My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
I was super excited to get my hands on this book because I saw the movie trailer and lets just say AWESOME! I am normally not one of those that read a book just because they are making a movie about it but this one has an all-star cast and for once I get to veer away from YA dystopian movie/book hybrids. So now that we are done with the why here is how it is.
Poor Judd Foxman his father has died he is living in a crappy basement apartment because his cheating wife is living in their house. Crap Right? Judd has enough reason to self-medicated but he doesn't. He doesn't go to therapy either. He probably doesn't have health insurance anymore because to add insult to an already bad injury Judd has quit his job because the person that his wife is cheating on him with is his boss. OUCH!
Judd goes home for his dad's funeral and a big surprise called sitting shiva , which means he is stuck for 7 days and nights with the rest of his family, their significant and insignificant others, plus everyone's kids because this was his father's dying wish.
There are the four kids Paul, who is married to Alice; then Wendy who is married to Barry and they have three kids Cole, Ryan, and Serena, then there is Phillip the baby of the family who's "engaged to be engaged" to Tracy and there is of course Judd who is separated from Jen. Linda a neighbor from down the street is constantly there helping and her son Horry works at the family's hardware store; Wendy and him used to date but he got in a fight that left him mentally disabled.
Talk about a soap opera but I hope that you will fall in love with all of them like I did. I could keep going but then this post would be obscenely long. But you get the gist family is not always easy but their your family you love them and would do anything for them no matter the cost and this book shows that even the most unconventional families can came through some pretty tough problems. It is life affirming. Judd literally rides off into the sunset at the end and gives hope to those that even though life sucks at the moment there are still endless possibilities that can make it all better! Life is complicated.
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