So, mom was a genius too! This book contains some of the same hilarious and poignant moments we previously saw in Zippy, yet adds a dose of reality we did not discover in Kimmel's first tale. I really, really loved Zippy and needed more. This second tale tells us a lot about what was really happening in the lives of the family and in Zippy's head, heart and home. It is very real and at times very raw. Where Zippy left me laughing and quoting lines, this book left me with a sad, yet appreciative realization that life is not always what it seems. Kimmel weaves her amazing stories about life, growing up, breaking arms (not for the faint of heart), hair disasters, parent relationships, higher education and understanding of situations that can only come from experience in a way that captures the reader and draws you into the life of a young girl on the verge of understanding the world around her. I'm glad I read this second book, yet a part of me still wishes I did not know some of the sad truth this story reveals.
I wasn't sure when purchasing this book, but the reviews helped me believe I would like it. The story spans the parallel lives of our key characters, and at every turn you think you know what might happen next - but it doesn't. A true "love story" created out of respect, good honest living and the decades it spans. The book bounces from character to character as the chapters unfold, but I never got lost as or confused you can in some books with this type of story line. My most memorable moment is toward the end in a simple and satisfying exchange between two friends who have not seen each other in 50 years, "What took you so long?" - "I had things to do". Brilliant.
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