Young Widows Club



Seventeen Year Old Tamsen Baird Didn T Set Out To Become A Teenage Widow All She Did Was Fall In Love And Get Married But When Her Nineteen Year Old Husband, Noah, Dies Suddenly In The Middle Of The Night, Her Whole Life Changes Now Tam Is Forced To Return To The Existence She Thought She D Left Behind Beginning With Moving Back Home And Finishing High School But In Order To Overcome Her Loss And Find Her Way Forward, She Ll Need To Reinvent Herself And Reach Out To Others In Ways She Never Imagined She Ll Need To Open Herself Up To Living And Even Loving AgainIn Young Widows Club, Alexandra Coutts Depicts A Teenager Whose Struggle With Grief And Disappointment Is Heartbreakingly Real And, In The End, Powerfully UpliftingYoung Widows Club

Alexandra Bullen Coutts has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader, yoga instructor and personal assistant She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives most of the year full time on Martha s Vineyard.

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Young Widows Club
  • Alexandra Coutts
  • English
  • 12 November 2017
  • 0374301263

10 thoughts on “Young Widows Club

  1. says:

    Initial reaction So, for the record this was a huge improvement over Tumble and Fall in my opinion Even with a story over such a difficult subject and the potential for connections, there were times when this book had me and other times it lost me I think Tamsen s insecurities and feelings of loss were palpable, and certainly it wasn t an easy spell considering what she d been through, but there were other things about this narrative that just didn t sit that well with me I m going to giv Initial reaction So, for the record this was a huge improvement over Tumble and Fall in my opinion Even with a story over such a difficult subject and the potential for connections, there were times when this book had me and other times it lost me I think Tamsen s insecurities and feelings of loss were palpable, and certainly it wasn t an easy spell considering what she d been through, but there were other things about this narrative that just didn t sit that well with me I m going to give myself a little bit to meditate on it and then write my full review, but it won t be posted here until closer to the book s release.Full review Young Widows Club is definitely a book I ve never come across in the scheme of YA before, and by the very nature of it, it s a unique premise and something worth reading about But it s also a touchy topic becauseit showcases a teen who marries very young, her new husband, Noah, unexpectedly dies in his sleep, and leaves her behind grapping with both her grief and wondering what to do with her life in the aftermath I struggled with Coutts s last narrative because of a startling lack of intimacy with the character experiences and gravity for the scenario, but this book did marginally better with showing Tamsen s experiences and adjusting to so much change after the loss of her husband Notice I say marginallyon that in a little bit I really appreciated the focus on the grief group and Tamsen s coming to terms even while moving back home with her father and stepmother which set up an interesting parallel because Tamsen s father married young, and her mother also passed away unexpectedly Noah s parents are also involved in Tam s life, because they were helping Tam and Noah build a house for themselves She returns to school reluctantly, but also tries to manage Noah s former band and finds that so much has changed since Noah s no longer part of the band that it gives her a significant amount of grief And I ll admit, I felt for Tam because of the nature of her loss had not only changed her, but things around her There s a caveat to this though I feel like on one hand, Tam s narrative voice still felt at an odd distance On the other, she s naturally hud and tries to pass off her grief with a distance in her humor Realistic yes, but the narrative still felt like it didn t give an intimate eye to some of her experiences Even Tam s memories of Noah were shortchanged and while I could feel her loss and coping, I couldn t fully connect with her relationship with Noah because of the way this narrative chose to narrate that part of her life.The other thing that bothered me in this narrative was that I couldn t ship the shipped relationship here at all She s 17, the second LI is 26 that s a huge age gap Granted, I m not going to say that aspect isn t realistic because Tamsen s experiences had her mature very quickly in the grander scheme of things I could also accept to some degree that her meeting someone in her grief group whom she connected with was plausible.But dude, I still didn t really get the relationship between Tam and Colin Colin at first seemed to be a nice guy, and I figured Okay, maybe they ll have a point of connection because they unexpectedly lost someone and maybe be lifelong friends I ve even seen this happen with people in my personal circles, even one where the age gap was just over 10 years But in this narrative, the overt shipping just didn twork Or feel acceptable to me for that matter It felt awkward, even borderline creepy at times based on Colin s actions I don t think the narrative treated it realistically Considering also this is a YA book and not an adult book you have to be careful about how you portray these kinds of relationships with your audience in mind If this were an adult novel, andvetted out with the relationship history, backgrounds, and coming to terms, I d probably belikely to see through it without judgment, but there was so much about this narrative that felt lacking despite bringing a different topic, even one in its nature controversial, to the table.It s a mixed bag of a story for handling and portrayal, so I felt on the fence about it I definitely appreciated the eye to Tamsen s grief and how it showed her moving forward in the aftermath of Noah s death while grappling with changes in her life and relationships, but there s so much working against it for lack of background, sensitivity to the relationships and mindfulness in how such tough subject come across, that I feel like the narrative didn t completely sell me on everything it was trying to do.But at least this narrative makes me want to see what else Coutts has up her sleeve storywise.Overall score 3 5 starsNote I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher

  2. says:

    I really liked this book but There are many butsFirst, let s talk about the weirdness, of which there was quite a bit The premise of the book is that seventeen year old Tamsen marries her nineteen year old boyfriend, and then he dies I ve read a YA book in which high school students want to get married because one of them is about to be deported I ve read dystopian YA in which the characters are forced into a polygamous marriage or just forced into marriage In fact, in YA dystopians a I really liked this book but There are many butsFirst, let s talk about the weirdness, of which there was quite a bit The premise of the book is that seventeen year old Tamsen marries her nineteen year old boyfriend, and then he dies I ve read a YA book in which high school students want to get married because one of them is about to be deported I ve read dystopian YA in which the characters are forced into a polygamous marriage or just forced into marriage In fact, in YA dystopians and fairy tales, teens being forced into marriage is a common plot point.So why did Tamsen and Noahwillingly get married The blurb suggests that she was trying to escape from her claustrophobic life on the island, but that doesn t seem accurate to me You don t need to be married to say, leave the island to go to college on the mainland And after these teen lovebirds tie the knot, they don t escape from the island at all They live in a Tiny House that Noah s dad built them A house that s right next to Noah s parents house Uh, claustrophobic much Why does Tamsen say she got married As she explains it, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Noah Why wait Uh, because you re a seventeen year old who can t even get married in the state of Massachusetts without parental permission Because you haven t finished high school yet.Next we have the problem of the inaccurate title While young widows club is a very catchy one, there is really no such thing in the book Yes, Tamsen joins a grief support group that is filled with widows and widowers Many are relatively young though Tamsen, that cruel, cruel girl, calls them middle aged Sorry to break it to you, but there is no club of teenaged widows in this story.But when I managed to get past the gimmicky quality of the title and premise, I really liked this book It s a quiet contemporary and I thought it was a moving grief story maybe one of the best grief stories that I ve read recently After Noah s death, Tamsen is confused She s angry She feels lost and alone Many grief books add drama by having a character die under some sort of questionable circumstances, but Young Widows Club has Noah die in his sleep from some undiagnosed, congenital condition I thought that was an interesting choice, because it made the book all about the grief.The book s whole set up was beautifully done as well I think one of the hardest things about grief and loss is that the world just spins along, which feels confusing and wrong In the story, Noah was in a band, and Tamsen has to deal with the fact that the band decides to move on without him, and to continue to use their old songs, many of which were written about Tamsen by Noah There s a strong family element, as Tamsen s mother died when she was young and Tamsen s father remarried and had twochildren I really liked the way Tam s father had to struggle to come to terms with some of the ways he d failed her as a parent as a result of his own grief, and how he worked hard to finally be the dad that she needed And I loved the way the book showed that, in a grief situation, sometimes the people you thought you could count on let you down, but then you find support in completely unexpected places.Okay, there s a bitweirdness I didn t mention before Let s just get it over with quickly, like pulling off a band aid Tamsen starts to fall for an older cough twenty six year old cough guy In a regular YA without married teenagers who want to escape yet don t and then become widows, this kind of relationship would have been a huge deal breaker for me But given all the other weirdness, I actually thought it worked Go figure It was a slow moving and somewhat bumpy romance, which helped.tl tr In the end, I really liked this It s a very different book that you might expect, given the title But if you re looking for a quiet sort of grief book, I suggest you give it a try.Readof my reviews on JenRyland.com Check out my Bookstagram Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube get the lowdown on current books in 10 30 seconds

  3. says:

    Reader, I skimmed this.A month or so ago, on Twitter, I asked out of curiosity if anyone knew whether or not young married girls belonged in YA The general consensus was, As long as the protagonist is YA aged and the subject is presented in a way that makes sense for the audience, it goes And then, a few people asked me if I had The Young Widows Club on my radar.Let me be honest from the bottom of my heart, I went in wanting to like this It was a trope I was curious about, it seemed like i Reader, I skimmed this.A month or so ago, on Twitter, I asked out of curiosity if anyone knew whether or not young married girls belonged in YA The general consensus was, As long as the protagonist is YA aged and the subject is presented in a way that makes sense for the audience, it goes And then, a few people asked me if I had The Young Widows Club on my radar.Let me be honest from the bottom of my heart, I went in wanting to like this It was a trope I was curious about, it seemed like it had the potential to be heartwrenchingly, touchingly dealt with, and the summary sounded like it d live up to what it promised.And I gave it a good old fashioned try, butI am just not connecting with it At all Compared to what I expected, it feelslike it is exploring the usual element of remarried parent, hating the stepmother for seemingly erasing the mom s memory, wanting to escape from school and live independentlythe entire element of a lost marriage, and bereavement, felt like it took a backseat and was altogether forced Maybe I ll try this again It might be just me, and not this book But I got midway, skipped to the end and had some of my suspicions about where it was heading confirmedand I think that s it for right now

  4. says:

    I m moonwalking away from this book muttering nope nope nope under my breath.

  5. says:

    17 year old Tamsen Baird dropped out of school to marry her 19 year old sweetheart, only to have him die on her a month later Suddenly on her own again, she is back to living with her parents and going to high school She thought she had escaped Now she has to remember how to live again.The concept of this book fascinated me A 17 year old widow Talk about possibility I loved the idea of a teenager who has become an adult having to go back to being a teenager Her grieving aside, that 17 year old Tamsen Baird dropped out of school to marry her 19 year old sweetheart, only to have him die on her a month later Suddenly on her own again, she is back to living with her parents and going to high school She thought she had escaped Now she has to remember how to live again.The concept of this book fascinated me A 17 year old widow Talk about possibility I loved the idea of a teenager who has become an adult having to go back to being a teenager Her grieving aside, that makes for an interesting setting Adding on her grief difficult home life only addeddimensions In some ways, this book lived up to my hopes Tam is a strong, unique character The author does a good job of capturing her grief The Young Widows group could have used somedevelopment, but it too provides a sympathetic look at women from different walks of life struggling with their loss Overall, this book does a good job of illustrating Tam s adjustment back into everyday life However, in the end it was still YA Tam copes with her grief by becoming somewhat romantically involved with someone and though I found it understandable, even realistic, I did not like it at all I felt frustrated every time they were together He was too old for her and clearly emotionally not ready It was also frustrating howmature Tam was Although I came to this book drawn to the idea of a maturer heroine, I quickly realized that it would have beentrue to her age to make herof a teenager I mean, yeah, she does a ton of stupid stuff from breaking and entering to underage drinking but emotionally she responds and acts like an adult I just don t think it would happen that way It jarred the rest of the story and her actions And while this didn t have a typical happily ever after ending, there was a sense that everything turned out okay It was a littledisquieting After all that, things are just going to keep on looking up Maybe Overall, though, a nice addition to the YA world It is good to see a different kind of heroine on the opposite side of her romance

  6. says:

    How do you both like a dislike a book at the same time This is the quandary that is Young Widows Club Review closer to release date Maybe then I ll have a better sense of things.

  7. says:

    This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight This is a hard one, because there were quite a few things I quite liked about it, but there were also a few things that nagged me through the book.Tam short for Tamsen, which sounds like some kind of spice, not a girl s name has just lost her husband, at seventeen This is where I first was a little unsure of the story, of course Because why is she married at seventeen At first I d assumed he would be in the military, or maybe even o This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight This is a hard one, because there were quite a few things I quite liked about it, but there were also a few things that nagged me through the book.Tam short for Tamsen, which sounds like some kind of spice, not a girl s name has just lost her husband, at seventeen This is where I first was a little unsure of the story, of course Because why is she married at seventeen At first I d assumed he would be in the military, or maybe even one of those A Walk to Remember situations where she knew he was dying, so they got married But alas, no They just did Which kind of bugged me through the whole book Noah the husband was nineteen and he died in his sleep of some heart thing that no one knew he had or whatever Okay, that stuff happens Obviously, Tam is devastated She isn t in school because um reasons Noah is was in a band, and I guess she planned on being with them This makes me sad for Tam on an entirely different level, because who drops out of high school at seventeen and plans to follow a local band around I digress So Tam s plans for her life are basically derailed with Noah s death She doesn t have a great relationship with her dad or stepmother, and pretty much clings to her old life with Noah She stays in the house they were fixing up on his parents property, she spends countless hours with the band, and wants so much for nothing else to change In this respect, I felt that while it was sad, it was incredibly accurate I can t imagine a widow, especially one as young and lost as Tam, just leaving everything behind and starting over The problem was, Noah s band was moving on, and Tam wasn t really part of things any Eventually, Tam is forced yes, forced, this isn t her choice to return to school and to attend a widow support group The widows aren t all young, as the title suggests Tam is by far the youngest widow But the group is a great mix of people with different experiences, and I think it added a lot to Tam s story School does also, as Tam starts to realize that she can have friends and interests outside of Noah There s a bit of an additional romance too It s another widow, though he is nine years Tam s senior That didn t really bug me, because they obviously share a lot in common that most people of either of their ages would not understand So at times, it was a little weird, but it was also not a fast moving romance, so it didn t seem wildly inappropriate, given the situation Tam s dad and stepmother seemed so unfeeling and unsympathetic Though I guess for people who okayed their daughter s marriage at seventeen for no legitimate reason, it fit Noah s parents were amazing I loved them, and their love for Tam was evident Even through their suffering, they looked out for Tam Here s the problem I had I didn t care about Noah I mean, sad that a young person died, of course, but other than that Eh I didn t get any sense of who he was, honestly And because of that, I felt like his death actually did Tam a huge favor She d never have gone to school, met new people, or really even had a chance to find out who she was Bottom Line I enjoyed Tam s story and evolution I wish I d hadinsight into why she d given up her identity for Noah to begin with, but I enjoyed watching her grow without him all the same I probably would have feltif I hadn t been as apathetic about the loss

  8. says:

    Okay first I have to say that this book was both crazy and maddening for me I loved to love it and I loved to hate it I mean getting married at such an early age was a new one for me I have been married for many years and it took me a lot to get married because it is a serious matter and when Tam got married she was happy until tragedy happened to her.She is only 17 years old and she loses her husband After losing her husband she knows she has to start her life all over again She does not w Okay first I have to say that this book was both crazy and maddening for me I loved to love it and I loved to hate it I mean getting married at such an early age was a new one for me I have been married for many years and it took me a lot to get married because it is a serious matter and when Tam got married she was happy until tragedy happened to her.She is only 17 years old and she loses her husband After losing her husband she knows she has to start her life all over again She does not want to go back to her home town because there was nothing there for her so why go back to nothing But she knows she has to do something to move on Be fore she does she will go through a series of ups and downs and decides she needs to start a therapy group called The Young Widows Club This club will help Tam and others heal from the pain of the loss of a spouse This book will have you both yelling and crying because it is so emotional

  9. says:

    For a book that s about a variety of emotional subjects the death of a parent, the death of a spouse, the stages of grief, therapy, learning to love again , this was disappointingly unemotional I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters and the story lines seemed to be quickly addressed and wrapped up without any development or drama Don t get me wrong I don t think this needed to be some melodramatic soap opera, but it definitely neededthan it gave.

  10. says:

    Started off with so much potential, then went down hill I ended up skimming to the end.

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