Book Reviews

Book Review: Tully

This is the first book by Paullina Simons that I’ve read. It was recommended by a lady working at at the local bookstore who said that if you like Jodi Picoult, Paullina Simons is in the same line. Same genre.

Based on ‘Tully‘, I doubt it.

Tully or Natalie Anne Makker, is born in Topeka, Kansas on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’. Her father leaves when she is very young and she is left with an abusive mother. The book is about Tully’s journey through life…through her childhood where she struggles with her abusive mother, her friendship with Jennifer and Julie, her adolescence — where she drifts away from her friends and enjoys dancing in clubs and pubs and sleeping with strange guys. She faces the biggest challenge of her life at 18 when one of her best friends commits suicide. However, she goes on to uni, gets a job, gets involved with two blokes at the same time, gets pregnant before she finishes her studies, gets married (because she is a true Christian and cannot have an abortion), is numb in her marriage, has an affair and in the end, has to choose between her husband and the guy she has an affair with.

So why did I not like it?

I could not empathise with Tully. Yes, I felt sorry for her when she was abused and when her friend committed suicide. But that was it.

It’s hard to empathise with a character that is portrayed as being so self-centred and egocentric. You almost want to hit her yourself! I’m not a prude but I am one who does not condone cheating on partners and considering Tully did that not once, but most of the time, I couldn’t sympathise with her. I felt sorry for the guys she played around with. Basically, she seems to have borderline personality disorder — pushing away those who are close to her and then wanting those when they move away! She cuts herself. She is so self-centred. She wants a win-all situation.

And life isn’t like that.

I don’t think I would recommend this book to most people. I am going to read another of Simons’ books and see if this is her style or whether there is something more.

My rating:

Until next time,


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  • Jessica
    13 January 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Interesting topic. I don’t like to lie by omission, and that, I know of, I’ve never been. On the other hand, if I have information that will hurt someone, and that is not relevant, or nothing can be done about it..I don’t usually tell. I don’t really see the point.