|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Random House
Page Count: 270
Fiction Genre: Short Stories, Book Club,
Dates Read: September 19-20, 2015
Olive Kitteridge is a woman who has seen a lot happen in her life. This book is full of short stories taking place in small-town Maine, and all revolving around Olive. Some of the stories are told from her perspective, and the rest from other town member's perspectives. Olive is not always a central character in each story, but will sometimes just make a passing appearance.
What did I just read? I'm conflicted about whether I liked this or not. This book was very depressing, the stories were deep and personal. I felt like I actually knew the people in the stories. However, the book ran along the edge of boring and dived deeply into depressive. I have never thought about suicide and death so much in my life ... And my job requires me to go through yearly suicide prevention training.
I did like how this book was structured, showing how many lives one person can touch, even in small, minute ways, and not even know it. I connected with all of the characters; they were very well developed. I laughed at their silly stories, and found myself crying at their heartaches. There was just so much heartache. I think my breaking point was when Henry has his life-changing event that alters his and Olive's lives in great ways.
This book was good, but it was just very depressing. I found myself pushing to finish this book because it was depressing me, and the need to take constant and long breaks from it.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 7
Plot Development - 6
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 4
Insightfulness - 5
Ease of Reading - 6
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5 stars