Alice Sullivan feels like she’s finally found her groove in middle age, but it only takes one moment for her perfectly curated life to unravel. On the same day she learns her daughter is struggling in second grade, a call from her son’s school accusing him of bullying throws Alice into a tailspin.
When it comes to light that the incident is part of a new behavior pattern for her son, one complete with fake social media profiles with a lot of questionable content, Alice’s social standing is quickly eroded to one of “those moms” who can’t control her kids. Soon she’s facing the very judgement she was all too happy to dole out when she thought no one was looking (or when she thought her house wasn’t made of glass).
Then her mother unloads a family secret she’s kept for more than thirty years, and Alice’s entire perception of herself is shattered.
As her son’s new reputation polarizes her friendships and her family buzzes with the ramification of her mother’s choices, Alice realizes that she’s been too focused on measuring her success and happiness by everyone else’s standards. Now, with all her shortcomings laid bare, she’ll have to figure out to whom to turn for help and decide who she really wants to be.
I have a two year so this book was fascinating to see what I will be in for someday. I remember what it was like to be young and I am sure it even more complex now with teens having access to social media so easily. This makes you think as a parent about what the right thing you can do. But then you remember teens will always sneak around and lie to their parents, it has been happening for ages.
I enjoyed the POVS of all the people. You see the parents and the kids. Seeing the kids was different because it seems like now they do not talk about what is happening, but this shows how these issues still are happening. They seemed to be less of an issue ten years, but now they are more commonplace and we need to be paying attention and making sure our kids are safe.
This just makes me paranoid about social media, especially when kids make secret accounts and lie. Then it gets worse when bad things are posted. It just makes me wonder how you parent without being too much. This book will just makes you think a lot.
A great book for parents about what social media is like now and how do we deal? I found this to b e a good story, and I look forward to more from the author.
Thank you NetGalley and Berkeley for the ARC provided for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.