just a story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman. We follow them through their youthful days, into their blossoming teens, and finally womanhood and motherhood.
Weiner takes these two sisters from an affluent Detroit Jewish family and moves them on very separate paths. Along the way, each suffers loss, trauma, and difficulties. They experiment with their sexuality and identity yet try to find their place in an ever-changing world.
I felt like this book was more of a commentary on the social issues of our culture with each passing decade; the girls being the measuring stick. Weiner used them and their families to showcase many issues: racism, feminism, abortion, sexual assault and rape, the drug culture, lesbianism, sexism, and motherhood just to name a few. (⚠️ These could all be triggers).
Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoyed walking through the decades with Jo and Bethie, all the sights, smells, and sounds were spot on. Weiner is a very detailed writer. At times I laughed, other times I related all too well. But at the end of the story, I still felt it was just that, the end of Jo and Bethie’s story – two sisters finding their way.