How I Read It: Print
Dates Read: 9/4/19-9/8/19
At 14 years old, Adrienne was woken by her mother, Malabar, as she said “Ben Souther kissed me”. After than, Adrienne found herself in the middle of Malabar’s and Ben’s wild romance. Over the years, Adrienne became a confidant, often creating spaces so that the two lovers can be alone. She had to lie to everyone, including her stepfather, Charles, and Ben’s wife, Lily. They had a deal, when Charles and Lily, who were in bad health, died, then Ben and Malabar would be together. When Charles died, Malabar began to expect Ben to leave Lily, or at least give her more time together, but that wasn’t how it worked out.
Adrienne met Ben’s son, Jack, and began a relationship with him. They eventually married, though at a price. Since Adrienne did not tell Jack about the affair, news broke a few weeks before the wedding. This put a huge rift between Lily and Adrienne, and especially Lily and Malabar. Ben chose to stay with Lily instead of going to be with Malabar. After the wedding, Adrienne became incredibly depressed, and she released that she was giving up all of her dreams in being with Jack. She moved back to the east coast where she reset her life.
When Lily passed away, Ben immediately went back to Malabar. They quickly married less than 3 months after Lily’s death. Adrienne addresses her relationship with her mother and how the affair has affected each step of her life, including her future.
Here’s the thing, I have never been in this situation. I don’t know what I would do if I was placed in this situation. I think all of us would say that we wouldn’t have made the choices Adrienne did, but how can you be sure? Adrienne looked at this situation very openly and with scrutiny. It is dark at times, including talks about depression and self harm, so trigger warning on that. But overall, I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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