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I bought this book upon reading a review in Real Simple and if I coud get my money back, I would. Every single character was so flawed it was hard to find someone to root for. The lesbian storylline was unexpected and fluid sexuality was handled carelessly and frankly did nothing to further the cause of LGBT dignity.
I deleted book without finishing after hearing "f"in God" from one of her characters. There is no high ground, no morality, just some very sad, empty people. I tried to stick to where she was trying to go w the main character but there was too much trash all around to weed through. With all the sadness in the world, it's nice to see a little humor and light in what I read and this book fell way short of that for me.
1.0 out of 5 starsLiked the general premise but not the execution. Characters too dysfunctional to be likable.
Reviewed in the United States on 23 August 2018
I had high hopes based on the review from the author of Major Pettigrew's last stand. My advice: read that book instead. These characters are all so miserable or obnoxious, there is nothing "fun" about it despite the review's promise. You know how it's hard to be around people who are just struggling all the time? That describes every character in this book, whether they are 45 or 15 (note that texts are included, which felt a bit gimmicky in a book NOT written for 15 year olds). The focus on two viewpoints, and two different audiences, waters down the effect for either group. Plus it equates to too many characters to keep track of. Years ago I read Circle of Three by Patricia Gaffney and loved it. That was THREE generations, yet the storylines blended very well and it was much more upbeat than this. Bottom line: If you are looking for light summer reading with characters you'll enjoy spending time with, try these other books instead. And if you're the author or publisher, note that when a 23-year-old seduces a 15-year-old girl, it's rape. Responsible moms don't set the rapist free to stalk someone new.