By Meg Mitchell Moore
4 out of 5 stars
The story begins with Nora Hawthorne being called to the Golden Gate Bridge for an emergency. Who’s on that bridge….
Gabe and Nora Hawthorne have a seemingly ideal life. They are both gainfully employed. They have three lovely daughters, one who seems to be on the fast track to Harvard, her father’s alma mater. But this family is deeply into their secrets. While Nora worries about her job because of an oversight, she also fears that her youngest daughter Maya can’t read in the second grade because of something that she did. Gabe has his own secret about his past. Angela, their teen daughter, is buried in trying to get into Harvard. She’s doing all the AP work, all the extracurricular work, everything and them some. She’s even taking adderal to keep going. Cecily has always been the happiest child but she’s showing cracks that her mom hasn’t even noticed. Not that there is no love in this family because there is, there are just too many secrets bound to break the family for good.
I love how the title is a play on the admissions process for college and the admissions that this family need to make to each other. I felt that every character, except maybe Maya, were fleshed out so that you knew what they were feeling, how they walked on eggshells with each other when the truth was scratching the surface. The changing points of view in each chapter worked extremely well for the story. A very good read about family and about letting go of things that are not as important as they seem.
I happily received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.