22 JunDefinitely Suitable for Reading 26/52

I wasn’t certain what I was getting myself into when I picked up Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant. I’d never heard of her before, but the book seemed interesting enough.

At first I wasn’t certain what I was getting myself into. The little blurbs about the Mimi show that precede each chapter kinda put me off at first.

But when I actually got into this book I loved it (the blurbs were nothing to be afraid of).

Robin Schwartz has a life a many would kill for – a famous mom, lots of money, the ability to do (almost) anything she wants. But she’s miserable. So depressed is she that she spends her time in a dark room watching nothing but her Mom’s show. When your mom is as popular as Oprah, you can imagine there is A LOT of television coverage on her.

Suddenly she comes across a high school ring from a deserted Nova Scotian fishing village and a photograph of her Mom when she was little, Robin sets out to see if she can piece together the two. What she discovers is certainly not what she was expecting to find.

And it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting either. I love this book. It turned out much better than I thought it would, and as such, I devoured this in a day. I even took this with me while running errands with my Mom… and I get motion sick if I read in a moving vehicle. That’s how much I enjoyed this.

Apart from Robin’s weird fascination with watching all of her mother’s reruns, Robin is endearing and relatable. She has all the standard feelings and insecurities of a young adult. This book isn’t really the stereotypical teen one where by the end the heroine has overcome all of her faults. She still has them, but is learning that maybe it’s okay to be yourself.

Four Stars.

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