Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home NowIf You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now by Claire LaZebnik
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's hard to like a main character who is a single mom, 25 years old, lives with her well-off parents who pay for everything - including her son's 20k tuition to a private elementary school - and acts like a complete brat. It's hard, but stick with this book anyways. The plot really isn't solid in action, it's a lot of "delayed coming of age" lessons. The characters are borderline cheesy with a fake sugary dialogue, but stick with this book anyways. Really, it's an emotional treat for mothers and daughters about where home is and how we leave those we love.

Summary: Rickie left home a long time ago-so how is it that at the age of twenty-five, she's living with her parents again, and sleeping in the bedroom of her childhood home?

At least one thing has changed since high school: She now has a very sweet but frequently challenging son named Noah, who attends the same tony private LA school she herself attended. Rickie fit in fine when she was a student, but now her age and tattoos make her stand out from all the blond Stepford moms, who are desperate to know why someone so young-and so unmarried-has a kid in first grade.

Already on the defensive, Rickie goes into full mother-tigress mode when her small and unathletic son tells her that the gym teacher is out to get him. She storms the principal's office, only to discover that Andrew Fulton, the coach, is no dumb jock. As her friendship with Andrew develops, Rickie finds herself questioning her assumptions-about motherhood, being a grown-up, and falling in love.

Recommended Reading:
Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik
Goodnight Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson
Up From the Blue by Susan Henderson
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
Perfect Blend by Sue Margolis
The Life You've Imagined by Kristina Riggle

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