I received an E-arc of this book via NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.
There is something wrong with Mathilda.
She’s still reeling from the blow of a gut-punch break up and grieving the death of a loved one.
But that’s not it.
She’s cried all her tears, mastered her crow pose and thrown out every last reminder of him.
But that’s not helping.
Concerned that she isn’t moving on, Mathilda’s friends push her towards a series of increasingly unorthodox remedies.
Until the seams of herself begin to come undone.
What A Shame follows Mathilda who is grieving both the loss of her father and the end of her relationship. This loss brings Mathilda back to her tight knit group of friends and towards various, not always orthodox, coping mechanisms.
It was interesting to follow Mathilda’s emotional journey and Bergstrom creates a set of characters that feel real and familiar, a comfort against the heavy topics that the book addresses.
The book is a mix of humour, emotion and heart and is well written and engaging.
Bergstrom has created an engaging and captivating book in What A Shame. It is slightly confusing to follow however I feel everyone will understand and relate to the strong bonds that the book depicts.