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The Friday Night Knitting Club review

December 26, 2008

From the Publisher: 13703047

Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. Her friends are happy to escape their lives too, even for just a few hours. But when Georgia’s ex suddenly reappears, demanding a role in their daughter’s life, her whole world is shattered.

Luckily, Georgia’s friends are there, sharing their own tales of intimacy, heartbreak, and miracle making. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what they’ve created isn’t just a knitting club: it’s a sisterhood.

Review and Grade: C+

I enjoyed the book. It was ok but I didn’t even consider picking up the sequel while at B&N today. It was hard to get into because there was a lot of knitting talk that went way over my head (I’m not a knitter but was told this book didn’t revolve only knitting. It kind of does). My problems with the book:

  • the character development seemed forced most of the time.
  • all of the characters developed similarly and at the same pace (so it was basically a few parallel plots simply with different events driving them)
  • nearly all of the lessons learned that are meant to reflect personal growth towards the end come from unrealistic dialogue with wise and wisdom dispensing characters that served no other role than to give said advice
  • the ending seemed to me like the author changed her mind 3/4 of the way through about what was going to happen and then at the very end, she just got tired so she wrapped it all up so very neatly. It didn’t seem like a natural progression of events and I can’t see how she could possibly lead into a sequel. Every loose end was accounted for.

Ok, so all of that sounds like a scathing review. It’s not. It did not take me too long to get through this book, even though it took me so long to get into it. I finally realized that when I expected to have to struggle through it a bit, or overlooked one of the things listed above, I became hooked. Basically, with any level of analysis, it was difficult to read, however when I set out to just relax and enjoy it, I really did. It was a sweet story that basically touches upon any situation a woman can find herself in during the middle part of her life. It’s kind of incredible how Jacobs incorporates such a variety of life situations into one coherent novel. It’s chicklit but not a thoughtless, beach-type read; it does provoke some serious thoughts about different aspects of life.

Recommendation:

I would recommend this book to less serious readers or to someone looking for a book to just relax with and not think too much about.

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