If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now

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From the well-loved author of Knitting Under the Influence and The Smart One and the Pretty One comes a new novel about a young single mother trying to move out of her family's shadow.

Rickie left home a long time ago-so how is it that at the age of twenty-five, she's living with her parents again, and sleeping in the bedroom of her childhood home?

At least one thing has changed since high school: She now has a very sweet but frequently ...

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Overview

From the well-loved author of Knitting Under the Influence and The Smart One and the Pretty One comes a new novel about a young single mother trying to move out of her family's shadow.

Rickie left home a long time ago-so how is it that at the age of twenty-five, she's living with her parents again, and sleeping in the bedroom of her childhood home?

At least one thing has changed since high school: She now has a very sweet but frequently challenging son named Noah, who attends the same tony private LA school she herself attended. Rickie fit in fine when she was a student, but now her age and tattoos make her stand out from all the blond Stepford moms, who are desperate to know why someone so young-and so unmarried-has a kid in first grade.

Already on the defensive, Rickie goes into full mother-tigress mode when her small and unathletic son tells her that the gym teacher is out to get him. She storms the principal's office, only to discover that Andrew Fulton, the coach, is no dumb jock. As her friendship with Andrew develops, Rickie finds herself questioning her assumptions-about motherhood, being a grown-up, and falling in love.

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In LaZebnik's breezy reminder that it's never too late to become a responsible parent (after The Smart One and the Pretty One), Rickie Allen, attached to her tattoos, piercings, and punky dyed hair, is terrified of becoming a suburban soccer mom. Still, this spoiled slacker sees no problem in sponging off her wealthy L.A. parents after her trip to adulthood takes a U-turn when she gets pregnant at 18, drops out of Berkeley, and gets ditched by her biology student boyfriend. By the time Rickie's 25, Noah is enrolled at the exclusive Fenwick School, where Rickie meets coach Andrew Fulton, and soon it's a matter of opposites attracting and Rickie learning to do some growing up. Although a little too feel-good fuzzy, LaZebnik's peek at Rickie's struggles to break free of her shortsighted youthful self-righteousness is zany and sweet. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446555012
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 601,217
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV writer husband and four children. She is the author of the novels The Smart One and the Pretty One (5 Spot, 2008), Knitting Under the Influence (5 Spot, 2006), and Same as it Never Was and co-author of Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life and Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger's.
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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Like Your Chick Lit Smart? This is the author for you...

    If you love a breezy, funny, romantic read in a book that feels populated with people who could actually be in your real life, then this is the writer for you. I've read all her fiction and think she is just the greatest guilty pleasure ever.

    I loved this, her newest, because in addition to being set in the world of snotty private school moms (some of whom turn out to be not so snotty after all!) it's also got this amazing, complicated, loving, annoying mother daughter relationship that feels...well, like this author has been spying on me.

    Obviously she hasn't, but she's that good, that insightful. She hasn't been spying on you either, but you'll feel drawn to these characters as if you knew them personally.

    Loved the book, love this writer.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    I loved it and it was soooo cute!!!

    I loved this book. Rickie is soooo funny and very sarastic so I can relate to her. She does seems like any 20 something year old that was lost BUT also has a child. But she starts to grow up and meets someone that likes her for who she is and she doesn't have to change herself and the entire time he was right under her nose. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone that would love a great story about being young, lost, and w/ a child that and needing to grow up!!!

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Loved...Loved...Loved!!

    The best book I have read in years! You fall in love with the characters and find yourself rooting for some and hating others. This is a story that all mothers and daughters can relate to. I won't give any juicy details, your just going to have to read it for yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 2, 2011

    recommended

    loved this book

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