(Thank you, Scribner via NetGalley, for the free digital copy to review. All opinions are my own.)
Vacuum in the Dark by: Jen Beagin
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Length: 240 pages
I’m not gonna lie: I was drawn to this book because of the cover. If you look at it closely, it can even be a little tricky on the eyes…and I suppose that could have been a clue to the actual contents of the book had I been paying attention.
The story is broken up into four separate sections. The first one totally threw me off and I almost DNF’d the rest of the book because, quite honestly, I couldn’t figure out why I was reading so much about poop. (Seriously.) Had the book been longer and not a NetGalley request, I probably would have DNF’d it.
Thank goodness, the parts got better…but not by much. I did like reading a fictionalized version of what felt somewhat reminiscent of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (you can read my review here). Also, the book reads like a memoir – so much so that I had to look it up to confirm that it’s actually fiction. In fact, it’s also listed under the subcategory of humor…but as I’ve come to realize, I don’t usually find “humor” books humorous.🤷🏼♀️
Ultimately, this just wasn’t the book for me. It is a quick read and some may find it funny, but I really didn’t connect with it in anyway.