I just finished this memoir on audio a few hours ago. I am currently in the post-book blues that only occur when I really connect with the story. I pretty much don’t want it to be over.
What I liked:
The structure. I really liked how she bounced between the present moment, running her third marathon, to reflecting back on her past. There is most definitely a literary term for this, but I can’t for the life of me think of it at the moment. It really had this feeling of momentum.
The author’s fearless authenticity. She owns her role in bad relationship after bad relationship on her quest for the traditional love story. To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to like her as we learn who she is as she recounts two of her first relationships, her high school boyfriend and an alcoholic she dated in her twenties. Loved how she recounted relationships, her perspective and her raw anger at the guys who treated her like crap, but more so her anger towards herself for taking it, is extremely relatable for many women, myself included. Basically, she is a bad ass Jersey girl, and obviously a talented writer, which is highlighted by the sparse profanities sprinkled in, unapologetically, at the exact perfect times.
What I didn’t like:
I realllllly didn’t like the narration in the start, but I got used to it after 30-45 minutes and it really didn’t bother me after that, once I became invested in the story.
Not going to lie, I know I’m going to be looking for her articles referenced in the book and any newer pieces in Women’s Running, New York Times, etc. So nice to read something from an impressive athlete (she’s a helluva lot faster than me) who actually excels in the writing craft.