[Book Review] Going Through the Change

Going Through the Change / Samantha Bryant (Powell's Books)
Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated—super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew—one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on. 
I love the premise of this book.  Lets be honest, how often do we have action stories centered around menopausal women, especially when its the women who are doing the action.  The idea that for a handful of women "going through the change" involves the gain of powers and transformations of the comic-book superhero type is novel.

The story itself is simple, with enough characterization to give everyone their own individual personality and relationships.  The protagonists are more developed than the antagonistis, with Cindy Liu and Helen becoming a bit one-note in their monomania.  The other characters have interesting relationship developments and growth, particularly Linda in her adjustments to a new physical gender.

I wish the commonality, the person who has "touched all their lives," was less obvious from the start.  There was no surprise at the factor and mind behind their changes.

Overall, Going Through the Change is a light and unique read.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

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