- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 420.0 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (19 July 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0743LZ4XV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(Spoiler alert) Although I normally like a nice, predictable happy ending, I really enjoyed the fact that the story didn’t end on an unrealistic “happy ever after” note for all the characters, but rather with optimism for the future, as the girls make decisions to deal with their situations and move on with their lives.
I especially loved the tea motif that flows throughout the story, e.g. reading tea leaves, preparing tea in a pot, riding on the teacups fairground ride, etc., as it made the book more unusual and memorable.
I did find it a little difficult to get into the book at first, as each chapter is told from one character’s perspective and there is quite a bit of flashback at the beginning. Stick with it, though – once I’d got into the rhythm, I got engrossed in the girls' lives and whizzed through this book in one sitting!
I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next from this new author!
The author’s writing is brilliant and beautiful and I hope to read more from her soon. She has a way of turning the simplistic things in life into elegant pieces of artwork. I know, I will be thinking about this book for some time to come because of the heart that went into the plot.
Faye goes on a trip to find Ethan, Jack’s best friend, and her friend as well. Abbie questions her life choices, her husband and deals with a mini-crisis of her own. Olivia is wracked with grief and wonders what will happen next. Beth, it seems, is hit the hardest. She just wants to escape the pain so she takes a pill and winds up in the hospital. Each woman has to come to grips with what happened to Jack and either embrace life or walk away.
The Second Cup is an emotive portrait into depression, suicide and the utter despair loved ones feel after someone commits suicide. Six friends, each dealing with their own circumstances at a crossroad, trying to figure out which way to go. Four choose life, one death and one is undecided. A clear message of clinging to what’s important underlies the grief and sadness of losing someone.
There are five POV’s which was confusing at the beginning but I understood why Graye choose multiple views. It brings us right in and as the reader, it’s what’s needed to connect with the five friends. The last chapter is Jack’s and while I’m still a little confused about why it’s in the book, it sheds some light on what led to Jack’s suicide.
Brilliantly written, Graye takes an intense situation and instead of shying away from it, she strips away the bandage so we can see the raw, oozing wound. Depression is in every corner of the world and suicide rates are rising. This book sheds light on why we need to help those suffering from it in any way we can.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it.
“There also seemed to be a calmness between her and the others that hadn’t been there before. Life was like one of Matt’s games and she’d made it to the next level: to adulthood.”
My Rating: 4 stars
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