Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (read May 18, 2015)
This is one of the most honest books I have read. It tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a couple who moved to the suburbs and started their family, despite having other hopes and aspirations. They struggle with realizing that their lives have become monotonous, and the toll that this lukewarm lifestyle has placed on their marriage becomes evident. The differences between each other’s morals and desires are constantly threatening to tear them apart. Hard as they try to fix things, they don’t always work out.
As you may have gathered, this is a pretty sad book (I like sad things, though). But the truth in it is astonishing. It’s sad enough to see people being selfish in a relationship, but it is downright depressing when two people try so hard to make their relationship better, just to watch it crumble. Again. And again. And again. I appreciate the rawness of this book. It doesn’t seek to cover anything up, or make things seem better or worse than they are; everything just is. And that is the crowning glory of the whole thing.
Rating: 4 out of 5