Margin Notes: The Smart One
by Jennifer Close (Goodreads Author)
Average rating: 3.35
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book. It's a year in the life of a family, with no real "end point" if that makes sense--there is a story arc, it just doesn't tie up neatly in a bow at the end of the year. The story is told from several female perspectives: the mother, Weezy (and her sister Maureen), The two daughters Claire (recently broke off her engagement and is in $$ trouble), Martha (seems to have a touch of Asbergers), and the son Max's girlfriend Cleo. I really enjoyed the depth of the characters--I think they were really round and well developed. I enjoyed being inside each of their heads, none of the characters were particularly likeable (except maybe Cleo?), but hearing from each of them made me invested in their stories and made me root for them. If we just heard the story from one perspective it would have been too much, so I thought it was a great device. This year seems to be a bit of a precipice for each family member / narrator, where each has something they need to figure out. It was a great, honest, portrait of a modern family. Not a life changer, but a solid book.
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