The Story of an Unconventional Woman: Adèle


Hi friends! Here I am with another review. Adèle is the second book of Leïla Slimani, the writer of the very popular Lullaby. When I read the premise, I was really intrigued as it’s about a woman, who’s quite the unusual one. She’s a sex addict, and this unstoppable desire leads her life. She’s trapped in a life of her own making, being a wife and a mother of a toddler.

She creates this life for herself, on one side: a journalist, wife and mother. On the other side, a daring woman who goes after her desires, without even blinking. Thus, we have an interesting character to follow.

“Adele isn’t sure where her love for her son fits in among all other jumbled feelings: panic when she has to leave him with someone else; annoyance at having to dress him; exhaustion from pushing his recalcitrant buggy up hill.”

I must say Slimani’s writing was quite impactful and sharp, which moved me through different emotions. It’s a dark tale you get trapped before you know it. At times I empathised with Adele, at times I hated her, at times I just wanted to shake her. And I say this as a compliment, because she drew a very realistic portrait of a woman who’s in constant dilemma, who’s always uncomfortable, who’s mostly acting. I really felt her loneliness, alienation from society, therefore suffering constantly.

“She was acutely aware of her own metamorphosis. She couldn’t have said if this pleased her or if she was feeling nostalgic for the past.”

In terms of building this extreme character, not missing a look at her past, I found the book very successful. What I loved as well is she did it so objectively. There’s not one bit of judgement or interpretation from the author.

That put aside, what I wish to also have found in this book is an original plot. I’d have expected that from an as interesting character as Adele.  I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it here.

All in all, it was an interesting, dark, character driven book with very detailed, realistic and absorbing writing, which I certainly enjoyed.

I hope this review was helpful. As always, I’d love to hear from you in comments. Thanks a lot for stopping by and happy reading!




5 thoughts on “The Story of an Unconventional Woman: Adèle

  1. Eh, judging by my being the first comment of so many people that liked your post, I will assume no one else wanted to comment on something that sounds a little like soft porn. No my kind of book or read.

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    1. oh, I didn’t think I wrote a review to imply that, and it’s not a soft porn definitely. There’s sex, but I can’t say it was more than necessary or even it wasn’t a lot. It’s more of inner thoughts and struggles of this woman rather than any pornographic details. For sure it’s not going to be for everyone, but it was interesting and different. I wouldn’t want the book to be diminished to a soft porn at all, if that makes sense.

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      1. Ah, this is me reading between the lines of what you had written, Umut, seeing this as much a struggle as her addiction. And while I can appreciate the story focusing in on that struggle, it’s not my kind of read, tough I can see it appealing to a lot of readers. Sorry if I saw something that isn’t actually there.

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      2. No worries, I just wanted to explain if I caused a misunderstanding 🙂 of course it won’t be everyone’s taste, no book will ever be, isn’t it? 🙂 thanks a lot for stopping by Alexandra! x

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  2. Awesome review!
    I can’t wait to read this.
    Read the Lullaby and i remember the writing was really good and even tho the story was super depressing, i liked the whole thing overall a lot.


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