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Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

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By angela hepworthPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - June 2024

INSANE journey of a book. In the very best of ways.

I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get into this book at first, put off by this idea of the literal transformation of the story’s human protagonist into a dog, but Rachel Yoder’s impeccable writing made her physical transformation just as poignant and as meaningful as her psychological one. The metaphor of Nightbitch’s transformation into a dog displays the animalistic side of motherhood, the side that can be ugly while being strangely beautiful, in all of its love and its violence. Motherhood is a complex, multi-faceted gift, and a curse, and a miracle.

The concept of having all the time in the world as a stay-at-home mom but no time at all to dedicate to yourself was gruesomely tragic to experience through Nightbitch’s perspective, and her descent before her rise had my heart pounding through all her trials and tribulations and breakdowns. I loved how her character expressed this burning, instinctual love for her son in an animalistic way alongside this very human resentment and frustration at being completely ruled by him, her life utterly dictated by him to the point where she hated him.

Raw and honest and real and bold, this book had the perfect incorporation of themes of horror and of the supernatural. It touches on motherhood uniquely and bizarrely, depicting how its immensity and mysticism is so life-changing it can make or break an individual. The concept of experiencing, as Nightbitch does, this permanent loss of dreams for herself as a woman, losing the mental capability to pursue any pre-motherhood desires to the point where she forgets who she is and why she exists except to BE a mother, as well as what Nightbitch believes to be a loss of her own intelligence and the death of her creativity after becoming a mother, were completely heartbreaking and harrowing. It only makes her rage more powerful.

At one point, the book presents this almost theory of how pregnancy and motherhood itself changes the being you are to your very core, both physically and mentally, and may alter you forever. Okay, terrifying. It also delves into how birth and motherhood are “the impossible” and grant women this sort of status as godly, as creators, as the powers that be. Okay, awesome.

Rachel Yoder—you’ve DONE it. I’m going to be thinking about your story for a long time. A book that dares to question motherhood, womanhood, humanity, feminine power, divine intervention, inspiration, and the powers beyond us all.

This is a PERFECT book.

5/5

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Comments (26)

  • Denise E Lindquist19 days ago

    Congratulations on the top story! 🎉🎉🎉

  • MrZabiabout a month ago

    Amazing story keep uploading

  • Catherine Nyomendaabout a month ago

    This is entertaining. Congratulations!!

  • ROCK 2 months ago

    You are one hell of a writer; keep me entertained please 😁

  • Dr. Jason Benskin2 months ago

    Congrats on top story

  • Ameer Bibi2 months ago

    Great job done by you Congratulations on TS

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Back to say, Congrats!!!

  • wow I am intrigued by this book! Awesome review! And congrats for TS!

  • Jennifer L Osborne2 months ago

    Great review!!!

  • Kodah2 months ago

    And congrats on top story!! 💌🥳🎉🥳🎉💌

  • Kodah2 months ago

    Ooo just by the front cover already captivated me!! Gonna add this to my list 😅 Thanks for the suggestion, Angela! Can't wait to read this 💌

  • Aiman Javed2 months ago

    Amazing! Waiting for next one. Keep it up👍 I will also write something about any book. Congrats on your top story. Also visit my profile please. I am a beginner and looking for your copration

  • Dr. Jason Benskin2 months ago

    Great writing, Keep up the good work. Very addicting ready for the next one.

  • Anu Mehjabin2 months ago

    A stunning exploration of motherhood's complexity and transformative power.👏👏👏 And congrats on your top story🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Alyssa Nicole2 months ago

    Sounds like a very unique and interesting book! Great review! Congrats on another Top Story! 🎉

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Cool I enjoyed your review! I heard of this book before and I thought it sounded really interesting 🧐 so it’s good to hear it was good

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Ah ha!!! This is the book you mentioned to me a while ago. I still have not read it but off the back of this jolt I have just downloaded it. Thank you.

  • Now this is the kinda horror story that is just too scary for me. Yes, motherhood is the scariest shit ever hahahahaha. I have no desire whatsoever to be mother or have kids, so you now can see where this fear is coming from hahahahaha. Unless this book has her killing her own child, I ain't reading it. Lol. Loved your review!

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    Angela, great review. I think Rachel Yoder is brave to tackle such a taboo subject. It sounds like she's done it with sensitivity and candour and I will be checking this out for sure. Motherhood is not a Pampers advert. Also, from a personal viewpoint, I would never be without my kids but being a mum is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Rewarding, yes; but demanding in ways you can never truly visualise until you're in it, doing it. And there's no walking away. You have to fund that strength because a little person is depending on you completely and utterly. Beauty in that but also a tie that binds. I get it completely and will be adding it to my TBR list. Excellent!

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Whoa!!! As I was reading this, I thought 'what a cool concept for a story!' Quickly realizing this was a review of something already written. 🤣😂😅 Sorry, had a couple three beers, then got inspired to read, lol. Seriously though, you definitely painted an intriguing picture of this women's book.

  • Erin Latham Shea2 months ago

    ‘Nightbitch’ has been on my list for ages and now I’m sure as hell gonna pick this up when I go to Barnes & Noble!! Also, isn’t there a movie adaptation of this coming out soon(ish)? Regardless, thank you for this awesome review!!!

  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    Wow, amazing review - makes me want to check it out. It will be added to a LONG list!

  • shanmuga priya2 months ago

    Your review made me read it immediately!

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