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Book Review: The Cactus


For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.

Enter Rob, the dubious but well-meaning friend of her indolent brother. As Susan’s due date draws near and her dismantled world falls further into a tailspin, Susan finds an unlikely ally in Rob. She might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go.


I can see why this was another bookclub reads for Reece Witherspoon’s choices. So similar in terms of its writing style to Eleanor Oliphant.

Although I did enjoy this a lot more than that novel as the plot was an interesting journey to be a part of.

An interesting part of the novel is that it is divided up into months. Susan’s sarcastic, witty outlook on things and even though she comes off as an annoying stuck-up character, she has reason to push people away and keep a distance between herself and those who try to be a part of her life and help her. She is determined to be a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need help from others, even from her family. 

I enjoyed being a part of the life changes that Susan makes through this book and how her personality and her outlook on her idea of living a solitary life changes throughout the book as well. There was a bit at one point where I felt the novel was dragging on a bit, but that did not last long and the book picked up and was able to keep my interest.

Susan is a character who becomes more endearing as you follow her through her pregnancy and her legal battles with her brother.  Susan is most certainly a quirky, memorable character and I would like to see what happens next in her journey.

3/5 Stars


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