Adult Books: Kellen’s Moment vs. Where’d You Go, Bernadette

It’s time for me to face reality. I’m an adult who loves YA books. I comfort myself but remembering that I was a teen just a few years ago, so it’s really not that far of a stretch, right? I mean, YA means young adult, so, I’m good….right???

However, knowing that I primarily read young adult and teen books, I’ve begun to feel like I’m rejecting an entire age group of books which could possibly be really good. So I’ve pushed myself to try and start reading more adult books. And it’s been… interesting.

Book Details (1)Kellen’s Moment

Synopsis: Kellen McLin has been waiting for her moment for a long time. She says when two people who are meant to be together find each other, they know it instantly. Kellen believes her moment girl has finally arrived, but there’s one big problem—she’s a Sealy. The McLins and the Sealys are south Louisiana’s version of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Stevie Sealy left Louisiana for college and didn’t return except for holiday visits with her family. After a breakup with her boyfriend, she decides to move back to the town of Sealy temporarily. She never really understood or wanted to be involved in the family feud with the McLins, but she finds herself right in the middle of it when Kellen McLin walks into her life and changes everything.

In this romantic comedy, Robin Alexander weaves a tale about how fast love can happen and how inconvenient it can be.

My Review:

Rating: 2 stars

I suppose I am kind of alone on not enjoying this book. Nothing I’m not used to.

My issue with this book was the way it was written. The plot had some potential, unrealistic as it may have been (with the crazy, childish family feuds that somehow two whole towns worth of people seem to just ignore). But the writing ruined it for me.

Here’s the thing. This isn’t a teen romance novel. The writing would’ve been a little more bearable had it been. But no, we are reading about a bunch of adults who talk and act like children. Every single communication between two or more character’s sounded so immature. We are reading about two grown women falling in love, yet when they talk to each other they sound like children. It just didn’t feel right to me.

I would’ve given this about 3.5 stars for the story alone had the character’s actually seemed more realistic and, I don’t know, their age? I’m giving it an extra star for there being two, somewhat nicely represented same sex couples in a pond of heterosexuality. But the rest… gets 1 star from me.

Book Details (2)Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Synopsis: A compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle – and people in general – has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence – creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

My Review:

Rating: 4 stars

This book is admittedly one of the more original novels I’ve read in a while. The format is something that took me by surprise a little in the beginning, but I quickly found that I enjoyed reading about the events taking place through emails, letters, etc. between all of the characters. What a seriously interesting and intriguing way to carry out a book!

I loved the characters in this. There is so much going on and each character really seems to have their own brand of sarcasm or satire while still coming off as extremely realistic. Bernadette and Audrey tied for my favorite. I know that Audrey is supposed to come off as Bernadette’s mortal enemy and if you like Bernadette, then maybe by association you should hate Audrey. But come on, the story would not have been the same without her. I’m pretty sure we all have an Audrey in our lives. At least they keep things interesting, am I right? Bernadette is extremely quirky but not in the “pixie, manic, too cool to be cool” way that quirky YA character’s are usually set up. Bernadette is a mother and an artist and she has real life problems (though they may seem a little odd to some of us) and she’s extremely antisocial. Reading her life was honestly enjoyable.

You never really know where this story is taking you and it unravels the way real gossip does between snippy adults. It’s just a really good, funny, and a little mysterious. Not to mention hard to put down.

I loved it!

Final Thoughts (1)These two books were clearly very different experiences for me. One was actually very enjoyable and shall I say, different. Where’d You Go, Bernadette was extremely original in the way that I’ve never read a book almost entirely made up of emails and notes. I’ve come across lots of books that are written in text format, but this was still different. The story was really good, too. Kellen’s Moment was just unfortunately not for me. BUT since I did enjoy one out of these two books, I still feel like my experiences with adult books has so far gone pretty good.


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