All the Right Mistakes by Laura Jamison


I’ve read a few books about girlfriends whose relationships endure for years after their college time (when they formed their bonds first). This particular book was not what I expected. I must say that I was in two minds about the rating, but two things swayed it. One was the simple straightforward writing which made it easy to read; the other was the ending which salvaged much of the book for me (although it might work the other way for some people).
When the story begins, there are five friends, further divided into two groups of two and three respectively if you look further. Each is battling with one issue or the other. As an individual reader, one is bound to be more sympathetic to one predicament over another. There is enough variety to choose from, and I will not be going into details of the individual stories because that’s the foundation of the narrative.
I think my issue at this point was that there were too many narrative paths to follow, and my attention and emotions were pulled in too many directions. Despite liking the ending, I thought a very important balance that was not really explored (hint: the mother of one was left surprised on a phone call, any thoughts on that were never referred to again).
The content is complex and would make more sense to a woman 30+ years than someone just starting a post-study life, or at least that’s the impression I came away with, especially those who have had enduring relationships with friends.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience (and maybe because I do have a bunch of friends who lead different lives than I do)

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