About The Goodbye Year
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: SparkPress (May 3, 2016)
Melanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of parenting as a type of death, can’t believe she has only one more year to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated façade of her life. Will and his wife are fine-as long as he follows the instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who also happens to have a daughter in the senior class).
Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores high school peer pressure, what it’s like for young people to face the unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be the beginning of a couple’s second act together-empty nesting-might possibly be the end.
Review: This book was absolutely fabulous. It was like a nighttime drama. If things were paranormal this could have been The Gates.
In The Goodbye Year we follow the lives of three families during the senior year of one of their children. Just about everyone in this story was a little crazy, or a lot crazy. The kind of crazy you expect to find on a cheesy tv show. (You know the kind you don't want to admit to watching)
There's no way the average woman can identify with these families, but you'll laugh and maybe even cry with them along the way.
Melanie and Keith are as close to normal in the bunch, only Melanie's obsession with her son's ability or inability to get into a good college seems to be driving her son (Dane) and husband, Keith out of their minds.
Then there's Sarah and Jud. Sarah is wife of a famous plastic surgeon and she's pretty much been fixed and redone so much that she doesn't even look like herself. She is the Queen Bee of the town and her life seems perfect on the outside. Her husband is handsome and successful and her daughter is perfect.
Lastly is Will Parker and his family. You only get things from his perspective and his daughter. He's having and affair and things are getting tricky. Very very tricky. And his way to sort things out is just nutso.
These characters are often over the top in the things that happen in their lives, especially the Parkers and Nelsons (Sarah and Jud)
This book is filled with infidelities, diseases and all sorts of craziness.
I read this book in one day, which isn't something I do much anymore. Its a fun read that I recommend to anyone looking for a fun read.
Rating: 5 flowers