Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: The Mothers

Title The Mothers
By Brit Bennett
Genre Adult Fiction
Rating ⭐

A study on why religion, gossip, and old biddies ruin peoples lives.

First Sentence
We didn't believe when we first heard because you know how church folk can gossip.

Once more a Tournament of Books book. The tournament is over and I totally called it. The Underground Railroad won. I didn't even read that one so I guess I can't be too judgey (I didn't want it to win) but I will anyway. Any who. I read this one after the tournament was over because I had in on hold at the library and it came in.

I should have skipped it. This book was the stupidest book I've read in a long time. Read my synopsis and you'll know what I thought of it.  But let me elaborate.

First of all the writing was not beautiful and lyrical, it was disjointed and confusing and more than once I had to reread a paragraph or sentence just to determine what was going on. There was little to no point to the story. All I could see was that a girl made a decision that never really did make her happy and then a bunch of old church gossips wagged their tongues and destroyed the only thing they had going for them in their pathetic lives. Idiots!

It's all well and good to write a book as depressing and maddening as this one was to maybe point out that things like this are stupid and need to change but I felt like the author loved the lifestyle and was fondly reminiscing. What the hell? This was a horrible story with stupid characters that were so damned determined to be miserable. Not one character wanted happiness! Ugh!  I can't even talk about it anymore. I just don't ever want to think about it again. It makes me that mad.

Should know what? NO! 


  1. Ha ha ha. I wondered if this one was any good -- now I know! I hate it when a book gets tons of undeserved hype. It's so disappointing.

  2. Whenever I see that you rated something 1 star, I'm always excited to read your reviews because I know I'm in for a treat. :) I love that you don't hold anything back!

    1. Ha ha! Thanks. I feel like I might be taking an unfair dislike to this one but that's just how I felt.

  3. Ugh I also hate those characters that are determined to make life terrible for everyone too. If they can't be happy, no one can! It's terribly annoying to read. Lovely review, Jenny!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  4. So, who picks the books for this Tournament of Books anyway? I'm glad this one didn't win.

    1. Um...I'm not sure. I'm a newbie. This was my first time participating.

  5. Sorry to hear about how awful this book was. I can get irritated by books, too, but this one left you angry. Better re-read a known surefire awesome book to take the sting out!

  6. They didn't even want happiness? Yuck.