Jill F. (Blackwood, NJ)
Too many shortcuts
This could have been a really good book; it grabbed my attention right away and drew me in, but there were glaring implausibility that ruined it for me. The events that led to Maddy being in the car at the time of the accident would not have happened, and the fact that the other driver was drunk would not have negated Ben's culpability especially with so many witnesses in a high profile case. If you want to read a really well researched book that deals with brain injury in a realistic way I suggest "Left Neglected," Lisa Genova .
Rose N. (Saginaw, MI)
Accidents of Marriage
Accidents of Marriage tells the story of the Illica family, Ben, Maddy, Emma, Gracie and Caleb, before and after a tragic traffic accident severely injures wife and mother Maddy. It is a story of the troubled 'accident' of marriage between Ben and Maddy and the actual accident that changes the lives, not only of Maddy, but also of Ben and the children, especially fifteen-year-old Emma. The characters of Ben, Maddy and Emma are fully developed in alternating chapters devoted to each individually. We feel the anxiety, the anger, the worry, the hate, the love each experiences as Maddy begins the long road to recovery and Ben tries to conquer his moments of rage. Theirs is a fragile relationship which all are struggling to preserve.
Meyers' writing style is reminiscent of that of Anne Tyler in the way it paints a realistic portrait of a family confronted with real problems to which one can truly relate.
Book clubs would find much to discuss after reading and enjoying Accidents of Marriage.
Sharon A. (Tierra Verde, FL)
Predictable Family Dynamics-A So-So Read
The book was readable, but predictable in the storytelling. You knew what was going to happen, just not when. The story was drawn out, fewer words would have been better. A lot of family dynamics, a story of a very dysfunctional family. Ben, the dad, didn't seem real with his I'll be good now" persona. The meddling parents of Ben & Maddy were the most realistic. The ending seemed abrupt.
Mary Lou F. (Naples, FL)
Families with an angry member can become very dysfunctional and everyone suffers. Written very well and I didn't want to stop reading. I now want to read other books Ms. Meyers has written.
Carol T. (Ankeny, IA)
I'm afraid I needed more in order to really like this book - more plot, more rounded characters, and, frankly, more editing to keep up the pace. While it picked up in places, very often the book lagged and begged me to put it down. With a little more editing and more well-rounded characters, this could easily be one I recommend to friends.
Lucy B. (Urbana, OH)
A family's disaster
No one wins in the story about this family Many things can happen in an instant that affects people in very devastating ways, and there is no way to reverse what has happened. I believe that Maddy did the right thing in the end, but my sadness is really for Emma, Gracie, and Caleb. Children can't always understand why some decisions are for the best.
The author did a great job presenting this story from start to finish. I feel like everyone should read this book. I'm glad that I had the opportunity.
Karen R. (Staten Island, NY)
Accidents of Marriage
Just an okay read for me. Interesting story at first, but then became predictable and a bit drawn out. I felt the ending was a bit disappointing.