5 Extremely Emotional Stars.
Have you ever been so unprepared for a book that you were completely bowled over by it You start reading and the tears immediately runneth over A part of you recognizes the angst, the fear and the regret The inability to communicate the words that should be said but aren't Yeah for me, that book was "The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls" by Anissa Gray.
There are some families where the dysfunction is so prevalent, so widespread, that it seems almost impossible to unpack - such is the case with the Butlers.
Althea and Proctor did something very illegal: embezzlement - unfortunately, for them, they got caught. Now they have to pay the price with a lengthy jail sentence, leaving Althea's sisters, Viola and Lillian to pick up the pieces.
Althea has never been an easy woman to deal with. She has been hardened by life and has never been able to show affection, not to her sisters, or to her children, Kim and Baby Vi. Her idea of parenting is tough love. Unfortunately, it has had a major impact on all of them - and not in a good way.
What do you do when you can't trust yourself and the fact of the matter is, the people closest to you don't even know you When you are unable to communicate your thoughts and feelings for fear of opening up old wounds Ask the Butler family. Oh wait, you can't. They won't talk about it. Hence why they are in this predicament.
Dysfunction runs rampant in this family, such that it slowly tears the Butlers apart. "The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls" is a work of fiction that ripped me in two, time and again. That said, through Althea, Proctor, Viola, Lillian, Kim and Baby Vi, you can actually feel what they are going through: heartbreak, love, pain and resilience. There were times when my stomach was all knotted up, scared and worried and then there were times when my fingers were crossed. Each moment I was completely in it, with Viola and Lillian. When I realized that this book was Anissa Gray's debut, I was stunned. It is a brilliant read to say the least.
This novel will top my favorites list for 2018. I hope it will appear on yours as well. It is stupendous and it evoked emotions in me that I cannot even begin to express. Books about dysfunctional families are one of my favorite genres and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to read and review it.
A huge thank you to both Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Anissa Gray for an advanced readers copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved it.
Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram on 10.21.18.
Release date: 2.19.19.