I Was Told It Would Get Easier

I Was Told It Would Get EasierSquashed Among A Bus Full Of Strangers, Mother Daughter Duo Jessica And Emily Burnstein Watch Their Carefully Mapped Out College Tour Devolve Into A Series Of Off Roading Misadventures, From The USA Today Bestselling Author Of The Bookish Life Of Nina HillJessica And Emily Burnstein Have Very Different Ideas Of How This College Tour Should GoFor Emily, It S A Preview Of Freedom, Exploring The Possibility Of Her New And Exciting Future Not That She S Sure She Even Wants To Go To College, But Let S Ignore That For Now And Maybe The Other Kids On The Tour Will Like Her Than The Ones At School They Have To, Right 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 Any To Be Honest, Jessica Isn T Sure She Likes HerselfTogether With A Dozen Strangers And Two Familiar Enemies Jessica And Emily Travel The East Coast, Meeting Up With Family And Old Friends Along The Way Surprises And Secrets Threaten Their Relationship And, In The End, Change It Forever Abbi Waxman explores a mother daughter dynamic in this humorous coming of age story of a college tour that whilst seeing miss steps, goes on to see them reconnect, understand each other better, with both developing a stronger sense of self as a result 45 year old single mom, Jessica Bernstein, is a high powered lawyer and partner at a prestigious LA law firm, a position she has gained by sacrificing spendingtime with the apple of her eye, her 16 year old daughter, Emily Jessica feels she Abbi Waxman explores a mother daughter dynamic in this humorous coming of age story of a college tour that whilst seeing miss steps, goes on to see them reconnect, understand each other better, with both developing a stronger sense of self as a result 45 year old single mom, Jessica Bernstein, is a high powered lawyer and partner at a prestigious LA law firm, a position she has gained by sacrificing spendingtime with the apple of her eye, her 16 year old daughter, Emily Jessica feels she needed to do this to give Emily every advantage, private school, nanny, and now ensuring that she can fund what she feels is an essential college education Well grounded, with a strong moral compass, just like Jessica, Emily is feeling insecure when it comes to her mother s love, feeling she comes last in Jessica s priorities Both are keeping key aspects of what is happening in their lives from each other as they embark with uncertainty on a college tour, amidst which they meet friends, family and an ex lover, with Emily unsure about what she wants and feeling that college isthan likely not for her On the tour are Dani and Alex Ackerman, an unpleasant surprise, along with some other competitive, elitist and judgemental parents and their pressurised teens College places are fiercely fought over, with some parents willing to cross lines to ensure their child gets the scarce and coveted place as they trample over the rights of others However, the stage is set for Jessica to see that her worries about being a poor parent are unjustified, as her perspective is broadened by the eye opening knowledge that other parents experience similar issues when it comes to their relationships with their children.Waxman skilfully depicts the fraught family drama between Jessica and Emily, who havein common than they realise, particularly when it comes to values they share The current environment when it comes to college admission places huge if differing pressures on parents and their children, this is sharply observed, with the inclusion of parents breaking the law as we have seen in our contemporary world Both Jessica and Emily are addicted to their phones and posting on social media, a crucial avenue to connecting with friends and the world, whilst for Jessica, it is a medium through which her law firm has her continuing to work, despite it being her time to be with her daughter This is a fun and entertaining read, whilst simultaneously exploring the serious issues that afflict parents and teens in the modern world Many thanks to Headline for an ARC Sweet, sassy, emotional, entertaining story about metoo movement dances with tight pressure about college applications, generation gap, communication breakdown and sweet mother and daughter s journey about breaking the barriers and reforming their tight family bonds I m a big fan of the author s incredible sense of humor and original approach to help us get lost in her characters different functioning minds I liked two versions of a mother and daughter s POVS to the same events emphasizing th Sweet, sassy, emotional, entertaining story about metoo movement dances with tight pressure about college applications, generation gap, communication breakdown and sweet mother and daughter s journey about breaking the barriers and reforming their tight family bonds I m a big fan of the author s incredible sense of humor and original approach to help us get lost in her characters different functioning minds I liked two versions of a mother and daughter s POVS to the same events emphasizing their differences, resentfulness which slowly damages their relationship Successful, ambitious, tough lawyer Jessica, 45, single mom, stands for her colleague to get the promotion she deserved and threats him to quit her job before leaving for the tour to East Coast Colleges she ll take with her teenage daughter 16 Emily And Emily just runs away from something she did at the school She just doesn t want to face it and has no intention to share with her mom Their trip turns into something enlightening, meeting with old friends, some of the colleagues So we re introducing so many livid, likeable and well drafted characters This is a sweet, soft, enjoyable, feel good, women s fiction and lovely mother and daughter relationship story I have to admit I enjoyed Bookish Life of Nina HillIt was one of my best reads of the last year But this book is also well written, easy to read with lots of funny quotes and we catch so many sparkles of author s unique witty mind as usual I both love Emily and Jessica And the supporting characters are also adorable So I m giving four shiny, soft, swoony, lovely stars Abbi Waxman did again She made me put a big smile on my face Atta girl Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this incredible ARC in exchange my silliest dance moves, of course I m kidding, in exchange my honest review I was checking to make sure you re reading my thanking part bloginstagramfacebooktwitter I m so excited to get an ARC copy from Tucker the Reader I m absolutely dizzy PS check out this week s BookTube Video to see why I m psyched about this one and the other fabulous books I picked up I m so excited to get an ARC copy from Tucker the Reader I m absolutely dizzy PS check out this week s BookTube Video to see why I m psyched about this one and the other fabulous books I picked up Quick Raise your hand if you re a Gil Girls fan I am I am I am Come on now Don t be shy I know I m not the sole remaining devotee of the show I still, to this day, watch Gil Girls reruns I love the unique relationship between Lorelai and Rory I enjoy the snappy, witty dialogue I wish Stars Hollow existed, so I could visit it And when I was much youngerand singleJess Mariano made for my ideal bad boy boyfriend.I have a feeling that if Abbi Waxman were here with Quick Raise your hand if you re a Gil Girls fan I am I am I am Come on now Don t be shy I know I m not the sole remaining devotee of the show I still, to this day, watch Gil Girls reruns I love the unique relationship between Lorelai and Rory I enjoy the snappy, witty dialogue I wish Stars Hollow existed, so I could visit it And when I was much youngerand singleJess Mariano made for my ideal bad boy boyfriend.I have a feeling that if Abbi Waxman were here with me now, then she, too, would raise her hand For her newest novel, I Was Told It Would Get Easier, clearly strives to be reminiscent in style and tone of the famously clever TV show But alas, Jessica and Emily Burnstein, our mother daughter protagonists of the novel, are no Lorelai and Rory Gil.Embarking on a bus tour of various colleges on the East Coast, Jessica and sixteen year old Emily have a difference of opinion regarding what they hope to individually accomplish on the trip.Jessica views the college tour as a growth opportunity for her relationship with Emily She and Emily are not close, and they repeatedly misinterpret the other s words and actions They argue often and seem to relentlessly be at odds At this point, Jessica is uncertain as to whether Emily likes her, much less loves her, and she is desperately praying that the trip will bridge the ever widening gap between the two of them Bonus, too, if Emily figures out which college she would like to attend and what she would like to do with her life.Emily, on the other hand, is hoping the college tour will provide her with a glimpse of her future and rapidly approaching newfound freedom away from her mom Emily isn t even positive she wants to go to college, and she is crossing her fingers that perhaps the trip will shed some light on the subject either way It also wouldn t be a bad thing if she makes some new friendsor, you know, meets a cute boy.Shenanigans ensue Secrets are exposed Personal revelations are manifested And Jessica and Emily s relationship is forever changed, in ways both wonderful and unexpected.So, I have yet to read Waxman s popular novel, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill But I ve seen many rave reviews for it, and I ve always felt confident that it would be to my liking Therefore, I am a bit stunned to discover that I Was Told It Would Get Easier is just, sort of, blah It s kind of bland it s very vanilla As a novel, it doesn t really do much of anything or offer much to the reader in terms of interest and excitement.The one thing the novel does do, and does moderately well, is quick, witty dialogue Hence, my Gil Girls reference Waxman admirably attempts to replicate the Lorelai and Rory relationship dynamic, by way of Jessica and Emily s verbal sparring, and the narrative overflows with a similar brand of dry humor to that found in the TV show Sometimes it works the book has quite a few charming, fun, banter filled moments But other times it feels forced, almost as if Waxman s true intent is to instead write another episode of Gil Girls, rather than a fresh and original novel And she even unwittingly reinforces this point by blatantly name dropping both Stars Hollow and Gil Girls a handful of times throughout the story Waxman unspools the narrative by switching back and forth between the viewpoints of Jessica and Emily, which works effectively Both mother and daughter are likable and developed well, but unfortunately, there are occasions where their individual voices lack distinction Numerous times, I found myself flipping back a few pages to remind myself of whose point of view was currently in front of my eyes My mind also wandered A LOT while reading Sadly, the story is just not very compelling, and Waxman s writing is noticeably simple and of a plain style Absent from the narrative is the requisite depth to create full investment in the characters and story line.Still, I Was Told It Would Get Easier is, I suppose, enjoyable enough It s a light, quick read that doesn t require much effort and thought And that s not necessarily a negative, is it Three stars, it is But I m definitely not jumping to recommend it I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Edelweiss and Berkley in exchange for an honest review All opinions included herein are my own. The Beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from youB.B KingKids, inevitably they grow up But before they do, they leave that cute cuddly phase and enter the eye rolling, talking back, pushing the limits phase which occurs right before flexing their wings and leaving home In this book, successful attorney and single mother, Jessica is looking forward to the college tour she and her daughter are about to embark on She hopes that they will do some bonding, spenThe Beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from youB.B KingKids, inevitably they grow up But before they do, they leave that cute cuddly phase and enter the eye rolling, talking back, pushing the limits phase which occurs right before flexing their wings and leaving home In this book, successful attorney and single mother, Jessica is looking forward to the college tour she and her daughter are about to embark on She hopes that they will do some bonding, spend special moments together while her daughter decides where she wants to go to college For Emily, the college tour is about deciding where she wants to go to college while insert eye roll she has to spend time with her Mother who is a successful attorney who is glued to her phone and seems to havetime for the woman she mentors than for her own child.Once the college tour begins, they are thrown in with strangers and a familiar mother daughter duo who neither Jessica or Emily or too thrilled to see But one of them has a secret and while visiting colleges, getting into tiffs, some Kvetching, and eye rolling, the two manage to visit family, get work done, make new friends, and in the end learns some truths about each other.Abbi Waxman blew me away with The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and I went into this book with very high hopes Perhaps my hopes were a tad too high This book was just missing that little bit of something which would have made the bookenjoyable for me Nevertheless, I enjoyed how she portrayed Jessica and Emily s relationship Both had her own issues going into the college tour I enjoyed their back and forth and reading each s thoughts about their interactions and motivations Their relationship felt realistic and believable.I found this to be an enjoyable light read Well written, nicely paced and realistic I received a copy of this book from Berkley Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for the free copy in exchange for an honest review Review to come this title is literally such a mood Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for the free copy in exchange for an honest review Review to come this title is literally such a mood Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 3.5 Truly a case of It s me and not you Lawyer and Single Mom Jessica, and her 16 year old daughter Emily are about to spend a week together, touring potential colleges Emily doesn t want to go college, but she hasn t told her Mother yet She does however, want to get away from her school and a sticky situation so she figures a week away might be good..This was a VERY dialogue driven story, told from the alternating perspectives of Jessica and Emily Mother and daughter both have a witty s 3.5 Truly a case of It s me and not you Lawyer and Single Mom Jessica, and her 16 year old daughter Emily are about to spend a week together, touring potential colleges Emily doesn t want to go college, but she hasn t told her Mother yet She does however, want to get away from her school and a sticky situation so she figures a week away might be good..This was a VERY dialogue driven story, told from the alternating perspectives of Jessica and Emily Mother and daughter both have a witty sense of humor and to the author s credit, when I was reading Emily s chapters they had a YA feel to them, so each character definitely had a distinctive voice But, where I could totally connect with The Bookish Life of Nina Hill , this just wasn t a story that I could relate to personally, despite the talented writing I do think that Mothers and Daughters, especially those who have spent time touring schools together, will definitely find thissatisfying than I did Thanks to the Publisher for providing a digital ARC through Edelweiss, exchange for a candid review Expected publication date is June 16, 2020 Jessica Burnstein is a single mum to Emily and a very successful attorney in Los Angeles Emily is 16, considering her future, is not enamoured of school or the idea of college though she is hardworking The two go on an organised college tour of prestigious east coast colleges with other aspiring parents The story is told in alternating perspectives by Jessica and Emily This is an enjoyable read with some smart, funny dialogue with plenty of irony Jessica is a principled high achiever and is Jessica Burnstein is a single mum to Emily and a very successful attorney in Los Angeles Emily is 16, considering her future, is not enamoured of school or the idea of college though she is hardworking The two go on an organised college tour of prestigious east coast colleges with other aspiring parents The story is told in alternating perspectives by Jessica and Emily This is an enjoyable read with some smart, funny dialogue with plenty of irony Jessica is a principled high achiever and is very prepared to stand up for herself, her daughter and those she mentors at work Like most parents, Jessica beats herself up but she really does the best she can for Emily The depiction of the pendulum of a mother daughter relationship is captured really well the unpredictability, the ability to half say, not say, the treading on eggshells and so on At least Emily didn t communicate in grunts I love reading Emily s thoughts , she s a really good character possessing an excellent moral compass and honesty, she s wise, true to herself and knows what she really wants I like how the time spent on the tour allows them to properly see each other and to remake a connection I enjoy the alternating points of view and it s interesting that their thoughts alignthan oppose What can I say about the tour I think I d rather stick pins in my eyes that be stuck with some of those parents One of the best moments is when Cassidy the tour guide rips into some of them at the end of the book to a round of applause from me We have snobbery to the nth degree, we must get the right school, the prefect scores and so on No wonder teens are stressed with all that uber competitiveness and pressure from parents It also made me think about how much harder it is to be a teenager than in my day as apart from anything else we didn t have social media scrutinising and judging our very move Overall, a really entertaining book with moments of humour some of which made me laugh out loud, there s empathy with the difficulties of being both a parent and a teen and with ideas to reflect and ponder on With thanks to NetGalley and Headline for the ARC After having loved quirky Nina Hill and her bookish life, I could not wait to see what Abbi Waxman brought us next in I Was Told It Would Get Easier.Emily has her sights set on college when she and her mother, Jessica, schedule a big college tour all over the east coast.Jessica is excited about the tour with her daughter, thinking they ll have time to bond and reconnect before Emily leaves the nest They have grown apart as often happens with teen daughters friends becomingimportant Jess After having loved quirky Nina Hill and her bookish life, I could not wait to see what Abbi Waxman brought us next in I Was Told It Would Get Easier.Emily has her sights set on college when she and her mother, Jessica, schedule a big college tour all over the east coast.Jessica is excited about the tour with her daughter, thinking they ll have time to bond and reconnect before Emily leaves the nest They have grown apart as often happens with teen daughters friends becomingimportant Jessica turns inward, though She s unhappy with herself and doesn t blame her daughter for not liking her much.Emily has her own share of personal struggles She feels like no one at school likes her, and she wonders if college will beof the same.I enjoyed this glimpse into mother daughter relationships Jessica and Emily insightful, and they share their innermost thoughts with the reader I found the tour set up entertaining, where they see different relatives and friends along the way, and Jessica s wittiness kept me smiling.Overall, I Was Told It Would Get Easier was a thoughtful, clever, feel good read, and I m ready to see what Waxman brings us next I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader 3.5 stars A mother daughter college tour that tests their relationship in hilarious ways with a few surprises along the way Humor Characters 1 2POV transitions Jessica Burnstein doesn t know how to talk to her daughter any She barely understands her, she s not sure how to help her understand that all she wants is for Emily to be happy, and she sure as heck isn t sure how to fix where they are now Emily Burnstein doesn t know how to talk to her mother any She doesn t unde 3.5 stars A mother daughter college tour that tests their relationship in hilarious ways with a few surprises along the way Humor Characters 1 2POV transitions Jessica Burnstein doesn t know how to talk to her daughter any She barely understands her, she s not sure how to help her understand that all she wants is for Emily to be happy, and she sure as heck isn t sure how to fix where they are now Emily Burnstein doesn t know how to talk to her mother any She doesn t understand why her mother barely talks to her, she s sick of coming in last in her mom s priorities, and she resents the pressure to be perfect This mother daughter duo is about to be tested in ways that they never expected it s time for a college tour road trip Jessica and Emily are signed up for an exclusive, only for the best college bound students tour package with students withextracurriculars and special skills than empathy, and parents that make the term Helicopter Parent seem too kind Will they bend and break, or will this tour finally get them to let their guards downWhat I liked The selling point of this novel, for me, was its humor This is a funny novel, no doubt about it If you need a conversational pick me up or a distracting afternoon, this is the perfect pick I loved the antics, the humor, and the utter relatability of family dynamics gone sour What I didn t like I really had a hard time with the choppy POV transitions It was nice to have both Jessica s and Emily s POVs, but it was not chapter to chapter it was almost page to page in some spots It was too much for me I d barely get my grip on one scene and then have it flipped for me as we switched perspectives It was a bit like generational whiplash, as these rapid fire transitions were meant to give us a window into the daughter s AND mother s point of view as close to the event as possible Thank you to Berkley for a giveaway ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • I Was Told It Would Get Easier
  • Abbi Waxman
  • 09 March 2018
  • 0451491890