In a Nutshell
Caroline Jacobs is a wife, mother, and a complete pushover … until one day she bursts out with a not so nice four letter word in the middle of a school meeting stunning everyone especially her husband and daughter. This wonderful novel is about a woman trying to reinvent herself and her relationship with her teenage daughter by delving into her past.
When Caroline finally speaks up it leaves her remembering all the times in her past that she didn’t. The one incident that Caroline feels has impacted her life all the way to adulthood was when she was a teenager and she was humiliated and deserted by her so called best friend. Now, more than twenty years later, Caroline feels the need to confront this friend and she decides to take her daughter along on the road trip. While Caroline is trying to sort out her feelings and her past and figure out what the perfect comeback to her old friend should be her daughter is keeping busy at every turn showing her mother how it should be done or even slyly doing it behind her back.
Did I Fancy It or Not
I really enjoyed this audio (length 7 hrs, 17 mins) narrated by Cynthia Hopkins who does a fantastic job with both the characters and the story. This book shows us how bullying has effects that last well into adulthood and many times shape who we are. I also liked the mother/daughter aspect of this novel and how they were able to begin to build a new relationship together. I think this is a perfect book club selection with lots to talk about. Highly recommended!