The Mothers by Brit Bennett – Book Review

I am really trying to do better with my book reviews this year. I have every intention of reviewing the books that I read on the blog but then life gets in the way. My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal this year is to read thirty books. I’ve read 16 so far. I’m setting another goal to review  fifteen  ten of the books I’ve read on the blog. ( Eeek no pressure right !) 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a lean 288 pages. It’s set in Southern California and focuses on the lives of two small town teenage girls as they learn, love and lose their way to adulthood. Without giving away too much, family planning, suicide and infidelity are some of the themes addressed.  

The “mothers” in the title could arguably have more than one meaning but the obvious reference will be the elder women in the church who play a big part in the lives of the young women and their community. These women act as the the narrators/Greek chorus throughout the book, and their anecdotes had me laughing out loud at times and sighing with a deep understanding at others. 

This was Brit Bennet’s first novel. According to the internet (here) Warner Bros. has optioned the novel and Kerry Washington has signed on to produce it so kudos to Brit!

If you’ve read this one I’d love to hear your thoughts. 




  1. Mimi's Life
    May 1, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I really admire you and I love your blog, I just wish I could makeup my mind and read like you do, you are an inspiration.

    • Of the comely
      May 2, 2017 / 3:17 am

      Thank you very much Mimi! I'm glad to see you back on Instagram. Have you tried audiobooks?

  2. Nerline Germain
    May 11, 2017 / 7:26 am

    The last time I challenged myself to read 12 books a year, I only read six. So I stopped doing that. Hopefully I will get back in the mood. This is a fantastic review. Thanks for not giving away to much, as I would like to read it. It sounds really short:)

    • Of the comely
      May 12, 2017 / 12:27 am

      Let me know what you think if you read it. I've had years where I didn't reach my reading goal too. Six books is better than no books right.

  3. Mango Fudge
    May 13, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Never heard of it so I'm glad you've featured it on your blog. Reading for me has fallen by the wayside a long, long-long time ago. I'm edging back into it & will try (really hard) to feature my book trails on my blog. 16 books for me would be a dream!! This book sounds entertaining 🙂

    • Of the comely
      May 13, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      I think you would like this one. Have you tried audiobooks? I was dead set against it for years and then I caved and realized how quickly you could get through a book while driving or doing laundry. Just about every book has an audio version too. It's a great way to ease back into reading. If you read this one let me know.

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