I received a gifted galley of ARE WE THERE YET? by Kathleen West for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 3/16/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
ARE WE THERE YET? follows several points of view of the mothers and kids linked to some new, problematic behavior at the junior high. At the center of the story is Alice who begins feeling very confident in her good kids and her successful parenting. That confidence is shattered when she learns that her daughter is struggling with her reading and her son has been labeled a bully.
As the story progresses, the moms soon learn they really don’t know as much about their kids as they though! Fake Instagram accounts, neighborhood app scandals and a strange rash of graffiti around town have everyone on edge. Alice’s whole family is in turmoil as even her mother has surprises to reveal.
This was a wild ride! I really enjoyed the author’s MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHIES last year and this book followed in a very similar vein. There are definitely more problematic behaviors from the kids this time around, but adults behaving badly is a familiar theme. Some of Alice’s reactions were a bit over the top but I definitely felt for her throughout the book. She is a mom who is stretched too thin and between her kids, her absent husband, her mother (who I did not like!), and her job, it seems that everything in her life is melting down at once!
The author did a good job of fleshing out very different characters with very different approaches to motherhood. I could absolutely see this cast of characters at a PTA meeting bumping heads. Each had their own eye opening moments which were to my mind much needed!
This was a fun read and one to look out for! ARE WE THERE YET? is out today!