You may have noticed this book on my nightstand from early this week because I had to leave myself to reading this at night. When I picked up the book and started reading I was really excited. One of the main characters, Cornelia, was sassy and sharp. Like me. This is like the quickest way to get me interested in a book.
But then I realized that this was really like three stories rolled into one book and you would be flip flopping between Cornelia, Dev (the new kid in town with his single mom), and Piper (the perfect bitch from across the way that you so badly want to bitch slap ALL.OF.THE.TIME.) And if a book flip flops between two characters it's doable and usually ok. Three characters? Ok three is kind of third wheel. It makes it hard.
All of the characters, except Piper, were likeable and relatable. I just wanted to smack Cornelia up because her husband, Teo, sounds like a hot dreamboat and she's kind of blah but you do get the sense that she appreciates his hotness and awesomeness. It touches on lasting love (Cornelia and Teo), bonds of friendship, even after loss (Piper and Elizabeth), douche bag husbands (Piper and Kyle), and young love (Dev)
The ending? I totally saw it coming. It was as predictable as the sun coming up. Which made it more frustrating for me when I thought I knew what was going to happen and it did. I think the only thing I was surprised about in the end was how selfish Cornelia came off, how not understanding she was.
It's not really a chick lit, but I think only chicks would dig it. I mean, what man do you know would pick up a book with brightly colored rainboots on the front? None. So it's a girly book but it's not one of those that are gripping. Once I figured out what was going to happen about half way through it was hard for me to finish.