Thank you to GoodReads.com and Putnam Books for the advance reading copy of this book. This is the second book by Julie Lawson Timmer and I thoroughly loved Five Days Left.
Through the book, I alternated between being frustrated by Char’s lack of nerve to basically parent her stepdaughter and refusal to see giant red flags of her younger friend Morgan’s situation and empathizing with a woman whose experienced a great loss of her husband, who seemed to be the foundation of their family.
Overall I was satisfied at how the book ended. Sometimes I felt the book was dragging, and then I reminded myself how time passes so differently after the loss of a close loved one and the world is so different from the way it was “before.” I don’t know if it was intentional by the author or not. What I had a hard time with was believing that the teen-aged daughter did all the acting out in order to try to force Char to be her parent and to tell her that she wanted to be her parent. I felt the acting out was 100% understandable for a teenager whose primary parent suddenly died and felt helpless in the middle of a custody struggle between a caring but struggling stepparent and a self-absorbed and indifferent biological mother.