Pages: 224 pages
Published: September 8, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Fiction & Literature, Women’s Fiction
Caroline Jacobs is a wimp, someone who specializes in the suffering of tiny indignities in silence. And the big ones, too. But when the twinset wearing president of the local Parent Teacher Organization steps out of line one too many times, Caroline musters the courage to assert herself. With a four-letter word, no less.
Caroline’s outburst has awakened something in her. Not just gumption, but a realization that the roots of her tirade can be traced back to something that happened to her as a teenager, when her best friend very publicly betrayed her. So, with a little bit of bravery, Caroline decides to go back to her home town and tell off her childhood friend. She busts her daughter out of school, and the two set off to deliver the perfect comeback . . . some twenty-five years later. But nothing goes as planned. Long buried secrets rise to the surface, and Caroline finds she has to face much more than one old, bad best friend.”
“There’s no great dividing line between being a kid and an adult. We’re not all Caterpillar’s turning into butterflies. You are what you are. When you grow up, you may be more careful than when you were a kid. You don’t say what you think as much as you once did. You learn to play nice. But you’re still the same person who did good things or rotten things when you were young. Whether you feel good about them or bad…whether you regret them. Well, that’s a different thing. But it’s not like they disappear forever.”
That is just one of the amazing quotes from this great novel. I really did not expect to like this book this much. I was expecting light fluff that would leave me wanting more and asking questions. That is definitely not the case here. I finished this book in 2 days! That’s how good it was. It had all of the makings of a great novel: funny, charming, adventurous, and heartfelt. I was immediately hooked from the very first page and from then on I could not it down.
Although it was a humorous novel, it approached subject that really is important, especially in today’s society: bullying. Caroline Jacobs’s life shows the everlasting effects that bullying can have on a person. There is not one person who has been bullied would not want to confront their tormentor. But Caroline does so much more than that. She is able to face the demons and her guilt that she allowed to overcome her present life. Matthew Quick did a wonderful job conveying so much emotion for a female character. His writing style was just so captivating and he didn’t go off with unnecessary details. He provided realistic descriptions with an emotional voice.
What I also love about this novel that it just wasn’t about a woman letting go of her passive personality and coming out of her shell. I loved the mother-daughter dynamic. I believe it is one of the best mother-daughter parings I have ever read. Along their adventure, both Caroline and Polly learn more about each other in ways that couldn’t before. I believe their relationship was the highlight of this book.
In other words, this is a great read that I recommend to all fellow readers. You definitely will not be disappointed.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Note: I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.