THE GOODBYE YEAR: A Novel ~Kaira Rouda
Four families from a wealthy community in California are the focus of this story. Each family has a senior in high school and they are starting that last year. There are some funny scenes for sure in this book, but primarily it is about the frantic moments of thinking about the future and worrying about empty nest.
The voices are both from the children and the adults and some of the fears and concerns are just amazing to behold. All of their lives are filled with extra meetings and college representatives and for some the cost of future training is so expensive – crisis. One mother drives her son to be just like his older brother, as she worries about what she will do after her last child leaves home. She begins drinking. Dad becomes a voice of reason and opens the door for son number two to find his own passion.
The perfect mom realizes that she has made her daughter her best friend and made up for her husband’s huge travel schedule with this connection. The daughter is feeling some pressure about being the “perfect” girl at school and working around her pre-acceptance to Harvard. A strange boyfriend is part of the scene and of course Homecoming King to this Queen.
We have a family on a tight budget and they do not know how their child will afford college, and mom has the whole family on an incredibly rigid calendar schedule, which would knock anyone to the floor in protest and yet for half the book this family muddles forward.
The step mom well is just a selfish mess and yet daughter finds away to keep her caring for her father after she leaves for college! Actually, all the support characters are fairly fun to read in this story and even the drug problems are an interesting encounter.
TLC Book Tours sent along this fun read and I enjoyed it very much. THE GOODBYE YEAR has over 70 4-star reviews on Amazon.
“Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that sparkles with humor and heart including HERE, HOME, HOPE and IN THE MIRROR. Her latest novel, THE GOODBYE YEAR, will be released in May of 2016. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Laguna Beach series, the Indigo Island series and coming soon, the Malibu series.
She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life, she now enjoys the beach whenever possible.” (TLC Book Tours)