I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
What began as a typical PTO meeting changed the course of Caroline Jacob's life when she shouts out a certain four-letter word when the rich housewife/PTO president begins complaining that people need to start doing more. This causes her outcast daughter to get expelled after standing up for her mother at school the next day. Having been pushed around her whole life, Caroline decides to take her daughter and travel 10 hours to her hometown to seek revenge against her own high school bully, Emily, who sparked this life of second-place for Caroline. When the mother-daughter duo arrive, Caroline discovers that picture perfect people might not be so perfect after all.
This was an excellent story that was well-written throughout. I feel that Dicks really excelled at making his characters believable and empathetic especially for readers, such as myself, who didn't have the best high school memories. The story also sparked a conversation amongst myself regarding how lives can be changed by events that occurred years ago. One of my favorite quotes from the novel says:
"Nudge someone one way or the next and a person's life trajectory can change forever."
I thought this was very poignant as I can recall a few moments in my education where fellow students and teachers did gentle gestures that changed the course of my life.
I highly recommend this book and thought it was an easy, smooth, yet deeply emotional read.
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