I Was Told It Would Get Easier

I Was Told It Would Get Easier

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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"Stuck in a bus full of strangers, mother-and-daughter duo Jessica and Emily Burnstein watch their carefully mapped-out college tour devolve into something they never expected in this hilarious and insightful new novel from the author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Jessica and Emily have very different ideas of how this college tour should go. For Emily, it's a last-ditch effort to get excited about her future, because every day in the present feels like such a slog. Can't she just skip straight to the adulting part? It looks so much easier . . . at least on social media. For Jessica, it's a chance to bond with the daughter she seems to have lost. They used to be so close, but then Goldfish crackers and Play-Doh were no longer enough of a draw. She isn't even sure if Emily likes her anymore. To be honest, Jessica isn't entirely sure she likes herself. Together with a dozen strangers-and two familiar enemies-Jessica and Emily travel the East Coast, visiting one prospective college after another, meeting up with family and old friends along the way. Surprises and secrets test their relationship and, in the end, change it forever"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451491893
Branch Call Number: FIC WAXMAN
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustration ; 21 cm


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Jul 05, 2020

Waxman does an excellent job of getting the reader into the heads the main characters as she examines the relationship of a mother and teenager. It can be heartbreaking and awkward. The perspectives of this story is what makes it worthy of being read. If there are mother-daughter book clubs this would make an excellent book, and even if it was just a group of moms reading it there would be plenty of discussion as the corporate lawyer and her 16-year old daughter take a weeklong tour of east coast colleges.

TSCPL_Miranda Jun 30, 2020

A really cute mother-daughter story. Waxman shifted perspectives from Emily to Jessica frequently, so that you could see how each saw a particular exchange or situation, and the miscommunications and missed opportunities for connection were so relatable. This author really has a gift with voice, so each character was distinct, and both were witty and likeable.

Jun 03, 2020

A timely novel featuring a single mother and her sixteen-year-old daughter on a weeklong tour of east coast colleges. Includes college admissions issues applicable to recent news and #genderequality elements. I really enjoy Abbi Waxman's style. This is quite different from "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill," but the quirky humor underlying the narrative is very similar. In this new book, the juxtaposition of mom and daughter POVs shows many of the situations from both sides and WE know before they do how wrong many of their assumptions about each other have been. It's always fun to the that upper hand. That inside scoop. Includes discussion questions that will be helpful for book groups.


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