A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

A Cloud in the Shape of a GirlA Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson
on October 23rd 2018
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1501194364
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“What if your life sneaked up behind you, tapped you on the shoulder, and said, Guess what, I’m already here.”

A Cloud in the shape of a girl follows the story of three women, Evelyn, Laura, and Grace. Three generations of women from one family and their lives, their loves, their choices and the men in their lives. Each woman has something she is dealing with ranging from marital issues, infidelity, heartbreak, addiction, dysfunction with the family, secrets, longing and coming to terms with death.

“I have lived my life sandwiched between two angry women.”

Each of the women in this book are stuck in their lives. Stuck with the choices they have made, being too comfortable being uncomfortable. The book deals with many issues/themes – addiction, infidelity, pregnancy, illness, dying, and heartbreak to name a few. I found this to be a bleak book with very little happiness. I think one must be in the mood to read such a book. The writing is very good and some of the characters may be relate-able. Evelyn gave up her career aspirations for a family – for children that she struggled to bond with. Laura is her daughter and she lives in an unhappy marriage with a husband who drinks way too much and a son who is in and out of rehab. Grace is Laura’s daughter and she keeps her family at arm’s length. She also makes poor choices in terms of who she lets in her life and the reader is left to wonder if Grace will in fact, break free from the cycle and find a way to live a satisfying life.

This book felt like a character study on sadness. It shows how patterns can be repeated, how not having a healthy relationship to use as a model, that children may grow up to repeat their parent’s patterns and about relationships. This book shows how choices, no matter how big or small can affect and change one’s life. There is a lot to think about in this book, which would make this book a good book club choice.

Very well written somber story about three women in one family.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.