The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue
Published: June 27, 2023
Genre: LGBTQ+ Literary Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Caroline O’Donoghue is a New York Times bestselling author and podcaster. Formerly a journalist, Caroline has written for The Times, The Guardian, and most of the Irish press. Her award-winning podcast, Sentimental Garbage covers “the culture we love that society can sometimes make us feel ashamed of” and tops the podcast charts internationally. Caroline lives in London with her partner and her dog.
“You love the whole person.”
Rachel meets James while working at a small bookshop in their hometown. They build a random and, at times, an unhealthy friendship that spans their young adult lives. Together they go through finding partners, the drama that can sometimes have, and having secrets that can often be devastating.
This read like a memoir, which was creative. I enjoyed how the story was told and how it led from adolescence to adulthood.
Rachel was remarkably ordinary. She came from a middle-class family, went to university, and was doing things as she was supposed to. James was vibrant and charismatic and destined for more.
Together they grew up. They laughed, cried, and discovered who they were. This was a life story and how sometimes things we can’t control. There were some very realistic themes covered, and the story had a genuine vibe that would resonate with readers of all ages.