Book Review: Outtakes from a Marriage by Ann Leary

Second book review of the night…I’m on a roll!

Before I start this review, let me preface by saying that I no longer read the inside covers of a book to determine if I’m going to read it.  I go to the library, quickly scan the covers, and proceed directly to check-out.  I do not pass “Go” and I do not collect $200.  I don’t have a lot of time to read cover after cover spending hours up and down the aisles.  I grab a few books and go.

On my last trip to the library, I was most excited to read this one, Outtakes from a Marriage.  I was picturing funny bloopers seen at the end of movies and thought this book would read that way.  Short little anecdotes covering the ups, downs, and in-betweens of a normal marriage.  Sadly, I was wrong.  This book isn’t like that at all.  (Though I was surprised to find out later that this book is actually written by comedian Dennis Leary’s wife, Ann.)

Outtakes from a Marriage really is a novel (duh, says so right on the cover).   And it is about a marriage – just not one I can relate to.  This book tells the story about an actor and his wife, uncovering the infidelities of said actor.  Just think Brad Pitt and the Jennifer Aniston scandal.  The wife, Julia, is a paranoid, message-obsessed phone stalker, constantly trying to catch her husband, well-known actor, Joe Ferraro, in a lie, or with his mistress.  I felt sorry for Julia in this novel, she was no confident heroine.

I was definitely disappointed with this book – probably my own fault though.  The hype (in my head) is never as good as the real thing.

I do have a good excerpt from Outtakes though – and this one is totally relatable (pg. 180):

“I walked home wondering why, in my youth, I used to get so terribly annoyed by the catcalls from workers on construction sites or from gangs of teenagers lurking on corners.  I had no idea then that one day I would no longer be noticed by men at all.  I would become, as far as most men were concerned, invisible.”

I’d rate this book a 2 out of 5.

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