How Could She

How Could She

An assured and savagely funny novel about three old friends as they navigate careers, husbands, an ex-fiancé, new suitors, and, most importantly, their relationships with one another After a devastating break-up with her fiancé, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they've An assured and savagely funny novel about three old friends as they navigate careers, husbands, an ex-fiancé, new...

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Title:How Could She
Author:Lauren Mechling
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0525559388
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

How Could She Reviews

  • Melissa
    Mar 05, 2019
    This was one of those books where you kind of just get plopped down in the middle of a story that's already begun and you spend half the book just figuring out what's going on. It reminded me of Allison Pearson's books in that way (which is not a criticism, just an observation). I neve...
  • Pooja
    Dec 26, 2018
    I ate this novel up and didn't want it to end. It's a comedy of manners/ social satire about friendship? and also about the absurdity/perils of making art in the age of influence. How Could She has that rare combination of a generous heart + an enviably cool eye, and it's hilarious ...
  • Emily
    Jul 01, 2019
    Somewhere between 2 and 2.5 stars....rounding down partly because who TF edited this book? There was a "here" instead of "hear." Characters' names got mixed up (e.g., Geraldine was thinking about her friends Sunny and Geraldine). Jesse - was he 34 or 33? Etc. Sloppy. As far as the a...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jun 03, 2019
    Great summer read. Friends who are navigating their changing relationships in the publishing/art world. Recommended for readers who like novels that explore friendships between women, who like New York stories, fans of the TV show Girls (this would probably annoy me as an author, bu...
  • Annarella
    Apr 29, 2019
    This one of those book that picture the world around us in a satiric way and they do it in the right way. A great read, engaging, entertaining, well written, and full of food for thought. A book that won't be easily be forgotten. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and...
  • Ilyssa Wesche
    Mar 04, 2019
    These women were the perfect blend of infuriating and empathetic - none of them had real jobs but all seemed to be able to afford their swanky lifestyle. All were pretty un-self-aware but happy to notice their friends' flaws. The story was solid, and there was just enough comeuppance. ...
  • Donna
    Jun 13, 2019
    Here?s the thing...I can enjoy a book with unlikeable characters as long as it has an engaging plot. And I can enjoy a book where not much happens when it is a fascinating character study. What I apparently can?t abide is a book where the characters are shallow, unlikeable and inte...
  • Kayleen Schaefer
    Jun 17, 2019
    Mechling writes about friendships, but the side of them that makes many of us squeamish: when they fade or end completely. She does this beautifully and gracefully, using her three main characters to take us through how this can happen and why it often does. For me, reading this book b...
  • Jess
    Jul 02, 2019
    Not for me and a bit surprised to see all of the hype and endorsements around this one. I felt like none of the characters were well developed and like the author just threw you into the story without much context. It didn?t work for me as I wasn?t invested in any of the cast of ch...
  • Jessica
    May 07, 2019
    ARC received from Penguin Random House Canada. ...
  • Kaceey
    May 29, 2019
    2.75* A contemporary novel about three women navigating their lives through their friendships, careers and the complexities of each of their relationships. From the start, I had difficulty connecting with this book. The principal characters Geraldine, Sunny and Rachel were all some...
  • Sara Deana
    May 17, 2019
    This book about three women navigating their twenties and thirties blew me away. And I?m in my late 50s... It starts funny and gets deeper and a little uncomfortable? in a way that I admired. Reminded me of Kingsolver and Ephron. ...
  • Ali
    Dec 25, 2018
    My prediction: This is going to be a big book. An engaging story that I read in two sessions and I still can't stop thinking about. I will be recommending it to fans of Curtis Sittenfeld, Stephanie Danler and, most of all, Edith Wharton. I will be using "Geraldine" as shorthand for all...
  • Nicole Barbosa
    Mar 28, 2019
    This is a very fun book. I had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy which was a real treat. Sunny, Rachel and Geraldine are great characters, all complete with flaws and unique personalities, but this made me love them more. As a woman in her (almost) mid-30s, I also enjoyed tha...
  • Jessica
    May 24, 2019
    A very compelling and very realistic tale of three friends (frenemies?) whose fortunes rise and fall throughout the course of the book. Loved the insidery publishing details; I gasped when one character stole another's story idea. I would love to know what each of the characters does n...
  • Wendy Bunnell
    Jul 31, 2019
    I almost stopped reading this book. In fact, I tried to stop about halfway through. I had checked it out from one of my library's audiobook apps, and I had loaded up a different audiobook on another app to listen to in the car on my way home. But, as is my way with technology, this one...
  • Simone Praylow
    Feb 07, 2019
    This book was like sex and the city, but better. And you can't beat sex and the city. How could she is a coming age book about three friends that are all going through challenges in their life with each one hanging on just barely at times. I found Geraldine and Rachel to be the mos...
  • Marcy F Cox
    Jun 15, 2019
    A little slow going for my tastes. The characters were interesting but never fully fleshed out. Lots of random actions with no real motivation or explanation. Not a terrible book but not the best by far. ...
  • Donna Hines
    Jan 04, 2019
    Geraldine is our typical woman searching for her spot in life when life has been anything but kind. She struggles to relate to her closest friends who seem to have that 'perfect' life and she desperately wants to be like them if only for a day. She forces the universe to catch up to ...
  • Dreama Villa
    Jun 01, 2019
    Fantastic characters! I loved it! ...
  • Sam Glatt
    Apr 27, 2019
    The most important thing about ensuring the success of a "New York novel," is that it needs to be more than about New York. Characters need to jump off the page, prose and the dialogue need to work in tandem to reveal psychological truths while maintaining that sense of realism in the ...
  • Khristina
    Jun 15, 2019
    So I finally finished this book and OMG. Things happen but it?s so interesting to truly look at what lies beneath the surface of a friendship. This is some of the best character development that I have ever seen. The novel centers around three women in media in various stages of ...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Jun 27, 2019
    Thanks you to Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book to review. To be honest I struggled with this book in the beginning. There seemed to be a lot of characters to keep straight with so many acquaintances of the three main characters mentioned. Once I got past this an...
  • Travel.with.a.book
    Aug 12, 2019
    Female friendship, reality and women power are the topics written so perfectly in HOW COULD SHE by Lauren Mechling, I enjoyed every page of this incredible book, the well crafted stories were really compelling to read! The three main characters Geraldine, Rachel and Sunny are young wom...
  • James Beggarly
    Mar 03, 2019
    Loved this book and the three women who make up its main characters. The scenes take place in so many interesting areas of NYC that it?s such a treat to go on this tour, but the main reason to love this book is the three old friends who narrate alternate chapters. Funny, sophisticate...
  • Lisa Gabriele
    Mar 31, 2019
    I loved this smart, juicy book. Rachel, Geraldine and Sunny are a trio of complicated young women navigating the tricky terrain of friendship, motherhood, love, the ever-changing media landscape and their own shifting alliances. It was also edifying to read about that ol' Canadian gaze...
  • Dannon Hewitt
    May 10, 2019
    im not gonna write a long review just because it honestly wasn't a great book for me. it wasnt bad though maybe in a few years it will be more enjoyable. ...
  • Shirley
    Mar 06, 2019
    This book was great--intelligent, funny, and insightful. I could really relate to the dynamics at play between the characters, and once I picked it up I couldn't stop reading. With realistic characters, a multi-layered plot and an interesting twist, this book had me entertained and kep...
  • Astrid Galactic
    May 30, 2019
    How Could She is a modern day story of the ever changing lives of three friends in an ever changing world that takes place between Toronto and New York City and how these changes affect each other. Three women, Geraldine, Rachel and Sunny, must come to terms with the changes in their c...
  • Elizabeth Weinstein
    May 06, 2019
    Loved, loved this book. Getting it for all my friends to read this summer. Can?t wait for Mechling?s next one! ...