Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I Was Told It Would Get Easier

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Squashed among a bus full of strangers, mother-daughter duo Jessica and Emily Burnstein watch their carefully mapped-out college tour devolve into a series of off-roading misadventures, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. 

Jessica and Emily Burnstein have very different ideas of how this college tour should go.

For Emily, it's a preview of freedom, exploring the possibility of her new and more exciting future. Not that she's sure she even wants to go to college, but let's ignore that for now. And maybe the other kids on the tour will like her more than the ones at school. . . . They have to, right?

For Jessica, it's a chance to bond with the daughter she seems to have lost. They used to be so close, but then Goldfish crackers and Play-Doh were no longer enough of a draw. She isn't even sure if Emily likes her anymore. To be honest, Jessica isn't sure she likes herself.

Together with a dozen strangers--and two familiar enemies--Jessica and Emily travel the East Coast, meeting up with family and old friends along the way. Surprises and secrets threaten their relationship and, in the end, change it forever.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I Was Told it Would Get Easier is a perfect book for this time of year.  Summer time is a great time for college visits….well it used to be.  I guess we are doing them virtually.  

Mother and daughter on tour of colleges with a bus full of strangers gives them both lots of time to think about life.  Jessica is a lawyer and threatened to leave if the firm didn't promote one of her mentees. However, during the college trip and visiting friends and old flames makes her realize that she is in need of change.

Emily is struggling with a scandal at school and whether she even wants to go to college. As the drama at school unfolds Emily confides in her mother.  The strained relationship between Jessica and Emily seems to disappear little by little as the make their way through the college visits

The thoughts that Emily had regarding her mother and her work really hit home with me. I work long hours and am often pulled to work.  It made me stop and think, do my kids feel/think the same way. It really had me stopping, reflecting and having wonderful discussions with my children. 

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  My favorite book is The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.  But I enjoy all her books: Other People's House and The Garden of Small Beginnings. All are great reads!

Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman, who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.

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