Publication Date: 2/4/2020
Rating: 4 / 5
I received a complimentary digital galley of MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES by Kathleen West in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Berkeley Publishing and Edelweiss for the chance to read and review!
In MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES Isobel Johnson is a teacher, trying to make a difference by igniting passion in her students in the midst of a very straight laced school. Julia Abbott is a helicopter parent to beat all helicopter parents and she is determined to micromanage her kids’ high school careers from ensuring her son gets a lead in the play to bringing down Isobel when her daughter seems to have learned to disparage motherhood in her English class.
Julia and other parents like her have taken to social media to bring down what they see as anti-American propaganda. With rumored cuts to the teaching staff, stakes are high and Isobel isn’t sure who she can trust. Julia herself becomes the target of social media when her antics over her son’s play role get caught on film and the whole school is wrapped up in the drama.
I read this book in the midst of the chaos that is the holiday season at the end of 2019 and it was a perfect light, funny read to take me out of my head. This book is told in multiple POVs including both Isobel and Julia and Julia’s children among others. I found this structure to work well to tell this story as you got a good glimpse at each character’s motivations as situations continued to spiral further out of control!
If you enjoy a good, lighthearted book with some substance behind it and enjoy watching the mess that comes from adults behaving very, very badly, then this might just be the book you need! Keep an eye out for MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES by Kathleen West which it comes out on February 4, 2020!