finished reading

This book took me by surprise. Filled with status updates, emails, and text messages that are witty and wise, I was totally charmed. None of the characters were predictable or cliche. Although, I did figure out the reveal (I won't spoil it).

From the publisher:
Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.


The Gal Herself said...

Love the premise and it sounds like the "gimmick" wears well. When I make even the slightest dent in my TBR, I'll have to give it a peek.

And I'm tagging you. (Remember tags?)

Lisa said...

I listened to most of this on audible and couldn't get too into it. I just wanted to know the reveal (got impatient and stopped listening. Feel free to tell me what it was on my blog and let's hope Gal doesn't see it!)

Unknown said...

Another one for the TBR pile!