"Three Women" by Lisa Taddeo
“We pretend to want things we don't want so nobody can see us not getting what we need.” -- Lisa Taddeo, Three Women
Three Women is all about female desire. The book follows three women as they share their most intimate stories about relationships, sex, and sexual desire.
When I started to see all the buzz for Three Women, I got really excited. Publishers, celebrities, and book bloggers from around the world raved over the critically acclaimed "book of the year contender". After seeing those posts, I had high expectations. I immediately bumped Three Women to the top of my TBR list.
Taddeo's writing style started off flawless and easy to read, then she started to write in the second-person narrative. I became incredibly confused, and I found myself losing track of who I was supposed to "be". I had to reread multiple sentences, and sometimes paragraphs, to understand what was going on. I found this to be very distracting and took away from my overall reading experience.
The organization in this book was clear and concise. Every chapter was clearly labeled, so you always knew whose story you were reading.
My favorite part of the book was the background of the women. Each of their stories were very, very unique. I could relate with all of them on multiple occasions, but there were many extreme events where I could not make a connection. For example, I can't connect to having an affair with my married high school teacher, cheating on my husband, or bring in an open relationship. I could relate to having a crush, desiring intimacy, and being in a relationship. I felt that those connections, big or small, were essential to the success of the book.
I had a lot of trouble with the conclusion. I felt like there was a chapter missing. I wanted to know more about what happened to each woman after their drama had concluded. If there was one more chapter to explain the status of what each woman was doing today, I would have felt more satisfied.
The book accomplishes its main goal; establish some sort of connection with the women and the reader. Their background stories as a whole were challenging to relate to because their stories were so individual, but the small events in their life were extremely relatable.
Overall, I enjoyed reading most of the book. I found the women's stories to be unique, but relatable at the same time. There were a few issues that I could not overlook. Due to the lack of conclusion and confusing writing style, I award Three Women 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book to any woman who has wanted to feel desired in any way. Just because I had a hard time reading it, doesn't mean you won't. Giving it a try, it seems to be a controversial book!