Wednesday, June 22, 2016

By the Numbers

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): The New York Times bestselling author of The Best of Enemies serves up a hilarious new novel of the “sandwich generation.” 

Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60% of spouses cheat and 50% of marriages end in divorce, she wasn’t too surprised when her husband had an affair. (That he did so with a woman their daughter’s age? Well, that part did sting a bit.) She just made sure she got everything in the divorce, including their lovely old Victorian house. And as soon as her younger daughter has her hipster-fabulous wedding in the backyard, she’s trading it in for a condo in downtown Chicago...

Well within the average market time in her area, Penny gets an offer on the house. But then life happens. Her children, her parents and her ex come flying back to the nest, all in need of Penny’s emotional—and financial—support. Spread thin, Penny becomes the poster child for the “sandwich generation,” when all she really wanted to do was make managing director, buy a white couch, and maybe go on a date...

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Again, another summer first, since this is my first Jen Lancaster book.  By the Numbers was right up my alley.  I love numbers (I am a CPA) and could relate with Penny.  By the Numbers takes us through the journey of two very spoiled and disrespectful daughters, a wedding, an ex-husband and his much younger girl friend, aging parents, close friends, competitive job/office dynamics, and reconciliation.  

Favorite Character(s):  Patrick was just too funny.  He brought humor to the book.

Fast read/slow read:  For me, it was a fast read.

Cover:  Makes so much sense once you read the book!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I really liked Jen's style of writing.

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous books (The Best of EnemiesI Regret NothingTwisted SistersThe Tao of MarthaHere I Go AgainJeneration XIf You Were HereMy Fair LazyPretty in PlaidSuch a Pretty FatBright Lights, Big AssBitter Is the New Black). She has appeared on TodayThe Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered.

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