All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher
"The Rockwell women are nothing if not...Well, it's complicated. When the sisters--Esme, Liv, and Ru--were young, their eccentric mother, Augusta, silenced all talk of their absent father with the wild story that he was an international spy, always away on top-secret missions. But the consequences of such an unconventional upbringing are neither small nor subtle: Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her precocious fifteen-year-old daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles. So when a hurricane hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite to assess the damage--only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box. In a candid moment, Augusta reveals a startling secret that will blow the sisters' concept of family to smithereens--and send them on an adventure to reconnect with a lost past...and one another."
This book is one of the SheReads.org books of spring!
Talk about a wild ride! This book takes you up and down and all around. You'll be laughing one moment and crying the next. The characters in this story are fascinating, and it was so fun to get caught up in their world. Augusta, who is the mother, is so unique that as a reader you're constantly trying to figure out if she is sane or not. The sisters' lives are each pathetic in their own way, and yet it's so interesting to see why they become that way. When they try to overcome their upbringing, they forget to live in the now. They forget how to live in the present. It's strange because they think they are living in the present, but really they're just hiding and running away. Each of them is so different, and they each have their own set of problems and circumstances. Their definition of family is very different from what most people think of family. In short, the whole family is a train wreck. However, as the story unfolds it's so fun to see where they go and how everything changes so quickly. The sisters bond together after years apart, in order to see how it will all unfold. There are quite a few twists and turns in the book, and it definitely keeps you turning the pages. It's well written and very clever. I love how unique this story is. The transitions from past to present are fairly easy to follow. There are quite a few characters involved, and it's a bit of a trick at first to remember who is who, and what time frame they fit into. By the end of the story it's not an issue though.
There is quite a bit of language in this book, and there are several "f" words. Boo. Why? I'll never understand it. It's so distracting. There is some minor violence, and there is some "intimacy." There's at least one scene, and there are innuendos as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I found this little peak into their lives so fascinating. It made me feel like a good mother, daughter, and sister. :)
Rating: R (Profanity, including several "f" words. There is some minor violence, and also "intimacy," including at least one scene and some innuendos.)
Recommendation: Adult (This book is not appropriate for YA or younger readers.)
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.