This is a book I chose to read simply b/c I had read and liked the author’s other books. Tayari Jones has written some amazing books, so I thought, why would this one be any different right?! This should be along the same lines as the others, right? 

Well, I think something was different with this one. One, I got the audiobook instead of the ebook and that threw me off. I don’t normally like audiobooks, but b/c things were changing in life, I decided to give it a try. Let’s see how it worked out below.

The Untelling by Tayari Jones

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We meet Ariadne, pronounced Ah-ree-ah-den-nee. She states that her mother named her that after a Greek god and she wondered why her father never intervened in that naming process. Then, she told the story of that Greek god. Her siblings have more “normal” names such as Hermione and Genevieve. She mentions that their names could never be shortened, so no nicknames for them. 

Aria was called that by one person, but she likes it. Anyway, Aria loses her father and baby sister in an accident when she was younger. This accident sets her on a path that leads to many ups and downs. First, starting with a pregnancy, then a relationship that seems to take off, except for one thing… Aria is hiding a huge secret from her beloved. 

Taking this ride with Aria is a never-ending, gripping tale of lies, deceit, and trickery OR is it really shame, trauma, and guilt? I guess that would depend on which side of the moral coin you choose to stand on. How do you think the 25-year-old you would have handled the situation that Aria is in, given everything she’s been through that lead us here? Dun, Dun, Dunnnnnnn… 🤨🤨🤨

Real Life:

Listen, sometimes, life comes at you fast and you learn some things. Every situation isn’t going to be able to be wrapped up neatly in a bow b/c people are complex and different. Dealing with trauma isn’t easy and people find multiple ways to cope such as self-medicate to numb to pain, ignore it, or pretend it didn’t happen at all. 

To put it mildly, we all know someone who has been through something tragic, catastrophic, horrific, traumatic, and just downright disturbing to one’s soul, but somehow someway, people find a way to see another day. Sadly, those same people tend to find a way to move on and don’t properly deal with the incident, so it manifests into something else (anger, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, etc) and they move on.

The point I’m making here is that when those traumatic events happen in our lives, the best thing to do is face it head-on. It will be painful. It will be hard. It will be tough, rough, and emotional. However, when you do face it, you can get through it and see that healing is on the other side. B/c we all know that you can’t heal what you don’t face. 

Recommendation:

I will keep it 100 with y’all b/c that’s all I know how to do. I didn’t really care for the book. The story seemed like it had a great beginning and I was so interested in reading it, but it really lost me around Chapter 5. 

I think it could have had something to do with the way that I was choosing to read the book. I mentioned before that I was listening to the audiobook b/c I was really on the go a lot, but I think it got in my way more than it helped me. 😩😩

I think to be fair, I will give this book another try and read it the way I normally do and that is through an ebook, my preferred method of reading. That way, I can ensure I grasp the story and I can imagine the characters as I read without distractions. 

If you have read or will read this book, let me know how you like it. Comment below.