Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date: January 2014
For: Because I liked What Alice Forgot
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).Things I Liked:
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
I have to admit Moriarty can really write interesting stories about everyday people. But man, her characters' lives really suck. It seems that only bad things happen to them and everyone around them and pretty much every man everywhere is cheating on his wife. This one kind of broke my heart with the children and their stories. Also, that ending was a little bit crazy and I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but I suppose it's telling you about it all along. Not ready to be a school mom yet :)
Things I Didn't Like:
It's full of vulgarities and isn't something to read when you're already feeling depressed about life. I guess her books are just full of really crappy lives to me.
Like Moriarty's other books, really
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
lots of this too!
Overall rating: ***
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