Can I Give My Husband Back by Kristen Bailey
Bookouture | June 19th 2020
I would recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to anyone going through or has gone through a divorce. And especially anyone who has been married to a narcissist. I don’t mean “oh, they’re so fucking selfish” kind of narcissist. I mean the “anytime, anything, anywhere happens that could possibly be their fault it’s a vast conspiracy because nothing is ever their fault” sort of narcissist.
(Side note: FUCK am I happy to no longer be married to that douchecanoe.)
I very much related to Emma. And this book was a bit of fantasy therapy for me. Emma was able to triumph in a way only fiction can give. She finally faced that she’d been pretending her marriage was fine and normal, that she wasn’t being disregarded and discarded in private, while expected to hold up the public image of a perfect family. Kristen Bailey created a world of wonderful characters, but Emma stands out. The story takes you on Emma’s journey from scared, confused and newly divorced to strong, determined to live an authentic life and standing up for herself and her daughter’s needs.
And this story is *fucking hilarious*. From the chapter titles to the baby throwing up on Emma at a wedding, every heartfelt or emotional moment is matched by the real life humor of the characters, or the insane situations they find themselves in.
Oh, and it’s a sex book. Not necessarily a *sexy* book (though there is some of that, too.) Emma’s sisters and friend are determined that she get laid after her divorce (sounds familiar… *cough*Birdie*cough*). I won’t spoil anything (because you really should read this) but there’s a scene where Batman and Barbie are getting it on in the laundry room.
Five stars, absolutely.