✨Review✨One Hundred Days ~ Alice Pung If I had to describe

✨Review✨One Hundred Days ~ Alice Pung If I had to describe

8/13/2021, 9:42:15 AM
✨Review✨One Hundred Days ~ Alice Pung If I had to describe this book in one word it would be suffocating. It was not a smart lockdown read for me and it gave the kind of anxiety that sat in my throat. With just a sprinkle of fury. Written in the second person this book puts you right in the thick of the pregnant teens thoughts. “You” is her unborn baby, and she’s narrating their lives. It’s so well written, you feel Karuna’s pain. Her fear, her joy, her frustration. And boy is there is frustration. Grand Mar is one of the most stifling characters I’ve read, as she locks Karuna in their house for 100 days to “keep them safe”. I think there’s an added element of culture here that I’ll never fully understand and am not going to pretend to understand, but it does add an extra element. This book reignited the thought in me that not all people who are abusive know they are. Grand Mar is certainly abusive. But is it done out of love for Karuna? Can you ever do something like that out of love? Yeah nah. It’s a no from me. Karuna herself says something about love and control. If someone is controlling you, it is absolutely not love. But it also goes to show what inter generational trauma can do 🚨 Minor spoiler in this paragraph: I think the pivot in Grand Mar towards the end was odd and out of character. It seemed like it was just to make it a convenient ending, and I’m not sure life is like that. We don’t stand up to people once and then they change. I think it’s a lesson that we should listen to teenagers. Like honestly. Listen to them. Listen when they tell you something is bugging them, listen to them when they are excited, or happy, or sad. Listen to mothers when they say they know what’s best for their child. This is another one from my @wellread __ subscription and another one I probably wouldn’t have read unless it showed up on my doorstep! Super glad I read it, but pick the right time if you’re planning on reading it too! cw: emotional abuse [ID: One Hundred Days has a baby pink and yellow cover lays open on a white with pink and yellow and blue flowers on it doona.]

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