Thank you to Random House Publishing for gifting me an advanced copy of Olive, Again in exchange for an honest review.
“The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace.”
When I began reading this book, I was prepared to be knocked off my feet because it seemed that the majority of the people who have read this book are utterly enamored with Olive Kitterridge. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy reading this book, but in all honesty, I can’t say that I loved reading this book either.
So, I thought I would break it down to what worked and what didn’t work for me while reading Olive, Again.
What didn’t work for me: I struggled to feel any type of connection to the characters. While I appreciate that each chapter is essentially a short story, it made me feel too disconnected from the storyline and from becoming attached to the main character. And perhaps, this is the main reason why I didn’t like the storyline- I didn’t care very much for Olive. She was a bit snarky and off-putting (while there were moments that I didn’t find her a tad endearing).
What did work for me: I did enjoy having a glimpse at all of the people who Olive Kitterridge had helped over the years because it isn’t often that one can truly be able to see what a presence their life had on those around them. It gave me waves of nostalgia as I read about Olive and the people she had come across. I also enjoyed the ending of the book because I think that it made Olive soften in my eyes a bit. She became a character I could feel a connection with.
Again, these are just my honest opinions about Olive, Again. I do intend to read this book, again, at a later date and hopefully, my opinion on it will change. As I always like to point out when I make a review, my opinion is just me. It should not discourage you from going out and reading this book on your own! There are lots of people who loved this book; not every book can be for every person.
Thank you, again, to Random House Publishing for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest opinion. Olive, Again was released on October 15, 2019.