His Favorites by Kate Walbert

His Favorites

From the highly acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award finalist and author of A Short History of Women, a searing and timely novel about a teenaged girl, a charismatic teacher, and a dark, open secret.They were on a lark, three teenaged girls speeding across the greens on a “borrowed” golf cart, at night, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls lands violently in the rough, killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that ha...

Details His Favorites

TitleHis Favorites
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction, Audiobook, Did Not Finish

Reviews His Favorites

  • Diane S ☔
    DEVASTATING BUT TIMELY. Three young girls, fifteen, drinking, decide on a lark, stealing a golf cart for a wild, nighly ride, that has a horrific end. Enough so a mother feels the urgent need to give her daughter a new start, sending her away to a boarding school. What she encounters there will haunt her for the rest of her life.The me too movement, the abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, people entrusted with power of one sort or another, ins...
  • Perry
    Pugilistic pack of punch, pop, pummel--at 160 pages--for this era of reckoning for men who've abused positions of power and trust to sexually assault, rape and/or sexually harass females. His Favorites sketches--in shades of charcoal looking back from today-- the type of mental devastation suffered by a woman who was violated as a 15-year-old at a private boarding school in the early 1980s, and the detritis, still, of dreams wrecked by a charming...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    With sparse, lyrical language, author of His Favorites, Kate Walbert, shines a light on women’s rights as she tells us about Jo’s tragic and unsettling experiences. After being in a deadly accident at 15 years old with her best friends, Jo, a wild and now emotionally broken high school student is sent off to boarding school. Her life at home crumbled, her friendships broken, and the new beginning her life away at school had the potential of b...
  • Karen Foster
    There are times when you just feel you are in the safe hands of a truly skilled writer.As an older Jo narrates her tragic tale, looking back to when she is 15, she wanders off course, as memories materialize vividly, relaying her heartbreaking account, often veering away from the chronology. It’s as though she cannot bear to tell us what happened to her. And this kept me so gripped, anxious to discover her story. The writing is sparse and exact...
  • Kate
    I thought this was going to a winner for me. I love the plot- a 15 year old girl accidentally kills her best friend, her parents marriage tanks, and she finds herself at a boarding school where an English teacher preys upon his favorites. But I found the writing style stiff and jumpy. So much is left unsaid, unexplained. For such a short book, it gets bogged down by long sentences and constant detours. It is a short read, so if you like Walberts ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I think it comes down to the fact that this one just wasn’t for me. I wanted more, and it wasn’t what I had expected from the blurb on the back. The writing is excellent though, and I would be interested in reading another plot from Walbert in the future.
  • Marjorie
    There is so much packed into this small book. The author conveyed such emotion and fully drawn out characters with few words. But, nothing was missing and the story resonated so much personally and with what’s going on in the world today.
  • Kristen
    Sparse and eloquent... just a really perfectly constructed book that almost reads like a short story. Really lovely.
  • Diana
    I’m being generous with the three stars; this tale was a waste of time. Too many stories out there like it, but written much better, or simply true.
  • Barb
    A "me too" story of a young woman burned at every turn and a teacher who thought he was bringing her enlightenment. Very short, an essay almost. I liked the writing, I could have had more. As is, I felt cheated and thought the character was too. Probably the point, but so understated I guess I missed it.
  • Carol Eshaghy
    A little gem of a book, narrated by Jo. It’s about losing her best friend in a drunken golf cart accident and the aftermath. While it addresses the #MeToo movement it is more the story of a young, vulnerable 15 year old and the effect the tragedy has on her and her family’s life.
  • Danni
    Honestly if this weren't so short, I might have abandoned halfway through. Jo kills her friend when recklessly driving a golf cart late at night, and so she gets sent away to boarding school, where she is preyed upon by a teacher. This a plot that I would expect to like, but the characters are never properly developed and the issues not fully explored. The writing is lovely but meandering. Would not recommend.
  • SpookBooks
    Where is the follow through? What's with the time skipping? There's no indicators to time skips. There's not really any reasons for them either. The plot is so convoluted and backwards I just...
  • Leo T
    With echoes of Faulkner: "The past is never dead, it's not even past" and F.S. Fitzgerald "borne back ceaselessly into the past", Kate Walbert writes another remarkable and memorable novel. Of a woman, many years after the events described, telling us the story of a life marked at a tender age by a tragedy occurring so very close to home and heart, and marred by the manipulations of a predator professor at the boarding school which she hoped woul...
  • James Sorensen
    I won this copy from a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.Jo and her two friends Stephanie and Carly are enjoying Summer evening before they start their sophmore year in high school. On a lark, after an evening of drinking, they steal a golf cart and tragidy strikes.Thr fall out from the accident costs Jo's parents thier marraige and Jo and her mother become alienated from the community they live in. No longer welcome she is sent away to a privite sc...
  • Jennifer Shanahan
    This book was short but outstanding. I read it in a few hours because the story drew me in from page 1. Jo is 15 when she and her friends are in an unfortunate accident and her best friend dies. She is blamed for this and it is partly her fault but not only hers.... She is sent to boarding school where she tried to fit in and make friends but it is hard at a cliquey Boston school steeped in tradition and legacies. There poor Jo is taken advantage...
  • Susan Enlow
    I found this short novel to be a poignant story about a very vulnerable 15 year old girl who is "sent off" to a boarding school after a tragic accident involving best friends.As a graduate of a girl's boarding school in the 60's, I could totally identify with the setting (both the school and the town surrounding the school). The school I attended had no male teachers at the time so the #metoo incidents described in "His Favorites"do not resonate ...
  • Aria
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Idk wth is going on here, but there was no point in trying to get to the end of this when it wasn't making any sense at all. Maybe there is a story in there somewhere, but I have no idea what it might be. It jumped around. The run-on sentences were ridiculous. No characters w/ any, well, character. Sadly, nothing of interest here. The description on goodreads is as good as it ge...
  • Kathleen Gray
    A lot of very bad things happen to Jo in this short novel - and then, just when she thinks it will get better, it gets worse. Jo is somewhat of a trope but Walbert's writing pulls the story forward. The writing might be the most polarizing part of this; some might wish for an editor but stick with it. This could be characterized as MeToo for a 15 year old but it is more complicated, I think. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Try this for a literar...
  • Lynn
    Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss provided a copy of this historical fiction about the lecherous people that filled Jo's life and how she had to make so many decisions based on what would actually be done verse what could be done. It is a shame that not much has changed from the to know. When people ask why didn't she come forward, should read this book and see that it would not have made a difference at all.
  • Helen
    This is a calm, thoughtful revelation of the real meaning of #metoo. No hysterics, just a brilliantly told story of not just what happened, but why. Lots of those "whys" no longer exist (thank god) which accounts for misunderstandings and underestimation of the problem by people of both sexes today. His Favorites is short, but NOT a quick read. You'll want to linger with this smart, funny character and the gorgeous writing that carries her.
  • Patricia Geller
    Walbert writes well and captures the nature of guilt and the culture of prep school denial about sexual harassment and abuse. The cover ups run deep and you see them now coming to light and the wish to protect everyone from priests and politicians to CEO’s and the President. This is not a political book but a beautifully written book that explores how trauma opens own up to further exploitation.. read it. Each sentence a gift.
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Beautifully written and spare. Heartbreaking that Jo makes a youthful mistake that ends in tragedy, that she will carry with her forever and yet fate piles it on with the Master taking advantage of Jo's vulnerability. You aren't left feeling that justice can ever be served, which is kind of the point.
  • Pamela Carver
    I couldn't help but read this book in one bite. I was fascinated by the narrative voice and felt as if I were in the most capable of hands as Walbert guided me through a dark and disturbing tale. The book evoked vague traces of A Secret History and vague traces of Lolita, but it forged its own trail and left me shaken and moved.
  • Anne Hussey
    kate walbert's new novel of the lifelong consequences of feeling loss, blame and shame after an unintentional accident, how families can disintegrate in tragedy, a #metoo movement narrative and a story of parents, teachers and administrators who should be protecting children and providing guidance but are not doing so.
  • Ginny
    My thoughts have yet to come together. Definitely, a well-told story with a readers’ knowledge of how unacceptable it all is, but how accepted it all was. Vivid to me, likely because I was a girl once. The school and teenage girl behavior so familiar. Well done. So tragic.
  • brettlikesbooks
    spare & powerful + captures the frustration and infuriation of the #metoo movement: of girls not being believed—or, perhaps worse, believed and disregarded •“And that was it: rage woven into my life with steel thread.”•instagram book reviews @brettlikesbooks
  • Alisse
    This book was absolute perfection. I barely put it down (it’s brief and could/should be read all at once). It reminded me of so many other coming of age books, and then WOW it wasn’t like anything I’ve read before. The writing was stellar, and I’ll probably read it again.
  • Nona
    This small work of fiction was slowly read in two sittings, although could be read in one. Beautifully and thoughtfully written, Kate Walbert voices the memories and pain felt by many young women. Difficult at times to absorb, but sadly true in so many cases.