Review of "The X" Book by Lorena Bathey!
April 3, 2013 by

As a young girl, anytime I said I was bored, my mother would say "go pick up a book". I did...
sometimes! I read a lot in high school. It was the "in" thing then, to take turns reading novels by
Eric Jerome Dickey, Omar Tyree, Terry Macmillan or the likes. Once my friends and I found books
we enjoyed reading, we'd passed it on just so we'll have someone to share juicy opinions with! After
all, what fun is discussing a story if no one knows what you're talking about?

I honestly haven't picked up a book in years. Probably since I've given birth to my first child.
The opportunity came to review a book called "The X" by Lorena Bathey, and I thought this would
be the perfect opportunity to become the avid reader I once was. I was a little nervous about this
review, because I am a person that will let people know if I do not like something. Thinking back to
conversations I had with old friends discussing what I liked and didn't like about a book, I kept my
fingers cross hoping for a good ride...boy was it a good ride!

About the book: Long story short, the book is about a woman named Clarissa Hadonfield who was a naive homemaker
who lived for her children. She worked sometimes in a flower shop and was dependent on her husband whom she soon
realized was not the man she thought. Poor Clarissa was sleeping with the enemy! Desperate moments called for action
and this woman showed that there is nothing a woman would not do or risk for those she loves.

My opinion: This was a tough read. Don't get me wrong, I mean that in a good way! There were actually moments where I shed tears reading this book. I also had moments of laughing and a few blushes. The author did such a wonderful job describing people, when I closed my eyes I could really picture what I was reading. There was heart break, anger, physical pain, death and a hint of love. I put myself in the shoes of this woman, which wasn't hard because I'm a homemaker and the mother of two boys. Seeing everything she went through with teens who were no longer the affectionate types made me pray my kids continue to hug me and show respect. This story had me thinking I need to use my college degrees incase I have to kick my husband's a** one day (figuratively of course :) ). It really does make a woman wonder 'what if?' To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this book, I received it on April 3rd, and finished it while laying in bed. It's over 200 pages long and I couldn't put it down! I had to know what happened next.

Favorite parts: SPOILER ALERT!!!

  • Think manure, expensive cars and a house. Wow...I laughed so much at this moment of revenge that I pictured myself slapping her high five!
  • Death...I did not see this coming. There were so many twists in this story, don't you love shockers?
  • I was happy to read about the whooping she put on the stranger she once loved.

There were a few parts of this book I felt were a little lacking, mainly the transition from Chapter 9 into Chapter 10. I thought there could have been a little more information added there since it ended with a question that went unanswered. Other than that I think this was an entertaining read that will keep you interested. If there was a part two, I would definitely want to read it to find out if Clarissa ended up in a loving relationship. A new one seemed to be brewing, that could be both juicy and drama filled!

Get your hands on a copy!!!