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.
I was anticipating this recent release from Abbi Waxman because I read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill recently and loved it. I also enjoyed this latest from Waxman, it was nothing that blew me away but overall it was a okay read.
It was not surprising that my favorite aspect of the novel was Waxman’s writing style and how she crafted her characters. The novel follows the point of view of a mother and daughter with issues who are going on a college trip. Waxman did a great job of crafting unique and original voices for both of the characters.
I loved the writing/characters but found the main plot to be underwhelming and I wanted more to happen.
I recommend checking out this one and the other well-written novels from Abbi Waxman.
4 Stars Out of 5 Stars