In all honesty, I highly recommend skipping this review because THE ANIMATORS is one of those books that is best read with no background and no expectations. The one thing I will say -- give this book a chance. It might not be for you, in which case, all you have to do is stop reading it. But you'll never know if you don't pick it up, and if you pick it up, you might find out it is the type of book that steals your heart. I guess you could say that for all books, but I find this book criminally underrated, so I felt it needed to be said. Full review is on Goodreads, some thoughts below. If you have read the book, let me know what you think. Happy Friday everyone! ✌🏽
My review is simple: all the stars, all the hearts. Sharon and Mel, the protagonists, are animators, best friends, and business partners. They are unapologetically hungry; hungry for love, acceptance, success, experiences. Their ambitions and desires propel them and derail them in different ways because they are very different people. But their passion is what binds them together--and how rare, to read about two women who push and pull each other up, who are unafraid to want, who contend with their ambitions and all the messiness that comes with following your dreams at all costs. Their friendship is one for the ages. People talk of the "mystery" of female friendships, but Whitaker strips away any mystery and invites you to witness first-hand all the nuances of love. Sharon and Mel are probably one of the best depictions of best friends that I have ever read.
For fairness sake, I will mention that sometimes the pacing is hit-or-miss. It will slow down for a few chapters and then pick up at break-neck speed. And a lot happens—I still don’t know how she fit everything in. But it is incredibly assured. Whitaker has created stories so real that I'm convinced I'll run into Sharon or Mel any day now. .
*I reread this a few weeks ago because @casebounder was reading it and it made me want to see if the reread lived up to my first love. It does.