Writers & Lovers by Lily King

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 3/4/20-3/6/20

How I Found It: Book of the Month

This book marks off the “A Book With a Flower on the Cover” badge on the 40 Book Reading Challenge from Once Upon a Book Club

Trigger Warning: This book does mention anxiety, depression, grief, and sexual offenses. If any of these are triggers for you, read at your own discretion.

When you first look at this book, you might think that this is an average length book. But if you choose the audiobook (and you become a connoisseur of audiobooks to know the average is between 12-14 hours), then you realize that this book is super short. I chose to read this book purely because I only needed a book for 2 days of work and this book was the right length for that predicament. I wasn’t expecting to completely fall into this book, but as soon as I got home (and thankfully it came in the mail that morning), I kept up reading it just to find out what happens to Casey.

Casey is a struggling writer. After working on her book for 6 years, Casey is trying to reach the end. But with a looming debt and a minimum wage job, she is just getting by. At a party, Casey meets Silas, another aspiring writer who has a very similar attitude towards the world. But when he disappears before their first date, Casey meets Oscar, an established writer whom is a widower with 2 sons. Soon, Casey finds herself in the middle of the two men, and as her personal life is growing more complicated, her mental health is continuing to fall apart around her.

I don’t know if I have ever really talked about it, but I really want to be an author one day. My biggest issue is that while I have ideas that I fleshed out, I was taught as a science major to not be flowery. And I don’t know if you know this, but novels are focused on flowery language. So, yea, I’m not getting very far. But it was cool to feel like I was writing a novel by reading this book! I don’t think that the mentions were too far for the book, but there were a lot of literary references that I just don’t know.

I did think that the mentioning of mental health issues were really nice. As someone who has gone through the process of grief, I thought that she described something that was very similar to my experience. I have not experienced anxiety in the same way as described, but I also know how similar those feelings are for other people whom I have talked to about their anxiety, so I do think that this book could be a good discussion starter about mental health.

Despite all the extremely positive ways I have described this book, I don’t know if this is a re-readable book. I also have this reticence to rate this book too high, so I am going to go with a 4.25 out of 5 stars, but I could see that value changing plus or minus .5 stars depending on my mood. What I’m trying to say is I have no idea what I’m doing anymore and I am just trying to keep up appearances, but it is getting harder and harder for me to rate these books.

But anyway, if you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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