The Mothers

The Mothers

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, p Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotio...

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Title:The Mothers
Author:Brit Bennett
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Mothers Reviews

  • karen
    Jan 17, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 07, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

  • Cheri
    Apr 24, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

  • Elyse
    Oct 18, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Mar 12, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

  • Roxane
    Jun 26, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Sep 23, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

    Y'all I'm conflicted... I really liked this novel- the writing, the overall plot and its lack of a clear-cut ending. At one point, I couldn't even put the book down. But, I felt somewhat disappointed by the predictable path this novel took. There were a couple melodramatic scenes that ...

    The Mothers is at heart a simple book about a few people over a relatively short period of time. But it feels revolutionary because these characters are normal, everyday, middle-class people of color. That says much about the state of fiction, even today. Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey all...

    In her elegant debut novel, Brit Bennett explores the concept of motherhood in its many forms, centered around a complicated friendship between two teenage girls. Still grieving after her mother?s suicide, 17-year-old Nadia Turner develops a tenuous relationship with Luke, the loc...

  • Eve
    Nov 04, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

  • Maxwell
    Oct 15, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 09, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

  • Snotchocheez
    Mar 13, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

  • Jill
    Oct 31, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 17, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

  • Didi
    Jan 16, 2018

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

    Y'all I'm conflicted... I really liked this novel- the writing, the overall plot and its lack of a clear-cut ending. At one point, I couldn't even put the book down. But, I felt somewhat disappointed by the predictable path this novel took. There were a couple melodramatic scenes that ...

    The Mothers is at heart a simple book about a few people over a relatively short period of time. But it feels revolutionary because these characters are normal, everyday, middle-class people of color. That says much about the state of fiction, even today. Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey all...

    In her elegant debut novel, Brit Bennett explores the concept of motherhood in its many forms, centered around a complicated friendship between two teenage girls. Still grieving after her mother?s suicide, 17-year-old Nadia Turner develops a tenuous relationship with Luke, the loc...

    I loved "The Mothers" by Brit Bennett so much!!! Wow. It's hard to believe this is Bennett's debut novel. She is one hell of a writer and storyteller. I was completely immersed into the crazy and complicated lives of Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey from beginning to end. Many hard-hitting them...

    Video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpxUj... ...

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Mar 28, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

  • Kelli
    Oct 20, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 18, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    May 31, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

    Y'all I'm conflicted... I really liked this novel- the writing, the overall plot and its lack of a clear-cut ending. At one point, I couldn't even put the book down. But, I felt somewhat disappointed by the predictable path this novel took. There were a couple melodramatic scenes that ...

    The Mothers is at heart a simple book about a few people over a relatively short period of time. But it feels revolutionary because these characters are normal, everyday, middle-class people of color. That says much about the state of fiction, even today. Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey all...

  • Julie
    Dec 29, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

  • Ifeyinwa
    Oct 16, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

    Y'all I'm conflicted... I really liked this novel- the writing, the overall plot and its lack of a clear-cut ending. At one point, I couldn't even put the book down. But, I felt somewhat disappointed by the predictable path this novel took. There were a couple melodramatic scenes that ...

  • Larry H
    Dec 02, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

  • Andrew Smith
    Mar 06, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

  • Marilyn C.
    Jan 04, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Oct 12, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

  • Jessica
    Apr 11, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

    Y'all I'm conflicted... I really liked this novel- the writing, the overall plot and its lack of a clear-cut ending. At one point, I couldn't even put the book down. But, I felt somewhat disappointed by the predictable path this novel took. There were a couple melodramatic scenes that ...

    The Mothers is at heart a simple book about a few people over a relatively short period of time. But it feels revolutionary because these characters are normal, everyday, middle-class people of color. That says much about the state of fiction, even today. Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey all...

    In her elegant debut novel, Brit Bennett explores the concept of motherhood in its many forms, centered around a complicated friendship between two teenage girls. Still grieving after her mother?s suicide, 17-year-old Nadia Turner develops a tenuous relationship with Luke, the loc...

    I loved "The Mothers" by Brit Bennett so much!!! Wow. It's hard to believe this is Bennett's debut novel. She is one hell of a writer and storyteller. I was completely immersed into the crazy and complicated lives of Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey from beginning to end. Many hard-hitting them...

    Video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpxUj... ...

    I received this book for free through a complimentary Quarterly Literary Box. I really liked this book. First off, it is incredibly well written. It was such an easy read. Some books I find myself slogging through but I didn't with this book. Everything just flowed nicely and it wa...

  • Mollie Reads
    Feb 01, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

  • Michelle
    Dec 11, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

  • Book Riot Community
    Jun 28, 2016

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

  • Theresa
    Mar 07, 2018

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...

    The entwined lives of three teens in an African American community in Southern, California. Nadia, whose mother recently committed suicide and Aubrey, whose mother has chosen her boyfriend over her, and Luke, the pastor's son. Personal demons, young love, and growing up to find you sti...

    I can see why this novel is getting 'buzz'. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unriped secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. Bu...

    Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old girl. She recently lost her mother to suicide (Not a spoiler) and is completely grief stricken. She is a beautiful, super smart girl who is fast tracked to college and a better life. Then she starts slipping and seeing the Pastor's son. You know the...

    There's no denying that Brit Bennett can craft a great sentence. She's able to evoke so much emotion in a turn of phrase. But those moments are few and far between in this story of hard decisions, lifelong consequences, and the unbreakable bonds that humans share. I felt like this b...

    The mothers are those from the Upper Room, the older women who stand over their congregation, sometimes quietly sitting back, taking note of the changes, the moods, of those whose bodies are in the pews and whose minds are not. They sit in judgment, handing out opinions, conclusions,...

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a 2016 Riverhead publication. This is another one of those ?buzz? books I wouldn?t ordinarily read, but my curiosity got the better of me, so I checked it out of the library, just to see for myself why the book garnered such high praise. The...

    The story centers around three young adults growing up in Southern California. Nadia Turner is a seventeen year old senior in high school. She has been accepted to study at the University of Michigan. She is grieving the death of her mother who committed suicide six months ago. Nadi...

    ?The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.? A beautiful book with a real soul at its center, The Mothers is unlike anything I've read before. It starts with a teenager recovering from the loss of her mother's suicide, who then does the desperate and e...

    In truth, this isn?t really the type of book I?d normally pick up. Maybe I?d think it too focused on women?s issues ? those that are normally conducted without recourse to their menfolk. Maybe I?d be a little scared of it, all that unfamiliar territory. Either way, I was sp...

    I was not sure I wanted to read this book at all because of some negative reviews and comments in a discussion thread. I should know better by now! The novel is about mothers in a variety of ways. The central character, Nadia, gets pregnant and has an abortion not long after her mother...

    3.5 Stars In the Goodreads? description of this book they use the word "dazzling," by no means was I "dazzled" by this story, but I was entertained. Brit Bennett has created a story full of lies, deep sadness and lifelong regrets which become heavy burdens for some of the characte...

    ??? ?The book, I think, is about this central question of how girls grow into women when the female figures who are supposed to usher you into womanhood aren?t there. How girls come of age with that absence. And it?s about how communities are shaped by loss, this thing I ...

    "It was strange, learning the contours of another?s loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges." This was a depressingly lyrical book about the unlikely love between two young people, and...

    Initial thoughts: What a great debut! Lyrical writing, a touching storyline and resounding characters . . . Sat down to read a few chapters but couldn't help but finish it in a day. ...

    **I forgot to mention, I got this book in my Quarterly literary box and I'm SO glad I did. The personal annotations from Brit Bennett made my experience that much more special. Definitely check out Quaterly if you haven't already!** Oh, my heart! This book aches the whole way throug...

    I just spent a few days listening to this story, with it?s talented narrator using difference voices and affectations to portray its different characters. The story meandered along, at times to its detriment. The narrator?s talent carried it, but I wasn?t able to connect fully to...

    3 stars I wanted to slip this in before The Mothers day of adjudication (3/14/17) ,before the Tournament of Books judges fawn over it (or pick it apart, as I kind of want to, but can't for fear of spoiling the jambalaya). I will just say that I think Brit Bennett's got a long, succ...

    Y'all I'm conflicted... I really liked this novel- the writing, the overall plot and its lack of a clear-cut ending. At one point, I couldn't even put the book down. But, I felt somewhat disappointed by the predictable path this novel took. There were a couple melodramatic scenes that ...

    The Mothers is at heart a simple book about a few people over a relatively short period of time. But it feels revolutionary because these characters are normal, everyday, middle-class people of color. That says much about the state of fiction, even today. Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey all...

    In her elegant debut novel, Brit Bennett explores the concept of motherhood in its many forms, centered around a complicated friendship between two teenage girls. Still grieving after her mother?s suicide, 17-year-old Nadia Turner develops a tenuous relationship with Luke, the loc...

    I loved "The Mothers" by Brit Bennett so much!!! Wow. It's hard to believe this is Bennett's debut novel. She is one hell of a writer and storyteller. I was completely immersed into the crazy and complicated lives of Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey from beginning to end. Many hard-hitting them...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 13, 2017

    *a mother's day float!!! for mothers!!!* i saw a comment the other day on a friend's review that was both amusing and galling: Dammit! I can't trust the reviews of people who were given the item for free! Believe it or not, you're predisposed to like the product. so before i ...

    The Mothers is an outstanding, engaging debut novel. The story follows two teenagers, Nadia and Luke, who fall in love as teenagers and how they come together and fall apart over the years. This is also a novel about a community and a church community and a friendship between Nadia and...

    A girl nowadays has to get nice and close to tell if her man ain?t shit and by then it might be too late. We were girls once. It?s exciting, loving someone who can never love you back. Freeing, in its own way. No shame in loving an aint-shit man, long as you get it out of your sy...

    I don?t even know what to say about this book. It made me feel all the things. It?s about three people?Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey?but mostly Nadia. It?s about how our choices affect us, and how our secrets can define us if we let them. It?s about growing up in a tight knit com...

    It?s never easy for me to be the lone dissenting voice in a chorus of much more respected reviewers who have lauded The Mothers as one of the finest books of 2016. Yet for me, this debut novel is a classic example of ?the emperor has no clothes.? The book focuses on three tee...

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars, closer to the latter. There's an incredible sense of longing that pervades Brit Bennett's terrifically compelling debut novel, The Mothers . There's longing for love of all kinds?maternal, romantic, even the love of good friends?a longing ...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Nadia Turner is introduced to unimaginable grief as a teenager. None of the vices she turns to as coping mechanisms have any real consequence, until her dalliance with the pastor's son, Lu...