Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough was a fun read. Despite the fact that this is Pennebaker's debut fiction novel, she perfectly captures the voices of the three women whose stories she tells. Ivy was my favourite, she's crotchety and fiesty, and she's determined not to let new technology get the best of her. Underneath it all she has this vulnerable side, though, and at times we're reminded that she is an elderly woman with hopes and dreams and hurts and fears of her own. I also really enjoyed Caroline's voice. She's a moody, confused teenager, not quite pretty enough to be popular, but not completely an outcast either. I remember this well from my days as a teenager and could appreciate her portions of the story.
Pennebaker writes with a light hand and incorporates plenty of quick humour into these pages, making it an enjoyable read. I especially appreciated the fact that the conclusion was left open-ended- it allowed me lots of room to come up with my own ending to the story. For more on Ruth Pennebaker and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough please visit her website.
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Challenges: 2011 100+ Reading Challenge,
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