Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman

Other People's Houses

Abbi Waxman

The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

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"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

Named A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle online, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!

One of Popsugar's "10 Books Your Favorite Celebrities Are Reading This Spring"

The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...

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As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this...

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.

Advance Galley Reviews

I liked the premise of Other People's Houses. We truly do not know what happens behind someone else's closed door. That premise could have led to deeper questions about the strength of a marriage and the building and destroying of trust in a relationship. Unfortunately, for me, it does not. The off putting opening scene, the gratuitous cursing, and the large cast of characters and issues incorporated make this not the book for me. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/06/other-peoples-houses.html Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

As always with this authors books, I found myself doing a lot of giggling through this one. I love the humor but there was also some very thoughtful moments as well. This was such a good read and I highly recommend it.

I loved this book. An excellent novel depicting the intertwining lives of four families in the neighborhood. Written well, with lots of humor. Several instances where the mundane was portrayed in an interesting, relatable way. I didn't want to put it down! 5/5 stars.

Honestly, I couldn't get through this book. I absolutely adored "Garden of Small Beginnings" by the author, so I was greatly disappointed in this. The characters were largely unlikable and the story moved far too slow to stick with the book. 1 out of 5 stars.

This novel was about four families on the same block in a suburb of LA. Following each of the adults and all the children, the book looks at what goes on beyond closed doors and what we present to the public. While I enjoyed Abbi Waxman's writing style, the story never took off for me. I continually felt that I was waiting for something to happen. When the stories did finally converge, I was troubled at the tone the book took - seemingly using a woman's infidelity as the cause of the downfall of a neighborhood.

Love suburbia dramas? Still missing Desperate Housewives? Well, look no further because Abbi Waxman's Other People's Houses may be your newest addiction! Other People's Houses dives into the lives of four different families in a cookie-cutter Los Angeles neighborhood. First up, there's the Bloom family: Michael, Frances and their three children. Michael and Frances have been together for years, and while they still love each other deeply, they're running out of things to talk about and losing the romantic steam that defined the beginning of their relationship. Is Frances worried? Slightly, but she's too overwhelmed with her neighborhood carpool, connecting with her teen daughter, and getting through the day in one piece to stew too much about it. Next up, there's the the Porter family: Anne, Charlie, and their two kids. On the outside, Anne and Charlie have the picture-perfect family. Charlie is a well respected lawyer, Anne is known for model-like looks, and their kids are pretty darn cute. Below the surface, however, Anne is struggling. She's bored and burned out. To deal with it, she turns to an affair to bring some fun into her life. The only problem? Everyone's about to find out about it. Then there's the Horton Family: Bill, Julie, and their one kid. They're the most aloof, mysterious family on the block. Julie's been missing for months; however, no one knows where she went. Last but not least the Carter-Gillespie family: Iris, Sara, and their one kid. Iris and Sara are probably one of the most happy-go lucky couples on the block, but just like with everyone family, Iris is hiding something major from her wife: she wants another kid, desperately. I'll be honest: the characters in Other People's Houses aren't the most likable. For the majority of the book, I couldn't stand Frances. I believed that she judged too harshly and meddled way too much, especially when it came to her neighbors's lives. However, no matter how much I disliked her choices, I still found her story to be compelling and addicting. It was drama-ladden, a trait I love in my spring/summer reads, as well as laugh-out loud funny. There were so many scenes that had me in stitches (especially the one at the soccer game). The other characters have their bad traits and good traits as well, and while I didn't like them any better than Frances, I found their stories to have the same readable quality to them. In a way I liked that the characters were unlikable, because it's what made them so realistic. Any of the women and men are ones that you may run into in your own neighborhood. They may even be similar to your own family. They were far from perfect, but at the end of the day, they were just trying their best to survive and I could respect that completely. Other People's Houses starts off with a jaw-dropping moment: Frances walking in on Anne and her significantly younger boyfriend. Frances is shocked, Anne is angry, and the boyfriend is just hoping this doesn't mean the end for him and Anne. This is the moment that drives everything forward, and be prepared, because it's a wild ride. Abbi addresses so many everyday problems and situations within this book. There's the cheating storyline of course; but there's also story lines involving wanting another child, finding romance again in a long term relationship, being a "good" parent, learning to love your body post-baby, career changes, dealing with events that may change your whole family...In a way, all of the topics are incredibly mundane (they most likely make up the gossip for your own street); however, I think the mundane feel is what makes this book so compelling. It's nice to see people dealing with similar problems, for instance, and what I loved the most is that Abbi even had the characters experience growth. I was happy at where they I left them, and while I still had a 1,000,000 questions, I was okay with making my own guesses as to what happened next. The only real problem I had with Other People's Houses was the alternating perspectives. It took a while to get used to, but I think that was mainly because there were so many families to remember. Thank goodness for the list in the beginning! That was a life savor. Overall, Other People's Houses is a deliciously dramatic and hilarious read form start to finish. I think this would make for a perfect beach read!

3 stars After a series of heavy reads, emotional reads, ones that tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry, I was desperately in need of a lighter read to help boost my spirits. I had Abbi Waxman’s Other People’s Houses on my list of “ARCs past publication date that I need to get to” and since I knew this author to be a humorous writer, I decided to move this book up the list. It turns out I made the right choice, as this was a fun read, one that was filled with snarky humor and realistic characters who dealt with everyday issues that most of us could relate to. The central character in the story is Frances Bloom, a middle-aged mother of three who enjoys helping others despite the overload of responsibilities she already has on her plate with running her own household as well as being the carpool mom for her neighbors’ kids. After Frances accidentally walks in on Anne Porter – the mother of two of the kids she carpools to school – having an affair with a man that wasn’t Anne’s husband, she finds herself reluctantly pulled into the fray when, a couple days later, the secret is revealed in the worst way possible. Meanwhile, the other carpool families also have secrets of their own that they are more than willing to push to the back burner for the time being while they navigate the trials and tribulations of family life and raising kids. Anne’s affair ends up impacting all these families in ways they never imagined and eventually causes them to re-examine their own lives and marriages. While I did enjoy this book quite a bit overall and found the characters easy to relate to, I was not able to connect a whole lot to the story on a personal level as I initially thought I would, probably because I’ve read too many books with similar setup recently (families with kids all living in the same neighborhood dealing with every day issues of school, running the household, etc. whose lives are suddenly upended when an unexpected event occurs). In fact, this particular story reminded me of Sally Hepworth’s The Family Next Door, except that this one was much lighter in tone and way more humorous, not to mention much more irreverent with its fair share of swearing and sex-related references. With that said though, I actually enjoyed these characters far more and felt that the interactions between the couples in this one were more realistically portrayed and in line with what many of us would see in our neighborhoods. The couple I actually enjoyed reading about most were Frances and Michael, as the hilarious way they would often banter back and forth while they tried to navigate the joys and frustrations of life with 3 kids reminded me of couples I know in real life. Overall, this was an entertaining read and one that I felt was much needed during this particular “down” phase that I’ve been going through. Though there were some serious issues that did get brought up in the story, those were dealt with appropriately without being heavy-handed and the light tone was maintained throughout, which is credit to the author Abbi Waxman’s story-telling skill. This one is definitely recommended, though with the caveat that this might not appeal to all audiences due to the abundance of “colorful language” (which, in my opinion, was more than expected but certainly not excessive). Received ARC from Berkley via Edelweiss and Penguin First to Read program.

What a wonderful book! After a series of thrillers this book was a great departure. It examines what happens in a close, small community when one of the members catches another in an unfortunate act. Francis is delightful and the book is full of a variety of characters with different thoughts, feelings, and insights into the lives of those that live around us.

LOVED this book! The depth of characterization was impressive, and it was hysterically funny. I will definitely seek out more from this author.

While it took me a while to really get into the story, I thoroughly enjoyed it once I did. I think Waxman provided good characterizations for all the neighbors without going too far into stereotypes, and their personalities were pretty realistic. I did feel like certain aspects of "domestic life" with the children became slightly repetitive, but not enough to turn me off of the book. I think any reader with children will be able to relate or even find themselves within some of the characters. Overall, recommend.

3.5 stars. I loved Abbi Waxman's first book The Garden of Small Beginnings and while this was good it just didn't have the same pull for me. The characters just weren't as engaging or developed. I felt like there was almost too much going on - you didn't even find out what was going on with Bill's wife, Julie until the book was almost over, Iris and Sara seemed to disappear for a good third of the book and then their story was wrapped up a little too easily and the issues Frances was having with Ava were just glossed over. I liked Frances and definitely related to her life but found it unbelievable that she didn't know things like most 8th or 9th graders would have a phone or that Ava dropped out of all her activities and didn't know anything about Ava's social life. But overall I enjoyed it - it was an easy, relatable read that had some funny parts as well.

This book reminds me of a more realistic Desperate Housewives. It's not as outrageous, but there is definitely drama with these cast of characters. This was a funny, fast-paced read and I enjoyed it.

Other People's Houses gives us a look at a neighborhood where people sort of know each other and sort of know what is going on in those other people's lives. But as we get a glimpse of the insides of those other people's houses, we see that things are not what they seem to be or what we thought they were. The story is mainly about the people who live in four houses, the adults as well as all of the children. At first, it seemed like a lot of characters to keep straight, but I quickly got to know them and I soon felt like I was just another neighbor on that street, finding out their secrets and lies. This was a fascinating, sometimes hilarious, look at friends and acquaintances and what is perceived to be going on within the four walls of their houses. And how far can friends go before that friendship breaks? I thoroughly enjoyed Other People's Houses and would recommend it to those who like taking a look at the complexity of relationships or just want a fun book to get lost in.

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman really made you feel like you were apart of the neighborhood she created in this book. Throughout the book I would find myself wanting to visit their neighborhood. In this book it goes to show that close knit communities are there for each other to help out in good times and in bad, but it also made me see that you may think you know what is going on in someone's life but you really don't. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. I can't wait to read more by Abbi Waxman.

From the minute I picked up this book, I found myself immersed in the characters and the world that is this neighborhood and these people. Frances Bloom's life is typical of so many mothers today and Abbi Waxman does a fabulous job of portraying that life. I laughed out loud so many times and said over and over - "Oh my gosh, yes! That's totally how it happens, that's totally what happened to me." Frances is the stay at home mom on the street that takes care of everyone. She drives everyone's kids to school, volunteers with the PTA, listens to everyone's problems yet still kicks ass. After walking in on her friend Anne in a difficult situation, the neighborhood drama begins to unfold and you see inside other people's houses. Loved the book! Quick and funny read. Highly recommend!

Remember Desperate Housewives? Well, this is an enlightened, kinder, gentler, version. It is the view of a neighborhood probably somewhat similar to most suburban neighborhoods: you aren't really close friends with your neighbors but your lives overlap, favors are done, kids mingle, etc. That is the neighborhood that Frances lives in. That is the neighborhood that is thrown for a loop when an affair is discovered. Everyone is impacted by the dissolution of the family through intertwined relationships and proximity. The story is mainly told through 3 points of view: all women/wives/mothers on the street providing some nice diversity. This would make a wonderful beach, vacation, or lazy weekend read.

This was a very enjoyable read. The characters are incredibly multidimensional and I grew to care about each of them. The story was so true to life and I could see little bits of my every day shownup as I continued the story. It was one of those books that I couldn’t wait to sit down and read, but also didn’t want to be over. I would definitely recommend this to any mother out there, no matter the stage of motherhood they are in

Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Books for the opportunity to read the galley. This was a fun, funny and fast read. We could classify it as chick lit, but some of the material included make this book so much more. The book follows four households brought together mainly by a school carpool, although Frances and Iris are cousins. Funny, wise, kind and helpful Frances is someone we aspire to be. Isn’t she? And Charlie is an amazing husband so why did Anne do what she did? Hmm. I kind of see it. Richard is a tool and too easily wrapped up. Iris and Sarah are married and raising a child. That said, why does the author feel the need to keep spelling it out for the reader while the other couples are introduced as such and their given names used? That said, I enjoyed the book tremendously and wish the author success in selling it.

I had an issue downloading this book. The file I had froze after the first few pages. Looked like a fun read though!

Francis cracked me up! I felt like I was in her shoes. Her witty sarcasm is alot like mine. She definitely takes on more than I could handle. The neighborhood dynamic is completely believable. I would recommend this book to anyone 'in the trenches' of raising children and dealing with every day life. It will keep you laughing. Thanks First to Read for my copy!

I absolutely loved this book! It has been a while since I have read a book that transforms me into another world - one different than my own, but so very similar! Abbi writes her books like I am having coffee with a friend and listening to the gossip of the town. I felt welcomed into her fictional world, and in the end I didn’t want to leave! This would make a great book for my book club ::hint, hint:: because we would have endless things to discuss!

Sadly I didn't have time to finish reading this book. Only got thru the first couple of chapters and from what I read it wasn't a bad book

I received an ARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. I hadn't heard of Abbi Waxman before, but I definitely plan on looking up her other books after reading "Other People's Houses." To start, I loved the little drawing of the neighborhood labeling where everyone's houses were. I thought it was cute. The story grabbed my attention from the very first chapter which starts with a normal day of a carpool dropping the kids off at school and ends with a surprise. I like the witty writing style that made it easy to finish chapters quickly. It was neat looking into the lives of a normal neighborhood.

Hello, I was really happy to get this book, it seems so good. But I was sure it will be possible to read on my kindle paperwhite (didn't read the note before asking for it)... Since it's impossible for me to read on my computer or ipad for long as it hurt my eyes... I didn't read it, and of course I won't post a review on my blog. Sorry. Elodie Montagne

This was the first book I read by this author, but will definitely not be the last. I fell in love with Frances and her relationship with her husband. It was extremely believable that people are so involved with wanting to know what is going on in someone else's house. I have not laughed like this in a long time. I will be recommending this to my friends, family, and complete strangers.

Abbi Waxman caught my attention with The Garden of Small Beginnings, but Other People’s Houses didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. The writing is full of smart wit and relatable characters, but I struggled to get into this book because of the many POV. The multiple POV were meant to show you that you never quite know what is going on in other people’s houses, but it sometimes dragged the story. The thing I absolutely loved about this book was the kids. They were adorable and made the story entertaining. I especially love Lally and will always remember her reaction to her dad telling her she could be anything she wanted when she grows up. Overall this is an enjoyable, humorous book that shows what it’s like to raise small children within a close neighborhood.

What I love about Abbi Waxman is she rights about what life is really like and with such a great sense of humor. This book told it like it really is for many families and moms. It also reminds us that we never know what goes on behind closed doors of any house, but we are all more than willing to make the story up. This book does not disappoint in making you both laugh and cry. I highly recommend.

Unfortunately, this book never downloaded correctly so I was unable to read it.

Thank you for the advance read copy! I enjoyed the book... comical and relatable.

All sorts of family dynamics in this book! You get to know a little bit about the four families and their intersections in one another's life. An interesting read. Thanks for the opportunity to review this book.

Abbi Waxman perfectly captures the ins and outs of everyday life in this novel that focuses on the lives of four families that live on the same street. Dealing with issues as diverse as adultery, illness, the pressures of family, children, fertility (and infertility), teenagers etc, the book chronicles a few life-changing events, and how they affect the community as a whole. At the center of it all is Frances, car-pool queen and confidant of all. I really liked the book; the slice-of-life look it offers is charming and very readable. Readers of Waxman's previous book, The Garden of Small Beginnings, will see favorite characters appear again; the protagonist of this book lives in the same neighborhood.

Oooh, what fun this was! I just love a story full of snarky wit and secrets, and Other People's Houses delivered on both with a level of precision and skill that has skyrocketed Abbi Waxman to one of my new favorites... As a parent, I enjoy reading stories about families and the interplay between adults and children - and I particularly enjoy it when the descriptions of the frustrations and irritations and little daily banalities (as opposed to only the joys and triumphs) are presented in such a spot-on and hilarious fashion. There's drama here, and sadness - but there's also a feeling of optimistic levity that pervades even the darkest moments, and I think that's a testament to the utterly realistic picture that Waxman has managed to paint about what it means to be in and of a family. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read with twists I didn't see coming, one-liners that made me laugh out loud, and brilliant encapsulations of the difficult joy of being a parent, spouse, and friend...

This was a fun and entertaining story. It was an interesting tale of parenting and relationships focused on four families in the neighborhood. It had some funny as well as heartwarming moments. I quite enjoyed this book.

Pleasant and enjoyable, but overall a jumbled mess of ideas rather than a cohesive story. Waxman's lovely first book, The Garden of Small Beginnings, set the bar high with its effortless mix of drama and wit. This book in comparison doesn't quite measure up: there's little in the way of a plot, lots of mundane details scattered about, and far too many points of view included. However, Waxman's writing style is breezy and smart, and her main characters are well-drawn as well as relatable. I'll willingly read what she writes next, yet not go in with such elevated expectations.

The novel focuses on four families in a neighborhood. Frances is the main voice but the storyline has multiple points of views and plots. Frances does the carpool for the families, dropping the children off at several schools; she is the type of person who likes to be constantly involved and helping even when it’s often not wanted. In the beginning of the novel, one of the children forgot a school project. When Frances returns to the child’s home, she finds the door unlocked and goes in planning to just see if the project is inside the doorway; however, she sees more than bargained when she sees the mother, Anne, in a very compromising position with a man not her husband. This begins the neighborhood drama as secrets unfold, gossip abounds, and marriages are tested. The book is funny, quirky and sometimes sad. The domestic scenes are often very honest. The characters are well-developed. The story kept me reading to find out what, often irreverent but always interesting, scene would be next.

Amusing and fun book. I really enjoyed this for what it was. An realistic and humorous story about parenting, friendship and marriage today. Good beach read.

When your neighborhood is filled with family members, kids, kids' friends and casual acquaintances, the everyday ordinary can sometimes rise to the level of high-quality gossip. That's what it's like for Frances and her family living in their neighborhood. Though Frances is just trying to get through life the best she can and raise her children, it's all of the people around her that both entertain and frustrate this stay at home mom. While the book didn't have one major plotline for Frances to participate in, Frances seemed to be the reader's eyes into everyone else's problems. She also ends up helping with or providing solutions to these neighborhood uproars, simply because she's the designated school carpool. It's fun to read, even though it feels like your dropping into someone else's trunk of gossip. It's humorous and treats the life of a parent with young children as anything but glamourous, very true to life.

This book was an entertaining look at four neighborhood families and their lives. The story flew by and I felt myself engrossed in wanting to know more about each family. Frances was the main focus as she was the one that drove the kids' carpool, but each family had their own sections that allowed you to see their motivations. There was enough humor, drama, and even a little suspense at the end to keep the story from feeling stagnant, but nothing outrageous that would have felt out of place in real life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good light read but also with some substance.

This book was hilarious! If you are a man or a woman, have kids, are married, divorced, work, or stay at home and want a book that will literally make you laugh out loud then grab this one.  There were so many funny lines that I shared with my husband that had us both laughing. It is also at the same time thought provoking and brutally honest about the many struggles of married couples trying to raise children in today's world.

A close-up look at neighborhood life from the vantage point of a stay-at-home mom who ends up handling all the carpooling and chores for her neighbors, even if they don’t have legitimate reasons for dumping their duties on her. This kind of book was very popular in the 1950s -60s (Cheaper By the Dozen was one) and this has updated really well. It has more 2018 adult-ish themes but the kids are still cute, the neighbors quirky and the plot entertaining.

I wanted to love this book, but because of the constant barrage of curse words, it was just too much for me. I am by no means a person who doesn't cuss, but like Frances, I am also a mother of a preschooler, and do my best to refrain from using them in every single conversation I have, especially when I know my child is around and very likely listening and going to parrot every single thing I say. It just wasn't necessary and detracted from what would have otherwise been a great book. I did, however, really, really like this story. It reminds me of a neighborhood I used to live in, with cheating spouses and fights that were just awkward, not quite as funny, though, (my actual neighborhood, I mean). I love the redemptive ending and Waxman's ability to appreciate just how difficult parenting is even if you are "just a mom." Overall, a great book that is hilarious while dealing with fairly serious family and life issues; would recommend if the overuse of vulgar language does not bother you.

This was an aptly named and entertaining book. It was a bit like watching Desperate Housewives, all well-manicured lawns and fingernails trying to hide all of the drama. Not bad for a guilty pleasure chick-lit read, but it's a bit meandering at times and the dialogue really took me out of the book at times. Everyone has such witty banter together. Do entire neighborhoods of people really talk like this? The situations that the charscters found themselves in seemed entirely believable most of the time but the way they interacted with each other did not have the ring of truth. But, I've never been to Los Angeles, so maybe it's just something I haven't experienced. Who knows, it's a big world.

One of the first books I got from Penguin's First to Read program was Abbi Waxman's debut, "The Garden of New Beginnings," of which I was highly skeptical: the synopsis promised a "funny" story about a widow struggling in the aftermath of her husband's death, and I thought to myself, how on earth is a book about a struggling widow supposed to be funny? But it was. It was one of my favorite books from 2017, and I eagerly anticipated her follow-up. So I was very happy when I saw that her sophomore book was on offer, but I also worried that maybe it wouldn't live up to my impossibly high standards. I needn't have worried. Waxman's second book, which tells the stories of four neighborhood families, and the affair that throws them all for a loop, with such humor, irreverence, insight, and honesty, that I've realized this is quickly becoming Waxman's signature: She deftly approaches serious subjects like widowhood and adultery with such understanding---and just the right amount of snarky dark humor that I love---to turn out utterly compelling and rich stories about flawed, complex, relatable characters. Waxman's books are not plot-heavy but are character-driven, telling what could be rather ordinary stories in a way that's rather extraordinary. I eagerly await her third novel.

I REALLY want to read this book but firsttoread download froze at page 3. So disappointed! I will definitely be buying this book.

This book grabbed my interest from the beginning and the pages went quickly. I really enjoyed the humor the author found in the minutiae of everyday life. I didn't think all the vulgar language was really necessary to the story and found it somewhat distracting, and I got frustrated with some of the characters. Overall, though, this was a fun read.

I chose this book and initially because it is not a genre I read often. It became surprisingly addicting to find out how different families interacted in the neighborhood. What fascinated me most about the book was how one decision of one neighbor had massive ripple effects throughout the entire neighborhood, and the story does a great job of explaining the impact on each and every individual. It truly was similar to being invited into somebody's home and being a fly on the wall.

Book only went to page of cast of characters and no further.

What a great read with relatable characters and events that almost anyone with children has experienced! The story centers around one block of a neighborhood and the microcosm within it. Frances Bloom is the neighborhood caregiver, dogooder, and school car pool driver. She actually takes and picks up all the kids as she’s going and it is just easier! She seems like you would label her as a doormat but she is just a truly nurturing personality that loves to help people. When one of her little car poolers melts down because of forgotten toilet paper rolls, she turns around to retrieve them. Getting no response she goes to the door and opens it to retrieve them and finds Annie, the Mom in a compromising position with someone that is not her husband! This is the pivotal point of this story as it’s based around Annie’s infedelity. The entire neighborhood that is friendly with one another has varied reactions to this news, which traveled with warp speed! Distrust, taking sides, violence you name it bounces around from house to house with the children pinging between them. All of this is done with a fabulous story telling ability and wonderful, and sometimes biting humor. It takes a village is a common theme that’s shown here in its entirety! Don’t miss this !

I can't access my copy. I did a guaranteed request so I lost my points. Boo.

Loved The Garden of Small Beginnings. Ms Waxman has become one of my favorite authors. This book made me laugh out loud. I could see myself living in this neighborhood with these people. Waxman nails Ava, the 14 year old. She has a talent for writing believable and relatable characters. I love that she brought back Lili from the first book. I can’t wait for her next book.


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