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The Gap Year (edition 2011)

by Sarah Bird

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Title:The Gap Year
Authors:Sarah Bird
Info:Knopf (2011), Hardcover, 320 pages
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I hesitated between giving this book 2 stars or 3 stars. I would like to give it 2.5 stars. The plot revolves around a single mom who moved to the suburbs, despite her distaste for the conformity of the suburbs, to make sure her daughter got the best education and childhood experience possible. Now it is time for her daughter to be going off to college but over the past year her daughter has been derisively moving away from her and resisting her efforts to get her to college and away from what the mother thinks is the stifling life of the suburbs and her daughter's jock boyfriend. It was a good premise and showed how the best of intentions by parents often backfire in unexpected ways. However, it was marred by attempts at humor that weren't funny and characters that at times seemed too over the top. It moved along quickly though and kept me interested. ( )
  castironskillet | Aug 13, 2013 |
I made some assumptions on this book based on its title before reading it. I was expecting a book about a gap year. I knew it was a mother/daughter novel but I really thought it would be about some kind of traditional year off between highschool and college. It really wasn't that. I think the title gap year was really forced into the novel and for me it didn't make a whole lot of sense given the story and at what point it was told and where it ended up.

Okay. So basically I thought it was pretty engaging. I think the writer has solid storytelling abilities. I didn't mind the more "out there" storyline of the father and his cult. I thought Aubrey's voice sounded reasonably authentic. I liked that I couldn't really figure out where her story was heading.

I had a much harder time with Cam's - the Mother - story. I found her interactions with the daughter unreasonably shrill and lacking in diplomacy. I know she was supposed to be desperate - but it made it hard to feel sympathy for her.

It was also hard for me to read something that was so full of subtle condemnation for people who are unable to breastfeed. I felt like there were little crumbs sprinkled in meant to lighten the blows but basically the message was that if you failed at breastfeeding you didn't try hard enough. This is an incredibly hurtful sentiment for a lot of women. Because this is such a hurtful and divisive issue - I seriously probably wouldn't have read this book if I knew that was an underlying theme. ( )
  alanna1122 | Jun 1, 2013 |
What I liked: Each chapter alternated perspectives between the mother and the daughter. They started out a year apart, which made the story more intriguing.

What I didn't like: The characters were a little flat. Even though it was written from their viewpoint, I still felt like I was reading about them.

Conclusion: I couldn't get completely "into" it, but the plot was original enough that I had to keep reading to see what happened. ( )
  heike6 | May 2, 2013 |
Dreams. Growing up. Relationships. Food Trucks. Cults. Secrets. Lactation Coaches. Decision-making.

I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this tale of a mother-daughter relationship, told from both point-of-views. Told in a non-linear fashion, you learn about a mother and daughter trying to deal with their relationship, as well as forming new ones with others. Really well done as even with tension between the characters you really felt for both Aubrey and Cam, no matter what they were doing to each other and how they felt about the conflict. You didn't really side with either, yet you empathized completely with where they were coming from.

At one point, it made me never want to have children due to the conflict, yet by the end it portrayed the good and bad in a balanced manner, making me re-think that. ( )
  cantinera | Mar 30, 2013 |
Book had an irresistible description to me, as a mom of 2 daughters ("oh please please don't let some dumb boy ruin my baby's future" is a thought that runs through my head frequently). It was a good book but the last third of it dragged. ( )
  Milda-TX | Dec 23, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307592790, Hardcover)

From the widely praised author of The Yokota Officers Club and The Flamenco Academy, a novel as hilarious as it is heartbreaking about a single mom and her seventeen-year-old daughter learning how to let go in that precarious moment before college empties the nest.

In The Gap Year, told with perfect pitch from both points of view, we meet Cam Lightsey, lactation consultant extraordinaire, a divorcée still secretly carrying a torch for the ex who dumped her, a suburban misfit who’s given up her rebel dreams so her only child can get a good education.

We also learn the secrets of Aubrey Lightsey, tired of being the dutiful, grade-grubbing band geek, ready to explode from wanting her “real” life to begin, trying to figure out love with boys weaned on Internet porn.

When Aubrey meets Tyler Moldenhauer, football idol–sex god with a dangerous past, the fuse is lit. Late-bloomer Aubrey metastasizes into Cam’s worst silent, sullen teen nightmare, a girl with zero interest in college. Worse, on the sly Aubrey’s in touch with her father, who left when she was two to join a celebrity-ridden nutball cult.

As the novel unfolds—with humor, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and penetrating insights about love in the twenty-first century—the dreams of daughter, mother, and father chart an inevitable, but perhaps not fatal, collision . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:53 -0400)

A single mom and her seventeen-year-old daughter learn how to let go in that precarious moment before college empties the nest.

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