The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
454 Pages
Published by Riverhead Books
My rating on Goodreads ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer--madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place--feels her inner world light up. Then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she'd always imagined.


I finished it a while ago but didn't want to post a review right away because I needed time to think this through and take it all in.

I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. But why didn't I love it? I couldn't figure out why. The book is too long (and I had both the physical book and the audiobook). Her writing is phenomenal, let's get that out of the way. Maybe I dove into this book with hopes of experiencing an "A-Ha" moment OR maybe it was because the book tackles situations that are SO real and yet, there are no simple solutions, no formulas to fix them all.

Meg Wolitzer's novel follows four personalities: Faith, Greer, Zee and Cory. Their paths, personalities and experiences are very real to our modern day lives. They experience trauma, privilege, betrayal, acceptance, being judged, feeling lost and the question that burdens us all:
"am I making a difference?"

So that's when I finally realized the brilliant pattern of this book: I walked away from it confused and with more questions, and maybe that was Wolitzer's intention (maybe not). I don't think it was a bad thing. It's life. It's how it is. We do what we can and in the end, "the turtle might outlive us all"...(you'll understand the quote once you read the book).

If you're looking for a book to spin your thoughts around and turn your feelings upside down, this is it.  Grab a copy and read it before the movie comes out :-)

"But she thought that maybe there had been a series of moments, and that this was the way it was for most people: the small realizations leading you first toward an important understanding and then toward doing something about it. Along the way, too, there would be people you would meet who would affect you and turn you ever so slightly in a different direction. Suddenly you knew what you were working for, and you didn't feel as if you were wasting your time."


  1. I think when you look at a book like this, you think it's too much like real life.

    1. I think you're right. It's being made into a movie with Nicole Kidman as Faith...

  2. I've never read it but the book had appealed to me for quite a while. Great review.

  3. This one is on my TBR as well, sorry it wasn't a total knock out for you but a fab review!!

    1. The book is fabulous, and I hope you read it.

  4. I know exactly what you mean about a book like this, sometimes I need to let them rattle around in my head before I can decide what I think about it

  5. I would want to read this just because the cover is beautiful.
    Gemma @

  6. I think your review was excellent and sometimes stepping back, and considering what we want to say, really helps.

  7. I went into this book not reading the synopsis so I think that helped. It doesn't match what you initial expect so that might be the hesitation. I enjoyed the story, but if you are looking for a feminist movement type of read - that wasn't what it really was.

    1. You're right. The title is a bit misleading, but it does fit with the 2 main characters though...


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