Flawed Happiness, the debut novel by Cori Tadrus centers around Athena Wallace, a columnist who has spent the first thirty years of her life desperately trying to be perfect. But as her sassy, unfiltered best friend, Nadine, points out, “being perfect ain’t got shit to do with being happy.” With this reality weighing heavily on her, Athena takes on a new assignment at the magazine where she works doing an exposé on how six strangers seek happiness through the exotic venues of Manhattan nightlife. Side by side with an eclectic cast of characters – including a millionaire attorney who moonlights as a drag queen and a motorcycle-riding grandma with a ‘fuck-it’ list – Athena embarks on a soulful, and often satirical, journey to find her happiness. As she discovers, sometimes you have to look outside of yourself in order to become the person you are meant to be.
Flawed Happiness has everything a reader requires when looking for a good book to fall into. The characters were relatable, down to earth and funny. I considered Athena, Lori and Nadine my very best friends before I finished chapter one. I spent the entire time talking to the pages as if they could hear me. Another thing a reader looks for is description. Too little and you can’t get a feel for where the story is taking place and too much takes away from the story. Cori understands this delicate balance as she did a fantastic job of setting the scenes. I live in the New York City area and she still managed to get me mesmerized by the descriptions of the locations mentioned. Most importantly, readers need a good topic or theme of the story. This books is about Athena about letting go the perfect means happy ideals an embracing life and being happy with wherever it takes her. This is something we ask and seek for ourselves everyday. When I was finished it made me sit back and think about the things that truly made me happy. While I am happy, it allowed me to see where I could learn to let go a little more in order to find my flawed happiness.
With summer around the corner this without a doubt a book that should be in your beach bag or in your carry on bag for your flight. As moms its hard for us to get a moment to finish off a book but this is one that you will happily pick up any chance you can get. I look forward to more thought provoking reads from Cori, whether its a follow up on Athena or a new story with new characters. She is absolutely that author who should be kept on your favorites list.
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Please note the opinions expressed in this piece are my own. I received a complementary copy of the book for the purpose of its review. You can purchase Flawed Happiness on Amazon.
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