How to Fall Out of Love Madly: A Novel
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While funny at times, this story really captured what it is like to be a woman who doesn’t know her worth, and I loved every moment of it. The other thing that didn't really work for me was Celine, the third character, who has a lot less time on the page and whose whole purpose is supposed to be to show us that a woman who looks Instagram-perfect can also not be happy. I’ve got my friend Sophie from Paris,” Annie said, “Maybe she’ll invite me stay with her in Paris if she comes here first.
Though the wife seems to be perfectly happy, all the narrator does is judge and berate her (not the husband) for the marriage because she thinks that her friend has "settled".
And even if it ends with a I'm-not-perfect-but-I-like-my-life-now spin, it doesn't erase the dangerous and unnecessary rhetoric women Casale had women ingesting for the last 330 pages in the attempts at relatable millennial fiction. It made Joy feel like Annie was just throwing everything away, or more accurately clearing it away like you would a dirty glass or a fogged windowpane.
JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. Casale is a master of tenderly but mercilessly chronicling the countless, chronic, ridiculous ways women contort themselves and their bodies and psyches for men, in response to the way society sees them, in response to social media, in response to hurts they barely recognize. To make ends meet, they decide to rent their extra bedroom to Theo, who charms Joy with his salt-and-pepper hair and adoration of their one-eyed cat. I felt for Celine, praised for her beauty and overlooked for any other qualities, dating the ‘nice’ man because she feels it’s the right thing to do.As Joy, Annie, and Celine grapple with the ways their lives have been subverted by the forces of gender, money, power, and the need for intimacy, they realize their futures will be determined by how hard they’ll fight to reclaim control. How to Fall Out of Love Madly embodies womanhood and all that it entails; the pining, the crushing emotion of unrequited love, the sexual harassment and assaults, the unrelenting fixation on weight and body image, the sisterhood of friendship. If you are a fan of Sally Rooney, Brandon Taylor’s REAL LIFE, MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION and SORROW AND BLISS you are going to absolutely enjoy this beautifully, well done debut novel. have] been on both ends of life’s most sensitive questions and know that a kind response and an honest one aren’t usually the same thing.