REVIEW: “Bitches of Brooklyn” Rosemary Harris

Bitches of Brooklyn Book Cover Bitches of Brooklyn
Rosemary Harris
Chick Lit
340

Are they really bitches? That depends who you ask...

Rachel, Clare, Tina and Jane are four friends awaiting the arrival of a fifth at a secluded Cape Cod bungalow where they spend an all-girls weekend every year since reconnecting at a reunion. But the fifth woman doesn't show. Instead she sends a note that reads - "I've run off with one of your men."

Has she? Is it a prank? Do they run for the phone or try to enjoy the weekend without her? Fast, funny and filled with Harris' trademark snappy dialogue you'll recognize friends and maybe a little of yourself as the women are forced to reevaluate their friendships, their marriages and their memories.

Inspired by a classic Hollywood film, The Bitches of Brooklyn is for every woman who's ever had a best friend and wondered...is she really??

I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

“Bitches of Brooklyn” definitely deserves it’s place in the Chick Lit genre. It revolves around a group of five women, who are supposed to spend a weekend together. When one doesn’t show up, giving only the explanation that she has ‘run off with one of their men’, the remaining four women quickly switch gears to engage in behaviour that women all over the world would recognise immediately; quiet doubt that perhaps someone you trust isn’t quite all they seem to be.

The book explores the lives of the four women. Each have their own issue, from which their insecurities over the whereabouts of their missing friend stemmed. Harris explored these issues well; they were believable and recognisable, even though I’m twenty years younger than the protagonists. I liked how the story progressed, and the small details that Harris included, like the loving grandmother, and the nighttime break-in to a public place – these added some much needed depth to a story that may have otherwise been all caught up in the heads of the four women.

There was one facet of the book, however, which annoyed me immensely. This group of women were dubbed ‘Bitches of Brooklyn’ in their teens, hence the title of the book. BUT, there is nothing to indicate that these girls were, in fact, bitches. Rather, they are portrayed as fairly nice, friendly teens. The book then has these girls regularly calling themselves bitches, immediately followed by one of them disclaiming that they’re just joking, or referencing that they earned the name as teenagers. The discrepancy between their behaviour and their nickname frustrated me throughout the book; though perhaps a seemingly minor detail, it felt incongruent with what was otherwise a well-written book, with a flowing plot. It almost seemed as if Harris had settled upon the title and subsequently wrote the reason for it into the book…

That inconsistency aside, I liked the book, and liked that it focused on the relationship between the women, rather than a relationship between a man and a woman. I also liked the ending, which is crucial!! It’s worth a read. 

Want to see what these bitches get up to firsthand? Pick up the e-book here, or the paperback here.

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