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Published by Penguin on February 2, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Humorous, Contemporary Women, General
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When their mother dies, sisters Jules, Brooke, and Lexi breathe a collective sigh of relief. Their days of being hurt and controlled by Juliana Alexander are over. It turns out, Juliana isn’t about to let a little detail like death stop her. The three estranged sisters—one control freak, one peacekeeper and one red hot mess—are shocked to discover that their mother was hiding a massive fortune, one that promises to completely transform all of their lives. But in classic Juliana fashion, there’s a catch. Three of them, to be exact. Now Jules, Brooke, and Lexi find themselves forced to rely on one another in order to become the women their mother wanted them to be. With millions of dollars on the line and as many obstacles in the way, the sisters embark on a hilarious journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and the real meaning of wealth.
Three sisters who have been controlled by their mother for as long as they can remember, finally feel free when she dies. Jules, Brooke, and Lexi have dealt with their mother being hash and, at times even cruel, for the majority of their lives. None of them reached the potential she excepted of them, and so even as adults they do not feel relief from her scrutiny. When she passes, they figure that they finally are able to live their lives the way they want. Until the reading of the will. A fortune is theirs for the taking as long as they live the next year under the last of their mother’s rules.
Jenna McCarthy crafted a cute tale of a sisterly bond overcoming harsh odds. The writing flowed well and the pacing was structured well. The world was fairly well crafted, not super vivid, but very understandable. The characters were well plotted out, but were not super sharp. At times I was unsure of the sisters motivations and thought processes. The plot was entertaining, but not amazing. I knew what the outcome would be pretty early on, but that did not ruin the read.
Everything’s Relative was a cute and fun read. It was not deep or insightful, but not every book needs to be. McCarthy has a sharp wit and at times Everything’s Relative was laugh out loud funny. The ending was expected, and I almost wish it had gone the other possible direction, as that would have been a nice change. This was a nice entry into the chick-lit genre; a sister story with heart. A nice change of pace book from the thrillers I have been reading lately, Everything’s Relative worked well as a nice palette cleanser.
Favorite lines – As she lost herself in her writing, she realized that she didn’t yearn for her dead mother because she didn’t have to. She’d already done that, twenty years earlier, when her father died and she effectively lost them both. She was free now to mourn not what could have been but what never was, and the relief from understanding that distinction was indescribable.
Biggest cliché – “I’m your mother, I know what is best for you.”
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge