This book wasn’t what I expected when I bought it, and admittedly, I was a little disappointed. It’s a fine summer read, and one that I would recommend grabbing if you are running through the airport without reading material, but it wasn’t my favorite. Several of the characters were not well developed, and there were a few competing plot lines that didn’t add a ton of value to narrative.
Though I didn’t fall in love with this book, or get some grand message out of the author’s work, the one thing I will commend this book for is that it didn’t turn out perfect in the end. Throughout the book, the protagonist of the story makes some really selfish choices, and we learn how those choices affect those closest to the character, and how the auxiliary characters respond and rise above the second and third order effects of the protagonists decisions.
This book made my recommended read list because I do think that someone else out there may be able to connect with the family dynamics presented in the book. The author was thematically forward thinking in addressing real life topics families are addressing together today. I appreciate the author’s ability to make the book reflect real life. I think stories that are real and messy are really important stories to tell; far more important than stories where right and wrong are obvious, and right always wins in the end.