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    This is one of those books that’s a bit difficult for me to rate/review. There were parts I loved. There were parts that made me roll my eyes. I didn't find it as amusing as some reviewers did. But I ended up glad I read this one and gave it 4 stars both for the overall story and for most of the writing. I love how 3 quirky, damaged people were able to ultimately come together and form an unconventional family. I loved many of McCauley’s observations about people and places. Most of my eye rolling happened when McCauley inserted what I suspect are his own political/religious feelings into his characters. That ended up being a bit heavy-handed - yet oddly served to show just how intolerant people who love to tout their tolerance often actually are. So while it’s probably not a book for everyone (and really, what book is?), those who can overlook a bit of preachiness may well enjoy this one, as I did. Thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books who provided a copy for an unbiased review.
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    Take It or Leave It

    I feel like I missed something in this book. Julie calls David, her gay ex-husband, and asks him to help her daughter prepare for college applications, because that's what he does for a living. So he flies out and stays with her. But somewhere along the way everyone thinks David is going to help Julie with the house situation, including Julie. I guess I missed that conversation. I don't like that she had to turn to an ex to save her. And where was this "one conversation they've never had no amount of renovations can fix" per advertised? Julie and David never had a real conversation. This book is filled with horrible supporting characters. And when I say horrible, I mean that they are bad people. And I don't like that Julie was saved by one of the more horrible people.

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