Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
How does one write about Kylie Scott’s The Rhythm Method? This 1001 Dark Nights novella connects us back to her popular series, Stage Dive, and that band’s famous rockers. Is it fun to be back with the guys? Yes. Is Mal still misbehaving? Absolutely. In fact, he has an important part to play in this book, and, in true Mal form, he is insistent that you, the reader, know that. The theme of formed family is still very much apparent in the chaos of Scott’s story, and the whole book feels nostalgic as the band is here. The Rhythm Method is a quick read that simply makes you feel good.
Where I think it’s most important is the realism behind its quick story. The gravity of The Rhythm Method lies in the reality of becoming new parents. As I was reading Scott’s story, I was reminded of almost twenty-one years ago when I was a first-time mom. While my child’s birth isn’t as dramatic as the <spoiler alert> one in this story, the feelings behind it are very similar. Scott uses the scope of this story to articulate the discord that happens after becoming a parent. Even more, she exhorts her readers on the ways to process it. Between the humor of its characters and the challenges post-birth, there is the admonition to “heal thyself” with therapy and support, whether familial or paid.
By the end of The Rhythm Method, there is the promise of future stories in this world couched in hope, the hope that new parents can find their new normal with assistance and a fair amount of grace. This is exactly why I adore Kylie Scott’s storytelling: you get a ldose of fun with a heaping spoonful of truth in love.
In love and romance,