Author: John Kenney
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: A really lovely, feel-good, thought provoking story.
When news anchor Ted Grayson loses it on camera, the impact on his career leaves him with little to value in life. His estranged wife wants a divorce and his equally estranged daughter might be leveraging his downfall to advance her own career in news. As Ted’s world falls apart, it may help him take stock of his life or it might simply drive him further down his current path.
I wanted a feel good book when I picked this up and it definitely gave me that. I loved the author’s ability to quickly bring characters to life by sharing a few unique details about each of them. The dialogue felt real as well. It wasn’t dramatic, but convincingly captured a lot of emotion. Some of the (male) author’s depictions of women’s reactions to Ted’s rant were also really on point.
Although I picked this up for the emotional payoff, it was also really thought provoking. It raised interesting questions about social and traditional media; about public shaming; about feminism; and about mental health. Initially I was a little uncomfortable with the author’s focus on a feminist pile-on that might not have been justified and definitely got out of hand. It would have been easier if the cause used to justify the pile-on hadn’t been one I believe in and one that’s oft maligned. However, at the end of the day, I think that made this story feel more nuanced to me. I think it could lead to some great discussion as a book club pick.