RaveBookreporterA talent for creating well-crafted characters and skill for writing dreamy settings ... a pitch-perfect dramedy with plenty to love, laugh about and cringe at ... With so many generations of family on the scene, the book is rife with uncomfortable --- and swoony --- interactions, but it’s a real case of the whole being even greater than the sum of its parts ... Each character is wonderfully fleshed out and realized, but it is their overall assembly (and Friedman’s jaw-dropping ability to handle them all) that propels the narrative, pulls at your heartstrings.
PositiveBookreporterA smart and funny love story between two very unlikely people ... a clever and truly hilarious novel. Readers of Sally Thorne will recognize her signature quirkiness and delightful sense of humor, but in her third novel, she has managed to write something completely different from her previous works. Ruthie is entirely her own heroine, packed with old traumas and sensitivities, but decidedly sure of herself and her work ethic at the same time ... Once you get to know the characters, their banter soars and the tension between them finally starts to emerge. The second two-thirds of the book is perfectly paced, with great dialogue, just the right amount of conflict, and the emotional punches that Thorne is so skilled at writing.