Books for Breakfast #52

Book Reviews

This time I read:
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
I feel like divorce and failed marriages have been a big plot point in books I’ve been reading recently and it’s the biggest plot point in this book as well. The Divorce Papers was a thrilling read though, even though it made me a little bit freaked out about marriage. My favorite part of this book, hand’s down, was the writing style. The story is told through a collection of interoffice memos, handwritten notes, e-mails, newspaper clippings, and law documents. It doesn’t have any actual narration of the characters at all. I found this amazing because you are gleaning all your ideas and feelings towards the characters only through their written communication. It made me wonder how people would think of me if they only got to judge me based on my written content, which is different than my blog, since that also has pictures and what not. It’s an interesting way to build up characters. 
I really enjoyed reading this book though and it certainly made me never want to get divorced in the future. Work through your problems! Talk more! Don’t ignore your problems for too long! Reading the legal documents was really interesting, it feels like I got an inside view into what lawyers deal with and man, it must suck to be a divorce lawyer in real life! Anytime the story mentioned the daughter, only 11 years old, I wanted to cry! I was never involved first hand in a divorce, so I can’t really relate to the stories, but it’s clear that divorce is terrible when a young child is involved! Also, I couldn’t help but love the wife (Mia) and hate her husband (Daniel), who served her the divorce papers….at a restaurant in front of friends/peers!! I would be livid if that happened to me! 
The book also provides a look into what divorce and life, in some regards, is like for people in the upper middle class. Divorces with lots of capital can get pretty messy and even the most trivial details seem to be argued over. 
Still, my favorite part by far is the way this book was written, which I know I already spoke about. It gives such an interesting look at the characters in so many different settings! Hand written notes to loved one, interoffice memos, and e-mails to friends about social going ons. I love Sophie, the lawyer and mainly every character! You even grow to like some characters that you hate in the start (at least I did!) but, in the end, I still disliked Daniel, he was big jerk the entire time. As the reader, you constantly wonder why Mia married him in the first place! 
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Even if it did make me a bit scared of marriage/divorce! If you’re looking for a fresh way of reading a story, this takes the cake! 
Next on my reading list are: The Golem and The JinniOrphan Train

Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my review from Blogging for Books.

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Your fears are exactly what turns me off divorce books! I find the topic so sad and scary but you're right, it's all about communication. It's good that the book shows the bad side and the idea that you shouldn't put relationship problems off.

  • Taylor Yates

    I totally know what you mean! Between movies and books I'm terrified of divorce… I guess a little of that is healthy though right? Encourages compromise and putting a lot of thought into who you marry in the first place.


  • I have been seeing this book everywhere lately! I'm pretty terrified of divorce too, so this would be a hard read for me, i think. It is really interesting how they write about the characters. A whole new way to get to know them. Really neat

  • Kay

    Sounds very interesting for sure! It sounds like I'd enjoy the writing style – I tend to enjoy unique writing styles, though sometimes they get on my nerves. I think the fact that it involves a young girl would be SO hard for me, though!

  • I've heard of this book and it looks really interesting!! Adding it to my to read list!

  • I feel like I don't even search them out, it's just that in every book I read it feels like at least one character gets a divorce! Why can't I read happy marriage books?? But I agree that putting off problems is one surefire way to ruin a relationship.

  • I'm always intrigued by books that employ a different writing style or organization, which is why I probably talk about "organization" of a story so much xD It can really make a difference! Like House of Leaves 🙂

  • I completely agree! I think it is a bit healthy to be afraid of divorce, thinking you are immune to problems is worse than being a on your toes about them! Compromise is important! Especially in long lasting relationships!

  • I really enjoyed reading it, although reading it through the lawyers memos and documents made gave me a different view on it, since it wasn't the same feeling as reading it through a first person narrative.

  • Every time I read something about the 11 year old it made me want to jump into the book world and give her a big hug! 🙁 I liked the writing style, I've read some unique ones that got on my nerves, but this reminded me of reading through a case file almost!

  • Yes! It's really intriguing! The writing style was just too cool!

  • I'm going to go buy this now. It sounds like my kind of thing for sure!

    My parents split up in the summer and are going through a divorce now, and I can promise you that it's probably a million times worse to be watching it as an adult!

  • It was really interesting! I've never personally gone through a divorce, but one of my friend's parents divorced while we were in high school and watching her go through it was terrible. I feel like it's hard to deal with regardless of the age of the children! I'm sorry you're going through that right now D: