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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    An enjoyable read

    I ceetainly could relate, as will most women will to this story of three generations if women living togerher. The autor does an excellent job of writing in each person's voice and bringing it all together.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    What a juicy hormone packed book!

    My Take on the Book: What a juicy hormone packed book! Put three women in one home, no man to buffer, and you get hormones of all sorts of levels flying all the time. From laughing, fighting, ignoring, crying, yelling and on and on! Half way into the book, I knew that I couldn't put the book down because I really needed to see where the author was taking these 3 generations.

    I was skeptical that the ending would turn out for the good. I was guessing someone was going to die, either by accident or on purpose. I was creating the ending in my head, which sadly I do all the time when I read. I thought that a death would truly get the women that were left behind on the same hormone level for awhile.

    Well I'm not going to tell you if someone died because that would giveaway entirely too much of this work of fiction! I will tell you that if you don't read this book you will miss out on a witty, fun-filled multi-generational book that will take you to a new level on understanding of yourself and the other women that you live with or might have to live with in the future!

    I recommend this book for older YA readers all the way to those who are grandmothers! This little gem would make a great gift from any woman to another woman! This book brings to light the relationships between mother and daughter, no matter your age, you will be able to related to it and identify your own strength and weaknesses in those relationships. I don't have a mother but I am a mother to 3 daughters (1 tween and 2 teens). The book stimulated me to think about our current relationship and what is to come in the future.

    If you are in a book club, this would be a great book for that, too! I've been contemplating starting an online book club with some of my like-minded friends and this book would really be a great one to start it off. I'm a HUGE fan of books that include a readers guide, and of course, this one does!

    One last note on this book. I love the illustration on the cover. It is of 3 birds on a wire. Once I read the book, it all made sense and gave me a huge chuckle!

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

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    Entertaining Look At Life's Transistions

    Joanie may be having a nervous breakdown. She deserves a nervous breakdown. About to turn fifty, everything has changed. Her husband, Richard, has moved out, saying he doesn't want any commitments, and then instantly shows up with a new girlfriend barely out of her teens. And by the way, said girlfriend is pregnant and wants to get married.

    Joanie has gotten a job in an ad agency; she managed to land it after three weeks of looking and years at home. BUT, she works with an office full of Gen X and Gen Y coworkers who look at her as if it is a miracle she manages to make it out of her creaky rocking chair each day. She doesn't like the job, but needs it.

    Her mom, Ivy, has moved in due to the recession and losing her life savings. Far from being a help, she still feels it is her job to criticize every move Joanie makes, and even insists on calling her Roxanne, a name Joanie ditched as soon as she possibly could. Ivy spends hours on the Internet and has a fresh disaster to inform Joanie about every day.

    Then there is Caroline. Caroline, a typical fifteen year old, which means she ignores Joanie when she can and treats her to sullenness and sarcasm when she can't. Joanie sees underneath the angst to the girl trying to learn how to become a woman and crushed by her father's betrayals.

    Ruth Pennebaker lovingly narrates the life of many middle-aged women. Despite the woes, readers will laugh out loud at her portrayals, especially mothers of teenage daughters. The book is optimistic and entertaining and recommended for all readers interested in how to manage life transitions.

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