Ok, so I'm starting up another reading challenge because reading challenges are way more fun than say fitness challenges. Seriously though, no thanks. The only problem...the 2015 challenge took me 3 extra months. (Catch up here) So I'm already behind. Good thing my boss gave me a book 2 months ago that I finally got around to reading...& finished it in under 24 hours. Perfect way to kick off the 2016 challenge. Clearly, I loved this book. It was such a nice, easy read given that the last two books I read were Wuthering Heights & Pride & Prejudice. I'm not entirely sure what category I'm going to use this book for, but I'm thinking "A book recommended by someone you just met." I've known my boss for approx. 6 months, but she gave me the book 2 months ago. So 4 months sounds good to me. Given that I'm terrible at writing summaries, I'll rely on my trusty friend, goodreads to give you the best possible summary. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely.
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom—with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicism—would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of traveler’s checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting.
But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it. In a matter of months, her savings shot, she had a choice: get a job or go home. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, 10,000 miles from the house where she was raised, her mother’s voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, straining to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its spiral.
This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it’s about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.
Rating from goodreads: 3.76 stars
My rating: 4 stars