The Lauras by Sara Taylor
Rating: Did Not Finish
Author: Sara Taylor
Pub Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Hogarth imprint of crown publishing
After a fight with Alex’s father, Ma pulls Alex out of bed and onto a pilgrimage of self-discovery through her own enthralling past. Guided by a memory map of places and people from Ma’s life before motherhood, the pair travels from Virginia to California, each new destination and character revealing secrets, stories, and unfinished business. As Alex’s coming-of-age narrative unfolds across the continent, we meet a cast of riveting and heartwarming characters including brilliant Annie, who seeks the help of Ma and Alex to escape the patriarchal cult in which she was raised, and the tragic young Marisol, whose dreams of becoming a mother end in heartbreak.
Slowly, Alex begins to realizes that the road trip is not a string of arbitrary stops, but a journey whose destination is perhaps Ma’s biggest secret of all. Told from the perspective of Alex, a teenager who equates gender identification with unwillingly choosing a side in a war, and written with a stunningly assured lyricism, The Lauras is a fearless study of identity, set against the gorgeously rendered landscape of North America.
"Don't make me turn this car around" - Mom
I smiled to myself at the first page. This is how Sara Taylor starts Alex's story or rather a story of her mother through Alex's eyes. I love the way Sara writes, and I think her descriptions are beautiful and at moments, lyrical. However, because of the content, The Lauras will not be for every reader. I have found myself to be included in that bunch. There is detail, and then there is DETAIL. And not everyone will agree with me when I say (which is totally fine) that I prefer as a reader to not be told (or shown) every single thing. There is one chapter I just couldn't get past as a reader because I felt that it was too sexually graphic. And honestly, it made me pretty uncomfortable. Maybe a few years back I would've pressed through. But if I'm not comfortable with the content that I'm reading, I can close the book, and move on to the next thing! Which is what I'm choosing to do with The Lauras.
I am in no way saying that you shouldn't check this book out because if certain content doesn't bother you, you might end up loving this coming of age story. I know there are a lot of readers who have! I wanted to love this book so much! Who knows, maybe one day I'll be able to pick it up again and get more acquainted with Alex and Ma.
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