Book Review: Fly Away Home



I'm getting a lot of reading done lately!  I don't really like to watch TV while I feed or put Georgia to bed, so that leaves quite a bit of time for reading!

I haven't read any of Jennifer Weiner's books.  For some reason I've just made myself resist them.  At first, Fly Away Home seemed a little bit out of my age range, as the main characters were in their 50's.  But I was soon drawn into the story, and the chapters alternated being told from the point of view of the main character and her two daughters, who are in their 20's and 30's. 

The main story is a bit standard (politician cheats on his wife), but I loved how it wove several stories together and how the characters' reactions were not what one usually expects.  In other words, it wasn't all fairy-tale ending, which is what I loved about it.

So...you have the cheating politician and his wife who has devoted her entire life to him and his career; their medical doctor daughter who is in a loveless marriage and a pretty hot relationship with a med student; and their younger incredibly hot mess of a daughter - think stealing Grandma's pearls at Thanksgiving and embarrassing drug episodes.

If you like easy reads but are sick of chic-lit, I really think you'll like this book.  I feel like I'm just past the point of books detailing dating or wedding drama, and the Shopaholic books and their like make me want to bang my head on a wall repeatedly.  This book kept me entertained without making me feel dumber for reading it.