I finished Sere Prince Halverson’s first novel The Underside of Joy a few weeks ago. The title intrigued me, & I couldn’t hold off on reading it. Underside isn’t a word often used. The Underside of Joy? What would that be? The Underside of Joy, as per the novel {& me}, is what happens when your world as you know it falls apart & what happens as things are coming back together.

I’d pretty strongly recommend this book so I’m going to try to keep my review spoiler-proof. While I’ve never been divorced, a mother, nor a step-mother, I easily saw myself in the struggles & triumphs {no matter how small} of Ella Beane, the main character. I loved the children & the dog. I thought Sere’s character development was great. At different times, I wanted to shout out at Joe, Ella & Paige. The location, set in the North California, made me want to run off & go there just so I too could picnic in the woods by the water.

The end of The Underside of Joy was a bit predictable. I wasn’t shocked by it, but that’s not to say that I didn’t really enjoy the book. In fact, this is the first book I’ve recently read that I quickly passed on to a friend.

I’m looking forward to hearing what the other readers thought of this book & I know they’ll be a lot to talk about from it. To learn more about the author & join in on the discussion, visit BlogHer Book Club for The Underside of Joy.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are all my own.