Book Review | Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word by Linda Kelsey
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Publish Date: 3/10/2009
US/Can Price: $13.99/$15.50
From the Publisher:
As Hope Lyndhurst-Steele approaches her 50th birthday, although she “has it all”–top magazine job, wonderful husband, loving son, many friends–fifty still feels like a four-letter word.
But she doesn’t know just how low she can go.
When she returns to the office after her holiday break, she’s informed by senior management that the “having it all” woman is OUT–and Hope’s out along with her. As she starts spending her days at home, her relationship with her usually patient husband Jack starts to become strained, and her teenage son is more interested in chasing after the local trashy single mom than spending his last year at home with his own mother. And Hope’s own mother, who she never got along with, has cheerily announced that she’s got six months left to live. Hope is relieved when a solo trip to Paris wakes up her long-dormant libido, but when she returns, she finds that her husband is giving her more space than she’d like–he’s moved out.
As Hope wonders if she’ll be able to make it to fifty-one with her sanity and her family intact, she discovers some interesting truths about herself and her age–and even if 50 is not the new 30, it could be that the best is yet to come.
This was another quick read for me and I felt like I just flew through this book. At first glance, I wasn’t sure how much I would like it, but I was hooked almost immediately. I really enjoyed reading it.
I liked how this book focused only on the main character, Hope, and allowed the reader to really get to know her. It was written in the first person so I got to listen in to all her thoughts and perceptions on the situations in her life. I liked this character.
It felt very realistic to me like this could actually have happened to someone. Hope started out at the top of her game and got knocked down after losing her job, gaining weight and her husband walking out on her. The book appears to be a light hearted read, but it does get more dark and serious as the story continues.
The only thing I didn’t like was the ending and was disappointed that certain questions I had were not answered. I won’t ruin the story for you so I’ll just leave it at that. Otherwise, I was sad to see it end because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would definitely recommend it and would read more of Linda Kelsey’s books.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*