Originally published 2015-07-29: Herself When She’s Missing by Sarah Terez Rosenblum | Book Review Wednesday
This was one of those books that my wife bought based on a recommendation, tossed in a box, and forgot to read for years. I found it while I was going through the hoard of books she and I have amassed in our collective and separate lifetimes, and decided to read it. (One of us had to!)
I’m not sure what I expected when I picked it up, but I definitely enjoyed Herself When She’s Missing by Sarah Terez Rosenblum.
Meet Andrea: tightly wound, mid-20s, teacher, hotter than she gives herself credit for, maybe not as clever as she believes.
Meet Jordan: LA-skinny, ocean eyes, early-40s, perpetual undergraduate student, a liar who believes her own lies.
It all starts with a band, Cry Wolf, Andrea’s favorite and to whom she credits her continued existence on the planet. This young woman is obsessed, but her obsession is nothing compared to Jordan’s compulsion to see every show in every city.
Steady Andrea is drawn into a relationship with Jordan, who she early on dubs “Criminal Mastermind,” and falls into a downward spiral of missed staff meetings, strained friendships, and debauchery that would make a sailor blush.
Early on, one almost feels like s/he is on a small boat in a big storm. The switch — almost imperceptible — from one time period to another is jarring. Just when you think you know where you are in time, Rosenblum thumps you with another flashback or flash forward.
But, as you keep reading, you see the reason behind this strange manner of storytelling: told another way, it wouldn’t be as true to the soul of poor, co-dependent Andrea.
My rating? Five of five stars! I loved this book, and I would read another like it any day. The first few pages didn’t hook me, but by the second chapter, I could hardly put it down. Highly recommended!
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