Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

7227174When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife-her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve-a husband, a young son, the perfect home-and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be. – Goodreads

Okay, I actually read this a few weeks ago…but the whole house thing hit and I never wrote my review.

Also, Kiesha and I talked today…this summer is nuts. We will probably take a break for July (except for my Netgalley and Blogging for Books reviews…so really, posting will just be very spotty).

Anyway, to the review.

I’m a big Weiner (heh) fan. Loved her Carrie Shapiro series, and several others. This one…this one was…very boring to me. I had a hard time reading it and found it very slow (Kiesha informed me I’m crazy because she loved this book—to each’s own!)

It follows three storylines: Sylvie (the mom), Lizzie (the delinquent daughter who has turned herself around) and Diana (the other daughter….the perfect one).

I couldn’t really identify with any of the characters. There was lots of cheating involved and lots of terrible decisions (ie, not wearing a condom…it was just one time!)

Some characters were more complex than others. Sylvie definitely fell flat, but Diana and Lizzie were intriguing. As always, Weiner’s writing was good. Again…I just wasn’t feeling it.

If you’re looking for romantic chick lit, this is not it. If you’re looking for an emotional story about family of the female variety, this is your ticket. I think those who liked In Her Shoes would like this one. However, it didn’t do it for me. I rated it a 2/5.

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