Review | An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Hello, fellow readers! I recently visited Minneapolis, MN and met up with a fellow bookstagrammer, @readwithash, at Half Price Books. Ashley reads more contemporary than I typically do, and she kept raving about An American Wedding. She ended up sending me her copy to read once I was home, and I finally got around to reading it at the end of August.

Description: Roy and Celestial are newlyweds with big goals. They are visiting Roy’s parents in Louisiana on their first wedding anniversary when the unthinkable happens. Roy is accused of a crime he did not commit and is sent to prison. Celestial returns to Atlanta to try to continue her life. The story follows them on their emotional journey during Roy’s sentence and early release.

What I Liked: .This is a story that needed to be told, and Tayari Jones’ writing is perfection. I felt every emotion of each character throughout the book. I loved the part of the book that was told via letters between Roy and Celestial as well.

What I Didn’t Like: About half of this book could have been shortened and I still would have gotten the overall message. The first and last quarter of the book is wonderful, but the middle part was very slumpy. Not much happens during this section, and I doubt I would have been able to finish the book without the help of the audiobook. I also found Celestial to be a very unlikeable character. I didn’t really care about her or her happiness by the end of the book.

Final Thoughts: Overall, I rated this book four stars. The story was heavy and emotional and I felt all of it. This had potential to be a five star book, but not enough happened in the plot for me and I was unsatisfied with the ending. I will definitely read more by this author in the future.

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