✨Review✨The Smash Up ~ Ali Benjamin In The Smash-Up we’re

✨Review✨The Smash Up ~ Ali Benjamin In The Smash-Up we’re

2/23/2021, 7:49:24 AM
✨Review✨The Smash Up ~ Ali Benjamin In The Smash-Up we’re dropped into the lives of Ethan and Zo and their daughter Alex. It’s sometime in 2018, the 2016 presidential election has changed the lives of many and has seen Zo become increasingly angry, and Ethan is about to see his old company go down in the wake of sexual assault allegations against his former partner. First up, I don’t think this will be for everyone. But I LOVED it. It’s heavy on social justice, and the #metoo movement. Much of it was written from Ethan’s perspective and I think this is what makes the book so good. It would have been great from Zo’s POV but I also think that the way it’s written allowed for a bit more nuance in conversation than we generally get. It’s this nuance that made me just uncomfortable enough to have me question how I come across in my activism. We are becoming increasingly politically polarised, and I think there needs to be some more education where there can be. I’m fiercely left leaning, but reading how Zo’s activism was slowly creating holes in her relationships was a smack in the face because I see this reflected in my relationships somewhat too. Even though satirical in nature, this is 100% real life. People putting themselves in the forefront of the argument when maybe we need to amplify other voices. The impact this can have on the minutiae of everyday life. The things we hold close to heart but keep us blindsided to other perspectives. For me Alex is the hero of this story, as it unfolds we begin to understand why Zo is so aggressive in her activism. And it makes sense. I’m still a bit unsure why Maddy was there, other than to make us hate Ethan a bit more Overall it ticked all the boxes I love in books. Unreliable/unlikable/real characters, social commentary, character driven. It made me uncomfy enough to reflect and oh my god the writing is beautiful. A quote that I really liked “don’t we want people to be able to change? To grow? To learn more and then do better?” @alibenjamin puts it so so well here. Cancel culture is going to ruin us. Thank you to @hachetteaus for the review copy. It’s out today! CW: mild drug use, car accident, sexual assault

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