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Club 1117 Review Crew

by Alexa H., South River High School

The Mothers is an engaging coming-of-age story written by Brit Bennett. The book follows the characters Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke as they emerge from teenagers into adults. The story is set in a small town in Southern California and diverges from a serious decision Nadia makes in her senior year of high school as she begins her first serious relationship with Luke and starts being friends with Aubrey. Besides that, the chapter format of the book is unique because the chapters switch perspectives between characters.  

As a reader, I enjoyed how engaging the story was. It explores topics regarding religion, intrapersonal relationships, and mental illness. In addition, Bennett does a great job at developing the characters as they mature into adults. It is refreshing because they are not made out to be perfect individuals. Having said that, most books have their main characters portrayed as flawless people, which is not realistic to everyday life. Despite the positives, one thing I disliked about the book was the ending. It felt abrupt and some details were left out.   

Overall, I thought The Mothers was a great book. Any person who enjoys a long, detailed-filled story should consider reading it. I would recommend this book to high-school students because it has strong language and has mature themes like suicide. 

Click here to check out The Mothers by Brit Bennett.

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