Molly has arrived home from Vassar to reveal that she has an important announcement to make. Her mother, Suzanne, is convinced that Molly’s news is history repeating herself and that she’s about to become a 36-year-old grandmother. Suzanne’s mother, Ava, develops a case of impending great-grandmother fever - that is, when she’s not spying on the new next-door neighbor, Buddy McKinley, who turns out to be a blast from her past.
Decades earlier, Buddy was the business partner of Ava’s late husband, as well as his best friend during the Vietnam War. Ava feels she has good reasons for hating Buddy she blames him for the fall of their business, an Irish pub that was a staple of the community. The loss not only destroyed her husband but also pushed her headfirst into the vodka bottle.
Suzanne eventually finds out that Buddy and Ava’s past goes back much further than either has admitted. She begins to wonder whether Ava truly hates Buddy, or whether her feelings are much more complicated, as are her own when Molly announces that she’s not pregnant, but gay.
Based on the award-winning play, She Effin' Hates Me is about three women relearning to love one another for who they are and, more importantly, for who they’re not.
©2014 Scarlett Savage (P)2013 Audible Inc.
“Crack open Scarlett Savage’s novel and you will feel as though you’re sitting in the living room of relatives you love...and yet somehow can’t avoid when you desperately want to. The characters are so vibrant and the dialogue so funny, honest, and three-dimensional that it’s hard to believe this is fiction. Something remarkable happens as we follow three generations of strong women through a startling revelation that redefines the relationships between them all - all of a sudden, we’re not on the outside looking in. We’ve become part of the family.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times’ best-selling author)
The story is predictable, sappy sweet, and ultimately boring. Enduring love deserves a better context. The narrator was only average, although adept at distinguishing between characters. The characters themselves are like the story--unbelievable, sappy, boring.
I have to admit that I couldn't finish listening to this. The narration is very good, and I think that I will seek out this reader in other books. The writing is well-executed, but the actual story seems shallow and predictable. At first, I was attracted to the light, witty banter between the characters. Then I started to realize that I could predict what the characters were going to say next - and that all of the characters talked the same way (regardless of the voice that the narrator gave them.) Some people might see this as a light summer listen, but I really don't have the time for it.
Nothing surprising in the story. If you like to be reminded of how well you do or do not deal with your own mother than this book is for you. The love story is only a sidebar to the main story of 3 generations of women dealing with their life issues.
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