Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough ➸ [Reading] ➺ Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough By Ruth Pennebaker ➭ – Polishdarling.co.uk Joanie s ex husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend Joanie won t be having babies, since she s decided never to have sex againBut she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for And Joanie s ex husband the Verge PDF/EPUB ê is having a baby with his new girlfriend Joanie won t be having babies, since she s decided never to have sex againBut she Women on MOBI :ï still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for And thanks to the recession, her elderly mother Ivy as well Her daughter can t seem to exist without texting, on the Verge PDF/EPUB ¼ and her mother brags about goggling, while Joanie, back in the workforce, is still trying to figure out her office computer And how to fend off the advances of her coworker BruceJoanie, Caroline, and Ivy are stuck under the same roof, and it isn t easy But sometimes they surprise each other and themselves And through their differences they learn that it is possible to undo the mistakes of the past.


10 thoughts on “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

  1. Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) says:

    I wish I could go back in time a few weeks and ask myself what appealed to me about this book, because once I started reading it there wasn t really much in it that I enjoyed What was I thinking This novel centers around three women, each with their own set of problems The reader gets an up close and personal play by play of everything each of them thinks about things from sex to illegal aliens None of these women came across as sympathetic to me, especially since their problems are so trivia I wish I could go back in time a few weeks and ask myself what appealed to me about this book, because once I started reading it there wasn t really much in it that I enjoyed What was I thinking This novel centers around three women, each with their own set of problems The reader gets an up close and personal play by play of everything each of them thinks about things from sex to illegal aliens None of these women came across as sympathetic to me, especially since their problems are so trivial compared to how it could be I disliked Joanie most of all, especially with how she treated and thought of her mother I get that it would be no fun living with your seventy eight year old mother, but she is just so disrespectful and displays no compassion whatsoever.There is really no point to this novel at all, other than to cover a period of time in these women s lives I wasn t clear how much time had passed in this story, and also could have done without so much of the unimportant backstory that was included in the narrative.I don t recommend this novel, and can t see why it has gotten some of the praise that it has There is nothing original or unique in it as far as ideas, and the writing style is bland


  2. Mtnbookworm Mtnbookworm says:

    I found myself uncannily motivated by Pennebaker s title alone Frankly, it describes me and many others in my circle of family and friends to a T I suspect if you re dealing with either raising kids or handling eldercare drama or both the title probably describes your life too.Based on her other writing, I knew I could count on Pennebaker for a respite from and a laugh about real life I ve had a hard time reading lately because I m so distracted, so if a book can hold MY attention, that I found myself uncannily motivated by Pennebaker s title alone Frankly, it describes me and many others in my circle of family and friends to a T I suspect if you re dealing with either raising kids or handling eldercare drama or both the title probably describes your life too.Based on her other writing, I knew I could count on Pennebaker for a respite from and a laugh about real life I ve had a hard time reading lately because I m so distracted, so if a book can hold MY attention, that s saying something.Pennebaker s book does NOT disappoint It s funny and aggravating at the same time, as three generations of women live in the same house not by choice and muddle the best they can through their individual and collective dramas It helped me feel normal about the many times lately that I go from zero to pissed off in a matter of seconds Frustration is real, and sometimes, frustration is funny.An exercise in perspectives generational, mother daughter, and otherwise Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough reveals the grace and humor, frustration and yes anger, that consumes us especially at times of big transitions


  3. Heather Heather says:

    Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband If that s not enough to make her feel overwhelmed, her eighty year old mother is also living with her and her sullen teenage daughter When Joanie gets a call from her ex husband letting her know he s gotten his new twenty nine year old girlfriend pregnant, Joanie begins to fall off the precipice of good mental health Trapped in an ad exec job she hates and a divorce support group that can sometimes be judgemental, Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband If that s not enough to make her feel overwhelmed, her eighty year old mother is also living with her and her sullen teenage daughter When Joanie gets a call from her ex husband letting her know he s gotten his new twenty nine year old girlfriend pregnant, Joanie begins to fall off the precipice of good mental health Trapped in an ad exec job she hates and a divorce support group that can sometimes be judgemental, Joanie is slowly losing it Ivy, Joanie s mother, is also deteriorating Though she used to live on her own, the financial crash has eaten up her savings, forcing her into her daughter s home, where she doesn t feel welcomed or appreciated Meanwhile, the teenage Caroline fears she has some sort of multiple personality disorder because she can t understand why she s so angry with everyone in her life except the handsome and oblivious Henry As the three women orbit each other, they come to realize that life isn t filled with the happiness they once expected to find, and must learn to navigate not only the waters of their tenuous relationships, but the wider waters of a life that fluctuates wildly from day to day Infused with an offbeat and potent humor, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is the story of three women of three very different generations coming to terms with each other and with the wider world around themOne of the things I liked best about this story was the way Pennebaker was able to write from each woman s perspective so convincingly Joanie, a baby boomer, is frustrated with her life and struggles with it due to her bitter attitude She struggles because she believes that life should and could be so muchShe expects it and demands it, and because of all the overwhelming things that are happening in her professional and personal life, she feels as though she s slowly sinking into a place where she might not be able to cope with it any Her relationship with Ivy, her mother, is filled with anger Part of that anger stems from knowing that she was not the favorite child, and part because, even though she has bailed her mother out, Ivy still finds many things to criticize Joanie about It s an issue a lot of women face Becoming the mother to your mother can be not only confusing, but also has an odd way of building up resentment and anger Ivy does a lot to add fuel to Joanie s fire because of her puritanical belief system and her constant and unhelpful interjections On the opposite side, her relationship with her daughter is difficult because she really does struggle to be a good and compassionate mother but can t help but to put all kinds of emotional pressure on her She doesn t understand why her daughter is so angry and resentful when, try as she might, she just wants to connect It was easy to see that Joanie s relationship with her daughter was the mirror reflection of the relationship she had with her mother, with Caroline treating her much the same as she treated her mother.To be honest, though I did like her, I found Ivy to be a little too meddlesome and inflexible She is of the generation that believes the women of her daughter and granddaughter s generation expect too much for themselves and that s why they re never satisfied They eagerly seek happiness only to end up disappointed She speaks at length about her own relationship with her deceased husband and how there was little to no communication or emotional connection Ivy doesn t understand why her daughter is so angry and depressed, or why her granddaughter is so full of angst She is so far removed from any forms of society that she s sometimes misled in her beliefs by the things she reads on the Internet and the age old opinions that she stubbornly holds on to In the latter half of the story, Ivy comes to realize that she too may be depressed and she begins to act out in some alarming ways Her relationship with her son, the favorite, is a source of painful disappointment to her, and she, at times, mercilessly antagonizes both her daughter and granddaughter While I could readily sympathize with Ivy, she sometimes maddened me with her strange ideas and proclamations and endless insensitive questions.Caroline was the person I most identified with, which is strange for me because usually I don t sync all that well with YA characters Caroline is frustrated by the role she s forced to play in her parents drama She s constantly filled with anger because she feels that the adults around her are trying to validate their feelings through her and that everyone expects something from her She s in love with a boy who is only using her for her intellectual prowess and who doesn t know how she feels about him Caroline also is basically friendless and sort of a social outcast She comes into skirmishes with almost everyone around her, a fact which saddens and confuses her She doesn t think she s a mean person, so why is she acting this way all the time Looking deeper into the book, I think I identified with Caroline because I ve been Caroline There s a tremendous pressure and weight on her, and her need for understanding herself and her parents is something she s not equipped for Her confusion and anger were so real for me, her unhappiness so palpable Out of the three women, she s the one who seemed the most confused and troubled, and because she was so young, she had no wellspring from which to draw comfort.Though I ve made this book sound rather dour and serious, there were a lot of laugh out loud moments and a sharp humor to the ways in which the women dealt with each other I found the book to be surprisingly amusing and realistic in a way I hadn t expected, and although the ending was a bit ambiguous, I could see that each woman was on the road to healing by the conclusion of the book The issues that manifest themselves were not light and frothy, but something about the way they were portrayed enabled me to see them for who they were, and also let me get a glimpse of the redemption that they were on the road to finding This is the type of book I think a lot of women will relate to for a host of reasons I think each reader will have a very different reaction to the three women and will find something about each of them to admire, despite their emotional upheavals A very worthy read


  4. Marie Marie says:

    picked up this book at the library on the new shelf and decided to read it, mostly based on the recommendation of Sarah Bird, a talented Texas writer Ruth Pennebaker is another writer from Texas According to the book jacket she is a commentator for an NPR facilitator and keeps a blog which looks much better than her novel Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is about a trio of generations living under the same roof Joanie is mom to Car picked up this book at the library on the new shelf and decided to read it, mostly based on the recommendation of Sarah Bird, a talented Texas writer Ruth Pennebaker is another writer from Texas According to the book jacket she is a commentator for an NPR facilitator and keeps a blog which looks much better than her novel Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is about a trio of generations living under the same roof Joanie is mom to Caroline and daughter to Ivy, and they all want to tear each other to bits Caroline is a sullen teenager, Ivy is an overly critical older woman, and Joanie is a sad, bitter divorcee The life she was holding together by shreds comes crashing around her when her ex husband announces that his new girlfriend is having a baby.I found the writing and story to be overly simple, the characters one dimensional, and the interactions between them grating Perhaps this is meant to be written in such a way, and I just have no appreciation for itsort of like Hemingway I can t stand Hemingway Or maybe it s that I have a wonderful relationship with my own mother and can t imagine living my life in battle with those around me I could not relate to the characters at all Ivy, in particular, I found to be downright grating.One thing I found completely implausible is that Joanie was out of the workforce for 20 years and has minimal computer skills and then she lands a plum job in the advertising industry Never going to happen.I read to page 100 or so, and then gave up Life is too short to waste on mindless books that don t give us at least some amount of pleasure.My only conclusion is that Sarah Bird must be biased in some way perhaps she personally knows the author, or she was just being polite I should have trusted some of the bad reviews on Goodreads


  5. Louise Louise says:

    Joanie and Richard are divorced and Joanie has taken a life long vow to celibacy Richard is living with, BJ, a girl half is age who is now pregnant and they are getting married Joanie, almost fifty years old is in a divorcee support group and only talks to her best friend Mary Margaret outside the group.Fifteen year old daughter, Caroline, is a secretive, manipulative, unhappy teenager whose best friend, Sondra, just introduced her to marijuana Ivy, Joanie s mother, lives with her and Carolin Joanie and Richard are divorced and Joanie has taken a life long vow to celibacy Richard is living with, BJ, a girl half is age who is now pregnant and they are getting married Joanie, almost fifty years old is in a divorcee support group and only talks to her best friend Mary Margaret outside the group.Fifteen year old daughter, Caroline, is a secretive, manipulative, unhappy teenager whose best friend, Sondra, just introduced her to marijuana Ivy, Joanie s mother, lives with her and Caroline and they don t get along well Joanie is working full time again after being an at home Mom for years and Ivy under minds Joanie at every turn Joanie is so full of anger at Richard, fed up with listening to her mother that she freaked out one night during dinner after arguing with Ivy and smashes both their dinner plates on the kitchen floor then immediately retreats to her bedroom That same night, Ivy types an email to David, her son and Joanie s brother, telling him she s scared and had to lock herself in her bedroom because his sister was throwing plates and she was afraid of being attacked The next day, David, phones Joanie to question her about what she is doing their almost eighty year old mother Ivy can be acerbic but sweetly and subtly so.Three women living under one roof isn t a great idea, at least not for these three strong headed women However, given their problems, the amount of fights and arguments they have, when it comes right down to it, they love each other immensely This was a light hearted, laugh a minute book that every woman should read I m sure you ll find a little bit of yourself in one of these adorable characters


  6. Heather Heather says:

    I am struggling to put my thoughts on this book into words Overall, it was just OK The three main characters, Joanie, Ivy, and Caroline, seem like they re the exact same person just at different stages in life They re all extremely dissatisfied, extremely lonely, and extremely desperate They all find some way to work through those feelings, Joanie being the only one who seems to go about that in a somewhat healthy manner.I felt like this book was way too negative, and like it dragged on I I am struggling to put my thoughts on this book into words Overall, it was just OK The three main characters, Joanie, Ivy, and Caroline, seem like they re the exact same person just at different stages in life They re all extremely dissatisfied, extremely lonely, and extremely desperate They all find some way to work through those feelings, Joanie being the only one who seems to go about that in a somewhat healthy manner.I felt like this book was way too negative, and like it dragged on I wanted it to end quite a bit sooner than it did Not because it seemed like anything was resolved, but just because I couldn t take muchof these pathetic women Adding B.J to the mix was just overkill Clearly she s an insecure, manipulative, selfish girl Oh, yes, girl Technically, by age, she s a woman, but her actions are those of a child I must say, though, that I just love the cover front and back, as well as inside back The birds are great, and I could quickly figure out which is representative of who Love it


  7. Liz Liz says:

    I was looking for a light, after the holidays type book and came across this one It s premise is three women a 15 year old daughter, 50 year old mom, and a grandmother living under one roof The mom went through a divorce and her ex husband is getting married to a young girl who happens to be pregnant The grandmother had to give up her house due to the economy and crash of the stock market The young daughter is having a hard time socially in high school Lots of realistic challenges going o I was looking for a light, after the holidays type book and came across this one It s premise is three women a 15 year old daughter, 50 year old mom, and a grandmother living under one roof The mom went through a divorce and her ex husband is getting married to a young girl who happens to be pregnant The grandmother had to give up her house due to the economy and crash of the stock market The young daughter is having a hard time socially in high school Lots of realistic challenges going on but the author does a great job with the characters, so I felt like I could relate to each of them on some level It s very comical in some places Each of the characters come to some realization by the end of the book, thus the Breathrough part of the title I thought it was well done, easy read and I enjoyed it


  8. Alisa Bowman Alisa Bowman says:

    I finished this book last night The author artfully tells a tale from three perspectives and generations Each perspective is realistic, and even though all of the women in the book are deeply flawed and neurotic, they are also wonderfully likable An irreverent sense of humor runs through the book Some of the lines are classic and memorable and I found myself wanting to read with a highlighter One scene toward the end of the book made me laugh so hard the dog jumped off the bed This is a gr I finished this book last night The author artfully tells a tale from three perspectives and generations Each perspective is realistic, and even though all of the women in the book are deeply flawed and neurotic, they are also wonderfully likable An irreverent sense of humor runs through the book Some of the lines are classic and memorable and I found myself wanting to read with a highlighter One scene toward the end of the book made me laugh so hard the dog jumped off the bed This is a great book club pick because of all of the discussion issues that it brings up, and it s also a light, fun read and the perfect book to pick up in the darkness of winter


  9. eb eb says:

    A boring tale about a mother, a daughter, and a grandmother There s some good, insightful stuff about teenagers, but the plot is perfectly predictable, and the prose is bad.


  10. PK Reeves PK Reeves says:

    3 generations of women all under one roof that spells TROUBLE See Aisle B review 3 generations of women all under one roof that spells TROUBLE See Aisle B review


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10 thoughts on “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

  1. Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) says:

    I wish I could go back in time a few weeks and ask myself what appealed to me about this book, because once I started reading it there wasn t really much in it that I enjoyed What was I thinking This novel centers around three women, each with their own set of problems The reader gets an up close and personal play by play of everything each of them thinks about things from sex to illegal aliens None of these women came across as sympathetic to me, especially since their problems are so trivia I wish I could go back in time a few weeks and ask myself what appealed to me about this book, because once I started reading it there wasn t really much in it that I enjoyed What was I thinking This novel centers around three women, each with their own set of problems The reader gets an up close and personal play by play of everything each of them thinks about things from sex to illegal aliens None of these women came across as sympathetic to me, especially since their problems are so trivial compared to how it could be I disliked Joanie most of all, especially with how she treated and thought of her mother I get that it would be no fun living with your seventy eight year old mother, but she is just so disrespectful and displays no compassion whatsoever.There is really no point to this novel at all, other than to cover a period of time in these women s lives I wasn t clear how much time had passed in this story, and also could have done without so much of the unimportant backstory that was included in the narrative.I don t recommend this novel, and can t see why it has gotten some of the praise that it has There is nothing original or unique in it as far as ideas, and the writing style is bland


  2. Mtnbookworm Mtnbookworm says:

    I found myself uncannily motivated by Pennebaker s title alone Frankly, it describes me and many others in my circle of family and friends to a T I suspect if you re dealing with either raising kids or handling eldercare drama or both the title probably describes your life too.Based on her other writing, I knew I could count on Pennebaker for a respite from and a laugh about real life I ve had a hard time reading lately because I m so distracted, so if a book can hold MY attention, that I found myself uncannily motivated by Pennebaker s title alone Frankly, it describes me and many others in my circle of family and friends to a T I suspect if you re dealing with either raising kids or handling eldercare drama or both the title probably describes your life too.Based on her other writing, I knew I could count on Pennebaker for a respite from and a laugh about real life I ve had a hard time reading lately because I m so distracted, so if a book can hold MY attention, that s saying something.Pennebaker s book does NOT disappoint It s funny and aggravating at the same time, as three generations of women live in the same house not by choice and muddle the best they can through their individual and collective dramas It helped me feel normal about the many times lately that I go from zero to pissed off in a matter of seconds Frustration is real, and sometimes, frustration is funny.An exercise in perspectives generational, mother daughter, and otherwise Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough reveals the grace and humor, frustration and yes anger, that consumes us especially at times of big transitions


  3. Heather Heather says:

    Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband If that s not enough to make her feel overwhelmed, her eighty year old mother is also living with her and her sullen teenage daughter When Joanie gets a call from her ex husband letting her know he s gotten his new twenty nine year old girlfriend pregnant, Joanie begins to fall off the precipice of good mental health Trapped in an ad exec job she hates and a divorce support group that can sometimes be judgemental, Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband If that s not enough to make her feel overwhelmed, her eighty year old mother is also living with her and her sullen teenage daughter When Joanie gets a call from her ex husband letting her know he s gotten his new twenty nine year old girlfriend pregnant, Joanie begins to fall off the precipice of good mental health Trapped in an ad exec job she hates and a divorce support group that can sometimes be judgemental, Joanie is slowly losing it Ivy, Joanie s mother, is also deteriorating Though she used to live on her own, the financial crash has eaten up her savings, forcing her into her daughter s home, where she doesn t feel welcomed or appreciated Meanwhile, the teenage Caroline fears she has some sort of multiple personality disorder because she can t understand why she s so angry with everyone in her life except the handsome and oblivious Henry As the three women orbit each other, they come to realize that life isn t filled with the happiness they once expected to find, and must learn to navigate not only the waters of their tenuous relationships, but the wider waters of a life that fluctuates wildly from day to day Infused with an offbeat and potent humor, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is the story of three women of three very different generations coming to terms with each other and with the wider world around themOne of the things I liked best about this story was the way Pennebaker was able to write from each woman s perspective so convincingly Joanie, a baby boomer, is frustrated with her life and struggles with it due to her bitter attitude She struggles because she believes that life should and could be so muchShe expects it and demands it, and because of all the overwhelming things that are happening in her professional and personal life, she feels as though she s slowly sinking into a place where she might not be able to cope with it any Her relationship with Ivy, her mother, is filled with anger Part of that anger stems from knowing that she was not the favorite child, and part because, even though she has bailed her mother out, Ivy still finds many things to criticize Joanie about It s an issue a lot of women face Becoming the mother to your mother can be not only confusing, but also has an odd way of building up resentment and anger Ivy does a lot to add fuel to Joanie s fire because of her puritanical belief system and her constant and unhelpful interjections On the opposite side, her relationship with her daughter is difficult because she really does struggle to be a good and compassionate mother but can t help but to put all kinds of emotional pressure on her She doesn t understand why her daughter is so angry and resentful when, try as she might, she just wants to connect It was easy to see that Joanie s relationship with her daughter was the mirror reflection of the relationship she had with her mother, with Caroline treating her much the same as she treated her mother.To be honest, though I did like her, I found Ivy to be a little too meddlesome and inflexible She is of the generation that believes the women of her daughter and granddaughter s generation expect too much for themselves and that s why they re never satisfied They eagerly seek happiness only to end up disappointed She speaks at length about her own relationship with her deceased husband and how there was little to no communication or emotional connection Ivy doesn t understand why her daughter is so angry and depressed, or why her granddaughter is so full of angst She is so far removed from any forms of society that she s sometimes misled in her beliefs by the things she reads on the Internet and the age old opinions that she stubbornly holds on to In the latter half of the story, Ivy comes to realize that she too may be depressed and she begins to act out in some alarming ways Her relationship with her son, the favorite, is a source of painful disappointment to her, and she, at times, mercilessly antagonizes both her daughter and granddaughter While I could readily sympathize with Ivy, she sometimes maddened me with her strange ideas and proclamations and endless insensitive questions.Caroline was the person I most identified with, which is strange for me because usually I don t sync all that well with YA characters Caroline is frustrated by the role she s forced to play in her parents drama She s constantly filled with anger because she feels that the adults around her are trying to validate their feelings through her and that everyone expects something from her She s in love with a boy who is only using her for her intellectual prowess and who doesn t know how she feels about him Caroline also is basically friendless and sort of a social outcast She comes into skirmishes with almost everyone around her, a fact which saddens and confuses her She doesn t think she s a mean person, so why is she acting this way all the time Looking deeper into the book, I think I identified with Caroline because I ve been Caroline There s a tremendous pressure and weight on her, and her need for understanding herself and her parents is something she s not equipped for Her confusion and anger were so real for me, her unhappiness so palpable Out of the three women, she s the one who seemed the most confused and troubled, and because she was so young, she had no wellspring from which to draw comfort.Though I ve made this book sound rather dour and serious, there were a lot of laugh out loud moments and a sharp humor to the ways in which the women dealt with each other I found the book to be surprisingly amusing and realistic in a way I hadn t expected, and although the ending was a bit ambiguous, I could see that each woman was on the road to healing by the conclusion of the book The issues that manifest themselves were not light and frothy, but something about the way they were portrayed enabled me to see them for who they were, and also let me get a glimpse of the redemption that they were on the road to finding This is the type of book I think a lot of women will relate to for a host of reasons I think each reader will have a very different reaction to the three women and will find something about each of them to admire, despite their emotional upheavals A very worthy read


  4. Marie Marie says:

    picked up this book at the library on the new shelf and decided to read it, mostly based on the recommendation of Sarah Bird, a talented Texas writer Ruth Pennebaker is another writer from Texas According to the book jacket she is a commentator for an NPR facilitator and keeps a blog which looks much better than her novel Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is about a trio of generations living under the same roof Joanie is mom to Car picked up this book at the library on the new shelf and decided to read it, mostly based on the recommendation of Sarah Bird, a talented Texas writer Ruth Pennebaker is another writer from Texas According to the book jacket she is a commentator for an NPR facilitator and keeps a blog which looks much better than her novel Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is about a trio of generations living under the same roof Joanie is mom to Caroline and daughter to Ivy, and they all want to tear each other to bits Caroline is a sullen teenager, Ivy is an overly critical older woman, and Joanie is a sad, bitter divorcee The life she was holding together by shreds comes crashing around her when her ex husband announces that his new girlfriend is having a baby.I found the writing and story to be overly simple, the characters one dimensional, and the interactions between them grating Perhaps this is meant to be written in such a way, and I just have no appreciation for itsort of like Hemingway I can t stand Hemingway Or maybe it s that I have a wonderful relationship with my own mother and can t imagine living my life in battle with those around me I could not relate to the characters at all Ivy, in particular, I found to be downright grating.One thing I found completely implausible is that Joanie was out of the workforce for 20 years and has minimal computer skills and then she lands a plum job in the advertising industry Never going to happen.I read to page 100 or so, and then gave up Life is too short to waste on mindless books that don t give us at least some amount of pleasure.My only conclusion is that Sarah Bird must be biased in some way perhaps she personally knows the author, or she was just being polite I should have trusted some of the bad reviews on Goodreads


  5. Louise Louise says:

    Joanie and Richard are divorced and Joanie has taken a life long vow to celibacy Richard is living with, BJ, a girl half is age who is now pregnant and they are getting married Joanie, almost fifty years old is in a divorcee support group and only talks to her best friend Mary Margaret outside the group.Fifteen year old daughter, Caroline, is a secretive, manipulative, unhappy teenager whose best friend, Sondra, just introduced her to marijuana Ivy, Joanie s mother, lives with her and Carolin Joanie and Richard are divorced and Joanie has taken a life long vow to celibacy Richard is living with, BJ, a girl half is age who is now pregnant and they are getting married Joanie, almost fifty years old is in a divorcee support group and only talks to her best friend Mary Margaret outside the group.Fifteen year old daughter, Caroline, is a secretive, manipulative, unhappy teenager whose best friend, Sondra, just introduced her to marijuana Ivy, Joanie s mother, lives with her and Caroline and they don t get along well Joanie is working full time again after being an at home Mom for years and Ivy under minds Joanie at every turn Joanie is so full of anger at Richard, fed up with listening to her mother that she freaked out one night during dinner after arguing with Ivy and smashes both their dinner plates on the kitchen floor then immediately retreats to her bedroom That same night, Ivy types an email to David, her son and Joanie s brother, telling him she s scared and had to lock herself in her bedroom because his sister was throwing plates and she was afraid of being attacked The next day, David, phones Joanie to question her about what she is doing their almost eighty year old mother Ivy can be acerbic but sweetly and subtly so.Three women living under one roof isn t a great idea, at least not for these three strong headed women However, given their problems, the amount of fights and arguments they have, when it comes right down to it, they love each other immensely This was a light hearted, laugh a minute book that every woman should read I m sure you ll find a little bit of yourself in one of these adorable characters


  6. Heather Heather says:

    I am struggling to put my thoughts on this book into words Overall, it was just OK The three main characters, Joanie, Ivy, and Caroline, seem like they re the exact same person just at different stages in life They re all extremely dissatisfied, extremely lonely, and extremely desperate They all find some way to work through those feelings, Joanie being the only one who seems to go about that in a somewhat healthy manner.I felt like this book was way too negative, and like it dragged on I I am struggling to put my thoughts on this book into words Overall, it was just OK The three main characters, Joanie, Ivy, and Caroline, seem like they re the exact same person just at different stages in life They re all extremely dissatisfied, extremely lonely, and extremely desperate They all find some way to work through those feelings, Joanie being the only one who seems to go about that in a somewhat healthy manner.I felt like this book was way too negative, and like it dragged on I wanted it to end quite a bit sooner than it did Not because it seemed like anything was resolved, but just because I couldn t take muchof these pathetic women Adding B.J to the mix was just overkill Clearly she s an insecure, manipulative, selfish girl Oh, yes, girl Technically, by age, she s a woman, but her actions are those of a child I must say, though, that I just love the cover front and back, as well as inside back The birds are great, and I could quickly figure out which is representative of who Love it


  7. Liz Liz says:

    I was looking for a light, after the holidays type book and came across this one It s premise is three women a 15 year old daughter, 50 year old mom, and a grandmother living under one roof The mom went through a divorce and her ex husband is getting married to a young girl who happens to be pregnant The grandmother had to give up her house due to the economy and crash of the stock market The young daughter is having a hard time socially in high school Lots of realistic challenges going o I was looking for a light, after the holidays type book and came across this one It s premise is three women a 15 year old daughter, 50 year old mom, and a grandmother living under one roof The mom went through a divorce and her ex husband is getting married to a young girl who happens to be pregnant The grandmother had to give up her house due to the economy and crash of the stock market The young daughter is having a hard time socially in high school Lots of realistic challenges going on but the author does a great job with the characters, so I felt like I could relate to each of them on some level It s very comical in some places Each of the characters come to some realization by the end of the book, thus the Breathrough part of the title I thought it was well done, easy read and I enjoyed it


  8. Alisa Bowman Alisa Bowman says:

    I finished this book last night The author artfully tells a tale from three perspectives and generations Each perspective is realistic, and even though all of the women in the book are deeply flawed and neurotic, they are also wonderfully likable An irreverent sense of humor runs through the book Some of the lines are classic and memorable and I found myself wanting to read with a highlighter One scene toward the end of the book made me laugh so hard the dog jumped off the bed This is a gr I finished this book last night The author artfully tells a tale from three perspectives and generations Each perspective is realistic, and even though all of the women in the book are deeply flawed and neurotic, they are also wonderfully likable An irreverent sense of humor runs through the book Some of the lines are classic and memorable and I found myself wanting to read with a highlighter One scene toward the end of the book made me laugh so hard the dog jumped off the bed This is a great book club pick because of all of the discussion issues that it brings up, and it s also a light, fun read and the perfect book to pick up in the darkness of winter


  9. eb eb says:

    A boring tale about a mother, a daughter, and a grandmother There s some good, insightful stuff about teenagers, but the plot is perfectly predictable, and the prose is bad.


  10. PK Reeves PK Reeves says:

    3 generations of women all under one roof that spells TROUBLE See Aisle B review 3 generations of women all under one roof that spells TROUBLE See Aisle B review


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