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The Gap Year

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    readers will enjoy this cautionary family drama

    Lactation consultant single mother Cam Lightsey earns a living by assisting moms with their first days of motherhood. Cam feels strongly her relationship with her seventeen year old daughter Aubrey is rock solid. However, the first erosion to the rock occurs when clarinetist high school senior Aubrey quits the school's marching band to spend time with her hero quarterback Tyler Moldenhauer. Tyler rescued Aubrey when she struggled with heatstroke.

    Two days before Aubrey leaves for college, she vanishes. Frantic Cam panics over the safety of her offspring. She also faces the truth that her dreams for her daughter were her dreams. Unbeknownst to Cam, Aubrey, seeking freedom to be herself, has contacted her biological father who had joined a cult fifteen years ago.

    Rotating viewpoint between mother and daughter, The Gap Year is an insightful tale as mom thinks how perfect her relationship with her teenage daughter is while the offspring thinks how caged she is. Both characters are fully developed as the reader obtains how each perceives their relationship. With a nod to the muses of Kahill Gibran's The Prophet as the parent is the bow that must free the teenage child-arrow, readers will enjoy this cautionary family drama.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Buy a hardcopy so you can share it with the rest of your family.

    A great, contemporary story for moms whose daughters are in high school as well as for their daughters, because senior year is told from both points of view with a funny, cynical style. Everything rings so true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

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     I had a hard time getting through this book. It was well-writte

     I had a hard time getting through this book. It was well-written, but I think it hit too close to home for me in some aspects. I could really identify with Cam in the fact that she feels out of touch with her teenage daughter. She has the same concerns and worries that I think we all have for our kids. In those respects, this story made me uncomfortable--only because I am feeling many of the same emotions regarding my own daughter. It didn't help matters that the story's most significant events took place on my daughter's and my birthdays! (Bird dated the pages of the novel told on a sort of timeline with flashbacks.)




         I did enjoy that the story was told from both perspectives--Cam's (mom) and Aubrey (daughter). Readers will have some insight as the story progresses, but Bird doesn't give much away until the end. You will be in suspense until the last page! Bird also does a good job at tapping into all of our parenting insecurities. Poor Cam is constantly second guessing every decision she has every made and how they now affect her daughter's life. I could totally relate to Cam in that aspect too! I also appreciated Cam's sense of humor. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments to make up for the pages I struggled with! Good balance, Sarah Bird! 




         While I struggled with this book at times, I did enjoy it overall. I could relate to the characters and I think I can take a lot away from the story from Aubrey's perspective. I need to remember that teenager's point of view when dealing with my own daughter. I would definitely recommend this book--especially for  those of you who have been blessed with teenaged daughters! Happy reading! 
        
    Reviewed by Joelle for Cocktails and Books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Lacey's Home

    Lacey's Home. Soare bedroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Pretty good but coulf Liked it

    This was a pretty good book but it could have been better. The story was intriguing and I liked the format but it took too long to grip me and the voice of the daughter started to annoy me after a while. Then just as it got really interesting it ended somewhat abruptly.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Bird flies high with this one!

    Many books have been written about mother-daughter relationships but The Gap Year goes to the head of the class. Bird is very perceptive about the passages traveled as off-spring test their wings and she captures perfectly the feelings that emerge along the way before they fly the nest. Bird's wry sense of humor and sassy dialogue sets just the right tone as she segues between Cam, the mother, and Aubrey, the daughter. Martin, Cam's ex and Tyler, Aubrey's boyfriend, round out the cast of characters and the reader feels empathy for the love-hate relationships as they each explore and try to resolve multiple issues. And not to be forgotten is Dori, Cam's best friend, and Dori's daughter, Twyla, and what it takes to forgive. While this book is wildly entertaining, there are many important messages delivered. This is a winner! One of Bird's earlier novels, Yokota Officers Club is a favorite and one of the few books I've read more than once. The Gap Year falls in that category and I highly recommend it.

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