Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
One-sentence summary: A displaced and lonely young woman finds friendship and love but doesn’t know how to accept it.
B.A.D. Girls Book Rating: 8
Our favorite thing about it: The emotional honesty and intensity.
Our least favorite thing about it: Again, hard to select something here…maybe that it’s so realistic as to be almost depressing.
Main Topics of Discussion: Motherhood, guilt, family, home, trust, ability to love
Our favorite quote: “Perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.”
Notes: This was a very emotional read, but we felt like it was written really well. Although we became frustrated with the choices the main character made, we ultimately felt like they were very realistic for her background of abandonment, loneliness, and guilt. We actually appreciated the insight into a girl who had no family, no home, and who did not know how to love. We thought the main character was really interesting and not a flat character at all. The ending, while it was mainly “good” was not necessarily “tidy” as it left in the air how exactly things would work out…only that they would work on it. We liked that and felt it to be really honest and a great way to end the book.
Memorable Meeting Moments: We met at Brooklyn’s Pizza and then went back to Lindsay’s house for Dara’s cookies and some ice cream…as well as our book discussion.
What We Ate: Brooklyn’s Pizza, Dara’s cookies, ice cream