The Art of Adapting by Cassandra Dunn (3 out of 5)
I read this one pretty quick. It was a nice, simple, story centered around the normal struggles that a soon-to-be divorced mother of two would face. Throw in a challenge of having her brother who has Asperger’s and multiple romantic opportunities springing out of nowhere like lilies in a weed field, and you have the makings of a good, family oriented book. And it was. It didn’t have salaciousness, moments of ineptitude, or stupid drama. Another plus. It didn’t have a lot of meat for this carnivore, however. That’s why only three stars. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a book that you can easily dive into and dive out of, with equal ferocity. Definitely what I would qualify as a beach read or a good vacation read. I wish it had come out sooner, for it would have been a nice summer read.
Lana is trying to find her footing after her louseburger of a husband Graham suddenly tells her he’s leaving and that he’s found someone who isn’t her. Of course, Lana’s kids stay with her, so she is double overwhelmed with caring for them (teens, no less) and trying to heal her heart. Her autistic brother Matt lives with them, and he helps out as he can, but his social awkwardness presents a unique set of circumstances that Lana has to work with. She has her hands, her wastebasket, and her bicycle shed full of crap going on. Her son wants to be a rock star athlete while making a run for the bases with his best friend’s hot sister. Her daughter has an eating disorder that Lana is not seeing, due to all of the emotional crap she’s hoisting. The different beaus who are orbiting her solar system are all radically different, and Lana goes through the motions of trying to figure out what she is looking for, after thinking she had “it” all the years she was with Graham. In midst of all of this, Lana’s health suddenly takes a turn for the worse. What happens? Can everyone find their happily ever after? Read it and find out. Again, I heartily recommend it for a quick, light read.