The Pisces by Melissa Broder #ARC #Review @MelissaBroder @penguinrandom

The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Expected publication: May 1st, 2018
by Hogarth Press

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

Whip-smart, neurotically funny, sexy, and above all, fearless, The Pisces is built on a premise both sirenic and incredibly real—what happens when you think love will save you but are afraid it might also kill you.

I'll start off by saying that I found something hypnotic about this book because though there were times that I wanted to put it down I just couldn't. You see, there are times where I wish to slap Lucy as I find myself loathing her as I feel that she is merely neurotic, degrading herself and appears to be pathetic, but then I see myself relating to her as all she truly wants is to be wanted, desired and loved. She's a woman with needs that haven't been taken care of, and let's be honest; we all want to be satiated.

Enter Theo who does one heck of a job satisfying Lucy's needs, but whom by the end of the story has me seething with anger, but maybe I just read too much into the end or perhaps I took it the wrong way. I wish I could elaborate but if I were to do so then I would be sharing spoilers, and that's something I merely cannot do.

The author did an outstanding job in writing the progression and degree of growth that occurred within Lucy. You're either going to hate it or love it, but if you are looking for a happily ever after then, this is just not for you.
{I received a galley from Penguin Random House and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed herein are unbiased and my own.}

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