You Should Have Known

There are a few things that I am sure about in this world and about a million, trillion, gazillion (as Coco and Lucy, stars of the Star Sisters serieswould say) things that I have no clue about.  One of the things I know for sure is that I am a reader.  And I always will be.  I am a much happier person when I'm reading a good book and when I'm in between books I always feel like something's missing, like the world is slightly off-kilter.  (Have I told you that I also have a propensity for drama?).

Anyway, my latest read was You Should Have Known by Jean Korelitz.  I picked it up after seeing a good review in People Magazine, which you know I simply must read for all my Star Sisters research.  You Should Have Known tells the story of Grace, a New York City couples therapist who seems to have it all - a successful practice, a violinist son enrolled in a top NYC school, a swoon-worthy pediatric oncologist husband, and a new self-help book that is so highly anticipated it's being featured in Vogue.  (A book review in Vogue?  Can you say dream come true?).

Grace's principle theory is that women don't listen to their own intuition regarding men, that they chose to ignore warning signs about the men they are dating that inevitably lead to disaster down the road.  I loved this part of the novel - the discussion about relationships, how they start and how they unravel.  As someone who spends a great deal of time people watching and wondering, I devoured these sections.  And I think Korelitz is a wonderful writer.  She gets deep in the head of her characters and expresses their inner worlds nicely.  My only complaint about the book is that Korelitz got too deep into her character's heads.  About a third of the way into the book, it becomes pretty clear how the plot is going to unfold.  But the unfolding part takes a long, long time.  It's tempting to skim certain parts which is a shame because the writing is so good.  

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  It's an interesting look at relationships as well as the NYC private school scene.  I just wish there were a few more plot twists and turns to move the reading along a little faster.

P.S. The Light Between Oceans is my absolute favorite novel of the year if you're in the mood for some incredible heart-wrenching drama and a really, really good cry: