Fiction - Womens

Not Your Shoe Size: A Novel About Acting Your Age (or not!)

Category:Fiction - Womens

Author:Jennifer DiVita

  • Publisher: Hummingbird Book House
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 281
  • ISBN-13: 979-8988126409

Not Your Shoe Size by Jennifer DiVita is a delightful exploration of the aging problem, a tale of friendship and self-acceptance. The novel follows the lifelong friendship of Julia and Colette, two women who couldn't age more differently. Julia gracefully embraces her gray hair and wrinkles while Colette relentlessly chases after youthfulness. Despite their differing approaches to aging, their fierce loyalty and shared experiences—from puberty to menopause—form the foundation of their enduring friendship. The book nuancedly explores intergenerational dynamics and the pursuit of personal fulfillment. DiVita immerses readers in Julia and Colette's worlds through vivid characterizations and rich imagery.

The story deftly intertwines the experiences of Julia and Colette, and the author's handling of themes of aging, forgiveness, beauty standards, and personal growth is impeccable. The narrative is rich in detail; whether it is about Julia's bureaucratic hurdles and setbacks, such as missing paperwork while reflecting on the passage of time, or Colette's reflection on her aging process in a parking lot, the author crafts scenes that are focused and emotionally rich, capturing faint emotions and details about the setting. Their storyline takes a poignant turn with the unexpected death of their parents, prompting deep reflection and a transformative journey towards acceptance. The effective use of the epistolary and first-person narrative voice conveys the depth of the characters' emotions and relationships. Readers gain insight into their inner thoughts and feelings through letters between Julia and Colette. It is interesting to notice how these two characters influence each other from puberty to adulthood. For instance, Colette's decision to undergo plastic surgery prompts Julia to reflect on her journey towards self-acceptance and the value of celebrating her true self. Ultimately, the novel encourages readers to embrace authenticity, challenge societal norms, and celebrate the richness of life at any age. Not Your Shoe Size is a charming and thought-provoking novel that offers a fresh perspective on aging and friendship. Its witty humor, poignant insights, and relatable characters will surely strike a chord with readers of all ages. Jennifer DiVita has crafted a truly unforgettable story that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who picks up this book. I couldn't help but think about my questions and crisis with aging as I read through each page of this book, which is permeated with realism and humanity. 

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: May 8, 2024

Category: Fiction - Womens