The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Review by Sarah Taverner)

The Pisces by Melissa Broder Book Review
Our Rating

The Pisces tells the story of Lucy who has worked in a library in Phoenix for years whilst never finishing her thesis and is shocked when her boyfriend Jamie agrees with her suggestion that they should take a break. When Jamie begins seeing a scientist Lucy behavior becomes more and more crazy so she ends up spending the summer in Venice Beach, California looking after her sister’s house and dog Dominic. She attends group therapy and starts having relationships with different men. I will admit the author had made me think that this was going to be a traditional chick flick novel.

However, this wasn’t the case as Lucy begins a relationship with Theo a mermaid and starts to write a thesis that is different to the one that she is receiving funding for. I liked the authors writing style and the fact that Lucy starts to learn lessons about her relationships with men.

I started to dislike Lucy in the second half of the novel which is why my star rating of this book is lower then I thought it would be when I was first reading started this novel. I couldn’t forgive Lucy for how cruelly she treated Dominic when she started seeing Theo and how she prioritised her unrealistic relationship with Theo over caring for Dominic. I felt sympathy for Lucy due to the fact that she lost her mother at a young age and didn’t have any strong female role models. However, I don’t think that the author provided enough detail about Lucy’s past for me to understand her current actions.

I found the ending very unexpected. I wanted to know what happened to Lucy next and the answer to several questions.

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