Because I enjoyed the first novel in the series by Elena Ferrante, I decided to continue and read the second, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. I was not disappointed, in fact, I liked this sequel more than the first.
In this novel, we find the main characters older, but not all are wiser. Elena, the narrator, continues to advance her education. Lila, age sixteen, decides to marry materialistically believing it is the only way to obtain the freedom she desires. Love in several physical and emotional variations enters in this sequel as well as births and deaths. Yes, a lot happens to almost every one of the main character’s friends.
At times, I felt the story was moving slowly, but couldn’t help but savor the writing! I am hooked! I think you will be too!
Here’s a link to a review of the HBO series: