Review: 183 Times a Year by Eva Jordan

183 Times a Year

Blurb:   Lizzie—exasperated Mother of Cassie, Connor and Stepdaughter Maisy—is the frustrated voice of reason to her daughters’ teenage angst. She gets by with good friends, cheap wine and talking to herself—out loud.

16-year-old Cassie—the Facebook-Tweeting, Selfie-Taking, Music and Mobile Phone obsessed teen—hates everything about her life. She longs for the perfect world of Chelsea Divine and her ‘undivorced’ parents—and Joe, of course.

However, the discovery of a terrible betrayal and a brutal attack throws the whole household into disarray. Lizzie and Cassie are forced to reassess the important things in life as they embark upon separate journeys of self-discovery—accepting some less than flattering home truths along the way.

Although tragic at times this is a delightfully funny exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and ultimately friendship. A poignant, heartfelt look at that complex and diverse relationship between a Mother and daughter set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Review:   On the whole I enjoyed this book but felt it was a bit too long and a bit wordy in places. I can understand the need to establish the relationships between Lizzie, Cassie and the others and this was done really well but I felt, for me, that it took up too much of the book. The story only really started to change from about 70% onwards and then it really took off and although I can appreciate that some people will like that, for me I would have preferred if it had happened earlier in the book.  I could easily understand both Lizzie and Cassie’s points of view and got annoyed at and for both of them at various points, completely accurate portrayal of teenagers and adults.  It was refreshing to see a book that covered both points of view rather than just focusing on the adults.  I loved seeing Cassie change and mature when she needed to and her relationship with other family members change. It was also nice to see her realise what some of the characters were really like as it was obvious to me as a reader and at times frustrating that she couldn’t see it, though that is very true to life as well, sometimes we don’t see someone’s true colours until our perspectives are changed.  There were a couple of things that I found a little irritating but apart from those and the points I have already mentioned I enjoyed this book.  It’s a bit of a departure from my usual choice in books but I am trying to broaden my reading range and I have certainly done that here.

This is definitely a book to read if you have children who are teenagers or younger as it will give you an insight into their thoughts, while at the same time reminding you that you were like that once too.

Many thanks to the author for letting me have a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.


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