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  • A very good coming of age story

    19 year old Sherri Taylor has experienced a lot of loss in her young life.  Her parents recently died within a short time of one another, and she feels lost and disconnected.  When a girlfriend talks to her about the two of them applying to be Playboy bunnies at the nearby resort, Sherri is reluctant.  Upon entering the resort, however, she feels the excitement and glamour of the resort.  With a little help from a bunny, she nails down a position and is moves to the college dorm-like environment aptly called the “bunny hutch”. Sherri’s new life at the resort is one filled with rules and expectations but she loves being part of a group. She finds herself accepting invitations to party every night and celebrates her new found confidence.  Sherri’s introduced to sex, drugs and rock and roll and soon becomes unrecognizable to those around her.  A tragic event changes everything and Sherri finds herself still contemplating the tragedy 40 years later. This is a well written and interesting coming of age story.  Initially, Sherri presented as a lost soul trying to find her place in the world without her family.  I can only imagine how difficult this would be at a point in life where we start to develop our own identity. It was nice to see Sherri gain confidence and feel connected to others as she began working at the resort. Over a short length of time, however, her choices became self-destructive, egocentric and manipulative and she became unrecognizable to those around her.   The theme to this book highlights how our actions and choices not only impact us, but also those around us. I listened to the audiobook version of Shoulder Season which was narrated by Karissa Vacker.   Her expression and enthusiasm were highly enjoyable and easy to listen to.    I would not hesitate to recommend this audiobook version of this book to those that appreciate this format. What I Liked About Shoulder Season: - The descriptions of life as a bunny and the resort itself - The evolution of Sherri’s character throughout the book - The theme of how our actions impact others I Recommend This Book To: Those readers who enjoy historical fiction set in the 1980’s or a good coming of age story.

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  • Back in time to 1981

    The virtues and vices of 1981 - it's all right here in Shoulder Season, along with so much more. I enjoyed Christina Clancy's first book, The Second Home, so was happy to get the chance to read her new book - even better, that I was able to listen to the audio version. I really liked this one - at 19, Sherri Taylor is thrown completely for a loop when her parents die just a few years apart. After her mother's death she's not quite sure what to do with her life. Becoming a bunny at the nearby Playboy family resort at Lake Geneva Wisconsin is definitely not in her plans, but a friend gets her to come with her to interview and she ends up as Bunny Sherri. The story starts with Sherri in the present, around 60 years old, living in Palm Springs California. She finds herself needing to "go home again" and in the process, taking a look back at a pivotal time in her life. As maddening as 19-year old Sherri was at times, I enjoyed going back in time to 1981, a year when I was about 11 years older than Sherri. So much happened in that year that changed the course of her life and informed her subsequent life decisions - when she does go home again, what will she find has changed, and remained the same, and what will she learn? Karissa Vacker narrated this audiobook and did an excellent job. My thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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