Book Review: A Year in Her Life

Bonnie is a young woman, engaged and passionate about her new job, her feminist ideals, and her friends. Bonnie is also single and looking for a soulmate. Her last boyfriend dumped her after she supported him through law school. Her new boyfriend is nice, but a little boring and they’re not attuned politically. Then Bonnie meets Jane. She’s a little older, experienced, and compelling. They share a commitment to feminism and social justice. Unfortunately, Jane is married. Still, Bonnie finds her attraction growing. She denies it because Jane is off-limits, but Bonnie is compelled and sure the attraction is mutual. Set in 2016, the election is a backdrop to Bonnie’s turbulent year of searching for love. This is a story of growth and maturation told in a voice that grows from timid to hopeful to confident and explores the complexity of relationships as well as themes relevant to the current times.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a well written novel! Alice Benson does an amazing job at exploring tons of deep social topics such as Black Lives Matter, White Supremacy, Women’s Rights, and racial invisibility. A Year in Her Life was such a great controversial read that I highly suggest to anyone (unless you are a Trump Supporter- actually.. Ya’ll should jump in on this too LoL) 

Bonnie’s character is super relatable. We have all been Bonnie at one time or another. I feel like one of the most important parts of Bonnie’s journey, was how she did not recognize the abuse in her own relationships while despite working with abused women. 

All and all, this was a great book. I believe everyone should give this a read. Thank you so much to Alice Benson, Black Rose Writing, and NetGalley for a copy of this book for review.

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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