I'm sorry, I really am. But this is the most contrived, cliche piece of trash I think I have ever had to read. So overwrought. So dramatic. There were passages that were so bad, we took turns at book club reading them out loud and laughing. If you love low end, southern-ish chick lit, this is the one for you. Otherwise, keep moving.
While charming in its way, this book seemed about thirty years behind the curve to me, touting in sometimes unrealistically lyrical terms, the bonds of women's friendships and overcoming life's challenges with the help of one's friends. Didn't we all learn about consciousness-raising groups in the 60's? Lesbian love is also given an unnecessarily strong boost here; it is already pretty much an accepted fact of life and doesn't need to be wrapped up in a pretty package and sold so hard. We get it, for some women, it's better. This book would have been a lot more interesting, and controversial, a generation ago. Now it seems absurd to portray a group of seven women who decide to go walking together for a week as somehow capturing national attention and effecting change across the globe.
It was okay. Not my favorite. I didn't enjoy the style of writing. There were some touching moments, but most seemed very contrived.
A wonderful story of women, loss, love, happiness, sorrow... a true "chick" book! I only wish we got to know some of the men in the book a little better. This is a road trip reminiscent of Forest Gump's run across country.
I picked this book up at an estate sale and though it is out of my usual genre, I read it and I really liked it. After reading the book, I checked out the 56 member reviews here and found that the average reviews were favorable. Sure, it's chick lit and the moral of the story is that women can be empowered by other women. Some say that the story itself is far fetched and unbelievable...I disagree. Haven't you ever felt like just "taking a break" from all the junk in your life? Well, I have many of times. Good, clean, get-your-stuff- together story. If you're strictly against lesbianism, abortion, beer and wine then this book isn't for you.