This was not the story that I had expected to read when I picked up this book. I was expecting the story to be more humorous and reckless but it wasn’t. The story didn’t make light of the situations that these individuals were in, these characters were realistic and natural. I found myself enjoying this book more than I thought I would.
They call themselves the Core Four. From college graduation, to attending each other weddings, to moving out to the suburbs together, these four individuals have been together through it all. It’s like one big extended family, as all the spouses and kids all get along. It seems like a perfect world for these individuals until one of the couples decides that their marriage is over. The “d” word has shattered this image.
This news shakes the group and I immediately start thinking, “the grass always looks greener on the other side.” I know that others in their group will start to follow them soon but many questions run through my head. Will they all divorce? Will they turn on one another? They’ve been together a long time as a group, will they stay together? What if “the grass is not greener?” What is dating like now? They won’t start dating each other, will they?
It wasn’t long before, three out of the four couples divorced or had started the process of divorcing and only one couple remained with their wedding rings still on. Whew! One couple made it!! But wait, it’s not over yet. The couple has started contemplating their position now. Do they really want to be married? Do they really love each other? Divorce is such an extreme option but what other choice do they have?
This book was a reality check. I liked how the group stayed together and how they tried to help each other when events in their life changed. Being unmarried and single seemed like a great idea, yet they didn’t really see the whole picture. As they projected their positive image to others, what was really going on inside? The options available to them as an uncommitted adult looked wonderful and exciting, until they lived it. The married couple and the choice that they made; I kept wondering how long it was going to last. I could feel this couple’s emotions as they tried to carry through with their plans but there were other things they were contending with.
I really enjoyed how realistic this book felt. Nothing was over-the-top and the characters each had their own identity. I laughed and smiled as the characters moved through their life, trying to make the best of their choices and their situations. A great story with interesting characters.