The Right Thing
By Amy Conner
Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Finish Time: A few nights. I guess this is fitting, as this book comes out today! Even though I finished this book a few weeks ago. Moving had me a bit busier than I would have hoped. So forgive me if this is not my best or most thorough review, I have read 2 other books in between so my memory is not as fresh as it should be.
I found I read this book easily and I was eager to find out what happened next, but it just didn’t “wow” me like some others. I did laugh out loud at parts (Queen for a Day is hilarious!), and others just made me sad (Starr’s family), both made for an interesting, keeps you guessing, read. At times I didn’t quite think that the actions of some of the characters matched up with their personalities, but I guess people can always surprise you. Annie, especially, has a lot of self-discovery and actions not quite characteristic of her previous, safe self (as described by the author.)
The book bounces back and forth between the early 60’s when Annie and Starr meet as 7 year olds (suddenly ripped apart with no explanations), and then when they re-unite some 30 years later in a department store. Their social classes are about the same (one in the upper, other in the lower) but Annie’s loyalties quickly come back and she goes out of her way to help an old friend.
A wild adventure ensues from there, and the book is full of crazy characters and unexpected (and some expected) turns. As I said, a good read, but some parts frustrated me, and others just left me confused. I wasn’t crazy about the ending either. But comes out TODAY, and a good read that makes you wonder what you would do!
Description from Amazon:
On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie’s life, Starr disappears.
Annie grows up to follow the path ordained for pretty, well-to-do Jackson women–marrying an ambitious lawyer, filling her days with shopping and charity work. She barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first fateful summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly reemerges. Starr, pregnant by a powerful married man who wants her to get out of town, has nowhere to turn. And Annie, determined not to fail her friend this time, agrees to drive Starr to New Orleans to get money she’s owed.
During the eventful road trip that follows, Annie will confront the gap between friendship and responsibility;between her safe, ordered existence and the dreams she’s grown accustomed to denying.
Moving, witty, and beautifully told, The Right Thing is a story of love and courage, the powerful impact of friendship, and the small acts that can anchor a life–or, with a little luck, steer it in the right direction at last.