Book Review – Wild Game

Wild Game

If you read my reviews, you know I love memoirs. My September Book of the Month choice was a no-brainer. One, it’s a memoir. And two, it sounded so intriguing. I had to read it.

Book 39:
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
by Adrienne Brodeur

Memoir, Autobiography, Nonfiction

October 2019

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me is Adrienne Brodeur’s true story of the night her mother woke her up to tell her that a man – one who wasn’t her husband – had kissed her and the events that unfold thereafter. Adrienne was 14 when her mom did this, but it set the trajectory for an unusual mother/daughter relationship for the rest of their lives.

Favorite Quote(s):

“You have no idea how much you can learn about yourself by plunging into someone else’s life.”

– Adrienne Brodeur, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.


My Overall Rating:
5 – Let me begin with a disclaimer – I read this book the week I had a baby. Emotions were high. However, I absolutely loved the transparency of Brodeur and the way she shared her story. I laughed, I cried, I related and I loved it.

For a memoir, the story largely flowed in chronological order, touching on each major event or milestone. That made it very easy to want to read more and more. And then there is the topic. Mother/daughter relationships are so hard. There were elements of the relationship explored in this memoir that I could definitely relate to and many I could not even believe, but it was beautiful to read this story and think, “I’m not alone,” or, “There is always someone who has it better/worse.”

I cannot even imagine going through what Brodeur went through, but I am so grateful she chose to share her story. As the mother of a daughter, I constantly wonder if/when I will cross the line and how that will affect our relationship going forward. It was so interesting to read about the events that unfolded after that moment in Adrienne’s life.

I think this is a must read for moms – especially moms of daughters!

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