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Nothing's Ever Right or Wrong

by Jennie L Brown

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Sometimes a book isn’t at all what you expect. NOTHING'S EVER RIGHT OR WRONG is one of those books.

When Jennie L. Brown dropped her book off for me to read and review, I was as hesitant as always when someone I know and like asks me to read their book. Thank goodness Jennie’s book was not just a relief, but also a pleasure.

NOTHING'S EVER RIGHT OR WRONG follows Stella from her teen years to her forties, and along the way we get to watch her make the same awful mistakes women have been making for ages. Thankfully, rather than making the book a lament, Jennie Brown turns Stella’s story into a celebration of growth and strength. Stella’s mistakes form her into a woman to be admired—even as she continues to walk down those wrong paths long after we think she should have learned her lesson.

Stella’s story is one that the reader should absorb in the same way that the choices of others should always be taken: without judgment, and with an understanding that everyone is human and just trying to do the best he or she can. Out of her needy teenage relationship, Stella finds joy in a special needs child. When it appears she can’t depend on a man to help her manage financially, Stella sets forth to get the education—and ultimately a career—that she passed up as a youth.

My one complaint about this book revolves around the character of Sawyer. Although it’s made clear in the first few pages that Stella loves Sawyer, it’s often hard to grasp why that’s the case. Understanding comes later in the book through small revelations, but I would have been rooting for him earlier if the tenderness in his relationship with Stella had been evident earlier in the book.

All in all, Jennie Brown has done a wonderful job in giving us a flawed, but strong and likeable character in Stella. I’m happy to know that there will be another book about these people; I’ve come to care about Brown’s characters, and I was sorry to have to let them go when the book ended. ( )
  kalky | Jul 19, 2013 |
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