Sweet Virginia

Sweet Virginia

Surprised Me

4 out of 5 stars

The Out of Line collection has really intrigued me. I love these collections that Audible is doing, especially because they are usually a one-sitting sort of book. This collection isn’t any different. I wanted to include what Audible had to say about the collection since I went into this book pretty blind (honestly picking it first because I love Kristen Bell. Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. 

So, knowing that now, this one makes sense. But Sweet Virginia tells the story of a woman who is struggling. Struggling with a lot of different aspect of being a woman. She’s a new mom but doesn’t feel that bond with her baby that everyone told her she would. She loves her husband but doesn’t seem to be sure if she’s in love with him.  All of this comes to a point in the story – and I won’t ruin the ending, but it was a surprise.

The first half was sort of a “okay, we know who she is, what is going to happen?” And the second half was dystopian almost wtf-like. I genuinely didn’t see it coming and I’m glad I didn’t Kepnes threw me for a loop and I loved it. Honestly, I believe this could be a Hulu series on par with The Handmaid’s Tale.

Book Description:

Sweet Virginia

Audible narration by Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars).
What’s a woman to do when she fails to live up to feminine ideals? It depends on what she’s willing to give up in this darkly comic short story by Caroline Kepnes, the bestselling author of You.

Shelby is struggling with parenthood, marriage, a passive-aggressive mother, and unemployment. But she also has a sweet escape in her beloved Hallmark movies. When a secret admirer promises to sweep her away into a world of those same romantic tropes, the temptation is so heady, Shelby can already smell the pumpkin spice. But this rom-com dream has a whiff of conspiracy….

Caroline Kepnes’s Sweet Virginia is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

Sweet Virginia by Caroline Kepnes
Narrator: Kristen Bell
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
Series: Out of Line
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 1st 2020
Genres: Dystopian
Format: Audiobook
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