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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

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"Alice Sullivan, a high-achieving architect and mom of two, is used to being in control. Until life rips the blueprints right out of her hands. While she's always strived for a picture perfect life, Alice's foundation is rocked when she discovers her daughter is failing reading at school, and worse, her son is a bully, having humiliated a classmate on stage in front of 500 of their peers. Alice feels desperate to make things right, but when she turns to her friends for support, she discovers her own social standing has eroded now that she's one of "those moms" who can't control her kids. As she tries to figure out where she went wrong, her curated life unravels further. She faces setbacks with a key client, her husband travels incessantly for business, and her mother decides to unload a family secret she's kept for more than thirty years - one that shifts Alice's entire perception of herself. Despite her attempts to have things under control, Alice can no longer rely on an inventive mudroom design and keeping her clients happy to make her feel better. She's been trying to beat the competition, measuring her success and happiness by everyone else's standards. Alice finds help, comfort, and strength from unexpected places, once she realizes that no one's got it all together, and that maybe that's okay."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780593098431
0593098439
Branch Call Number: FICTION WEST
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 24 cm.

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brangwinn
Mar 23, 2021

The competitiveness of moms, the struggle of middle school kids to find their place in the word, the need to provide support for your child when they have misbehaved badly, and the ever-present challenges of technology are all issues in Kathleen West’s newest book. First, we have Alice, a mom, who seems to have it all, a beautiful home, a successful lawyer husband, a rising career as an interior decorator and two children. All is going well, until it isn’t, and it implodes her life. Her husband is out of town at a trial during the week. Her seventh-grade son is caught “pantsing” another boy at an assembly. She quickly learns Teddy is a bully and her beautiful second-grade daughter is struggling with reading and she is forced to miss a meeting with an important client to meet with the assistant principal about Teddy. She has two friends, one with who has a son who struggles with behavior issues. Alice has always thought better parenting would help…that is until she finds herself in the same boat. Her other friend, Meredith has an angel of a daughter, at least on the surface. Even with parental supervision of her phone, young Sadie can do much damage as she eggs on a dispute between Teddy and another boy. And then there’s Alice’s mother, who has just disclosed she had a baby given up for adoption and now Alice has a sister she did not know. As I read this, I reevaluated the use of my phone and how even without young kids, I often use it instead of fully engaging in the present. I also came away with support in my belief that NextDoor app, leads to no more positive results than a phone in a seventh graders hands. While the solution was all but tied up in a bow, and sprinkled with fairy dust, its still a satisfying book to read, and should make us all reflect on how technology has made us its slave

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