Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker

Read: March 13 - March 30
Format: ARC Paperback 304 pages
Source: publisher for review
Subject: divorce, dysfunctional family, depression
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, BOYS
Category: Something New - books that were acquired in 2011
Genre: Fiction
Stars: ★★½

Angry divorcée, teenager with self-esteem issues, depressed grandmother with emotional problems - put them together in the same house and the story should be full of strange ways of coping with each other and their individual lives. Caroline, a 15 year-old, checks every morning to see if her breasts have grown and worries about never losing her virginity. Her mother, Joanie, is trying to recover from her husband walking out on her and compelling her to enter the workforce when she hasn't held a regular job since college. Finally, you have Ivy, the grandmother, who takes up shoplifting to lift her spirits.

Take this combination and add a runaway father with a pregnant girlfriend who thinks that Caroline should be her new best friend and you should have an entertaining book. Unfortunately, it falls a bit short of expectations.

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