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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Book: The Women

 Book: The Women

Author: Kristin Hannah

Pages: 480

This is my 61st read for the year

This is the story of Frankie.  She is a young woman who just finished nursing school and is trying to figure out what to do with her life.  Her older brother, Finley, is getting ready to go to Vietnam and her parents are so proud.  Frankie decides to join the Army Corps as an Army nurse to follow her brother.  When she is arrived she is overwhelmed and under prepared.  Each day she is faced with men who are wounded severly and often beyond help.  And when her tour ends and she has to return home, she cannot figure how she can go back to her sheltered life after what she has seen.

This book was just okay.  I know I know - people are in love with Hannah and her stories, but I just cannot get behind this author's style.  I tried, but I think I might need to be done.  First the good - I like that she decided to write about the Vietnam war instead of WWII area, and focused on the women who served as nurses during this war.  Topic was a good choice and I knew very little about it.  AFter that - there is not much I can say.  The characters were awful.  The parents where ridiculous.  Frankie was not likable.  The writing - not great.  And the love story?  Ridiculous.  I mean, she fell in love with two married men.  One she spent about 5 minutes with before she stated that he changed her.  Come on Hannah.  Do better.

Do not recommend.

Stars: 3 (and that was generous)

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