Title: When Katie Met Cassidy
Author: Camille Perri
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Synopsis from Putnam
Review: WHEN KATIE MET CASSIDY unabashedly celebrates lesbian culture and I loved every bit of it. A compelling plot exploring gender identity, finding one’s own place and being true to yourself in a sweet way.
New York lawyers, Katie Daniels and Cassidy Price couldn’t be more different; Katie is a southern woman jilted by her ex-fiance and Cassidy is a suit-wearing player gaining notches on her bedpost. When their paths cross at a meeting Katie is instantly intrigued by confident and charming Cassidy. Cassidy provides us a lens into her LGBTQ community – the family and friendships she counts on. Katie’s sense of who she is begins to erode and she sets out on a journey of self discovery questioning her own sexual identity.
I found Katie’s journey delightful and especially enjoyed the peak when she moved past her self-inflicted shame and embraced her relationship with Cassidy.
Title: All We Ever Wanted
Author: Emily Giffin
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary | Women’s Fiction
Synopsis from Doubleday
Free copy provided by publisher.
Review: Wealth, privilege, lies, scandal and heartbreak are the brutal framework of Emily Giffin’s emotional novel, ALL WE EVER WANTED. This story packs a punch that I didn’t see coming when I read the synopsis.
Kirk and Nina Browning run with Nashville’s elite crowd. Their son, Finch has never wanted for anything and his recent acceptance into Princeton is the cherry on the top of his privileged upbringing. Finch is the stereotypical product of this type of rearing – spoiled, narcissistic, and manipulative. Finishing up his final year at prestigious Windsor Academy, he gets drunk at a party and makes a horrible, racist and sexually degrading decision that threatens his academic future but has long-ringing effects on Lyla the victim, and near-death experience for Finch’s ex, Polly. Moreover the event causes Nina to question the moral thread that ties she, Kirk and Finch together.
Told in alternating narratives, the reader hears from Tom, Nina and Lyla but it’s Nina’s story that weaves the complexity of parenting, morality, betrayal and a mother’s love for her son into this provocative plot.
This book is borderline YA and may be appropriate for a mature teenager. It’s a timely story around the recent #metoo movement, this one is a stellar page-turner touching on social class and misogyny.
Title: I Don’t Know How She Does It
Author: Allison Pearson
Publication Date: August 26, 2003
Genre: Fiction | Women’s Fiction
Synopsis from Anchor
Review: I’m following along with BookSparks in Paradise Summer Reading Challenge and looking forward to the highly anticipated HOW HARD CAN IT BE?, the funny and poignant followup to I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.
This book is an homage to every mother out there. Whether she works inside of the home or outside of the home this book will resonate with you on every level possible. I absolutely adored Kate Reddy. She’s like so many mom’s out there who are trying to do.it.all. She’s juggling a successful career and family while keeping her head above water. As a busy funds manager, Kate jets across the globe in a man’s world – plagued with guilt for not spending enough time with her children. Kate has many complain-y moments; the nanny doesn’t feed the kids humanely raised poultry and her husband isn’t the breadwinner – he takes architectural jobs here and there, adding fuel to the fire.
This story is funny and sharp – I laughed at so many moments because I’ve been there! At times poignant, things spiral out of control when Kate almost has an affair and her husband moves out. I found myself on an introspective journey wondering why women set unattainable standards for themselves – why do we do it all?!
I listened to the audiobook which was an absolute delight!
Title: Other People’s Houses
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Women’s Fiction
Synopsis from Berkley
Book provided by PRHC
Review: I devoured OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES in two days. It was filled with so much familiarity – if you are a middle aged parent you will totally get this book! Waxman takes family dysfunction, which I’m a sucker for, and puts a humorous spin on it and boy does she hit the nail on the head. Frances Bloom is a stay-a-home mom of three children, drives the carpool on her block, and enjoys her role as the dependable neighbour. When she walks in on her neighbour, Anne, on the living room floor with a man who is surely her husband Charlie, Frances flips out when she sees a considerably younger looking man. This singular event unravels the neighbourhood – the insecurities mount and tensions rise as every couple questions whether their spouse could be cheating on them also.
I adored Frances and found her completely relatable. I’m a stay-at-home mom to three children also and this paragraph brilliantly summarizes a day in my life:
Walking out of the kitchen she looked at her house as if seeing it in a catalog, and decided if it were a catalog it would be called House Hopeless. There were drifts of clutter in every corner, like sticks and leaves in the edges and eddies of a stream. Half finished craft activities. Library books that had become so overdue it would have been cheaper to buy them in the first place. Invitations to parties that had taken place three years prior. Then, of course, there were the epic Pinterest fails of an actual life: a mantelpiece where she’s attempted a “curation” of photos and keepsakes, which for three days had been photo ready but then had been overtaken by school forms and Fisher-Price Little People and the registration sticker for Michael’s car, which didn’t need to go on for another month and would be every single place she looked until she actually needed it, at which point it would have fallen into a crevice in the earth’s crust and be lost forever. And everywhere, everywhere, single socks and dog hair. Oh well.
Waxman weaves in a couple of lesser strands where neighbours Bill and Julie deal with cancer and Frances’ cousin, Iris tries to convince her wife, Sara to have another baby – without detracting from the main plot line while keeping the wit and satire flowing.
I think any fan of women’s fiction will take pleasure in OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES. Pack this one for your next vacation or beach read and get ready for some laugh-out-loud moments.
Bookmail Friday is a place where I share with you the books I received this week.
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman – At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…*record scratch* As soon as I read Kirkus Reviews write-up on OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES I knew I wanted to read this book. Women’s fiction is one of my favourite fiction sub-genres and who doesn’t enjoy a peek inside someone else’s home rolled doused in some laugh out loud moments?
The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian – Audrey Nelson is planning for her future after graduation, but she has no idea her future contains a swoony summer romance, Internet fame, or a nursing home. I’m a sucker for young love and THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE weaves together a story about a young girl finding her place in the world amidst new found love.
Freshman by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison – A laugh-out-loud, realistic portrayal of a freshman year in college for fans of Broad City. I vividly remember my college years, they were some of my best years, and feeling all grown up. I’m sure reading FRESHMAN will conjure up some familiar points that I will be able to laugh about today.
Did you get any book mail this week? Tell me in the comments!