Every parent’s worst nightmare is to come home and find their child missing. The child might have been kidnapped or just left on their own. Either way they are gone. In today’s world there are so many ways this can happen but the Internet and social media have added a whole different dimension to this dilemma. Teens are very susceptible. Middle school and High school can be very hard for teens. Many are subjected to bullying but for some it is losing friends they grew up with who have decided they have nothing in common any more. They may say “it is going to be different in our new school and I don’t think we will be friends any more”. How confusing, how mean.
Social media like Facebook allows predators to hide behind a false identity or create an identity to lure susceptible individuals into doing something they would not ordinarily do. Once they are drawn in they get trapped. On the other hand Facebook, twitter and instagram can reach a large number of people in a large geographical area very quickly. The net can allow you to create liaisons shrouded in secrecy, on the other hand if you have secrets these may be revealed much to your dismay. Privacy in today’s world is a double edged sword.
This book has two interesting stories. One is about this fourteen year old teen Marley. It is obvious that she has emotional issues and has been in therapy. The other story is about Rachel her Mom. There are secrets that will come out. I found the relationships between all the characters extremely fascinating.
The author does a great job of slowly weaving the stories. I admit I had a problem starting the book, only because of the disappearing teen but I got drawn into the story and really wanted to find out what happens to all the characters.
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I am sitting here trying to write my post and I am wondering how to best describe this book and do it justice. This book is filled with frenetic energy. The main character is different to say the least. She is or was an architect but she was also an artist and incorporated her art into what she designed. She built a “green” house with materials all obtained within a twenty mile radius many repurposed. You know that DIY show where the person takes pipes designed for under your sink and uses them to build shelves, that was Bernadette. She also had difficulty making connections with people until she met Elgin. He was brilliant techie whose company was bought out byt Microsoft. They were happy for awhile.
When they were living in California an event happened that sent Bernadette into a tailspin. I can’t tell you what happened it would ruin everything for you. They moved to Seattle into to a former Girls school that was falling apart. Supposedly it was her next project, she was to transform it into their home. But she became pregnant and miscarried several times. The last pregnancy produced a baby girl who survived but barely. When Bea survived she threw herself into raising the child. Of course she was not your run of the mill Mom and did not get along with the other Moms at the private school her daughter attended. And this caused major problems. Her husband worked ALL The Time and is unaware of what was going on. In a way what happened to there marriage was a very sad part of the book. He was a techie geek, she was an artist. The way they did things were very different and cracks started showing up in the foundation.
Zany things happen in the book, much brought on by Bernadette because of her quirkiness and how she reacts to situations. I know this sounds crazy but I found myself routing for her even though some of the things she did were way way out there.
I have to admit that it took me awhile to warm up to this book but I think the writing is amazing. I really felt like I knew these characters or maybe I want to know these characters. It Might add some fun to my life.
If you are looking for a serious book forget this one. If you are looking for something fun and pretty crazy with some underlying sadness then this book is perfect for you. I certainly understand why it showed up on the Washington Post paperback bestseller list two weeks ago. And by the way it was number 12 on the New York Times Bestseller list this week. Hope you enjoy it.
I love to read. I am a little obsessive about it. In fact it is not unusual for me to be reading several books going at one time. It blows my mind knowing there are so many people out there who either do not read or do not like to read. All I have to say about this is that you are missing a great opportunity. To any of you I say try it you might like it.
I started writing a blog because so many people would ask me if I had read anything good lately. I thought since I love to read I wanted to share my book choices. Originally I was the fiction queen but I have since branched out. I am trying to read more non-fiction and I have started to read cookbooks. Long story, you will have to read my posts to understand why. In addition to books I often read articles from newspapers and magazines that I like to share.
Recently I have discovered the wonderful world of audio books. Many of you , I am sure, have been listening to audio books for ages. I am a late bloomer. I started listening to audio books because I drive a lot . It use to bother me that I had all these hours in the car that, in my opinion, were wasted. Sure there is talk radio and music channels but that only keeps my interest for a short while. That’s when I gave audio books a try. Now I always listen to at least one audio book per week which I feel is a much better use of my time.
Many of you have read my blog http://ireaddontu.blogspot.com and I want to thank you for following me. I decided to move my blog here because it gives me more flexibility.The most recent post will show up on the right side of the page, but I have also categorized books to make it easier for you to go to the type of book you might enjoy. I am hoping that this website makes it easier for you to make comments and suggest books that you have enjoyed. After all I am always looking for a good book! So if you are one of the people who has been reading my original blog thanks for coming over. If you have never read my blog, Welcome!