Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West - A Book Review


Let’s face it - raising a family can be challenging. Raising a family in the era of social media is even more challenging. Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West is the story of one woman who changes her perspective when life throws her several curveballs.

Plot Summary


Alice Sullivan feels she has it all. She has a great job as an architect and interior designer, is married to a successful man who she adores, and has two perfect children. She displays her perfectly designed home and life on her business instagram page with pride. She has great friends who meet regularly and discuss the local gossip. That is, until the one day her perfect world starts to fall apart. At a parent teacher interview that takes place while her husband is out of town, she’s told that her seven year old daughter is not reading at the level she needs to be at in order to move on to the next grade. During this interview, she’s called by twelve year old son Teddy’s middle school regarding a situation that must attended to immediately. All this on the day she was to meet her wealthy, new potential clients she’s hoping to impress.

Alice quickly determines that Teddy’s behaviour this day is actually part of a pattern she wasn’t aware of. The school community, including several of Alice’s friends, soon begin to gossip about Teddy and question Alice’s parenting skills. Through a series of events surrounding Teddy and his peers’ access to social media, a perfect storm of events transpire which questions everything she thought she knew about Teddy.

Alice’s chaos does not stop there. As if life wasn’t stressful enough for Alice, her mother drops a bombshell that she’s been holding for more than thirty years. This new development has Alice questioning her own relationship with her mother as she tries to determine her own new normal.

Book Review

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were well developed and the story insightful. I found the book to be entertaining, and it flowed easily. I felt empathy for Alice and followed with interest how she would manage to reconcile all these stressors. The author highlights parenting in the age of smart phones and presents relevant information for all parents to consider.

What I Liked About Are We There Yet

  • Great character development with likeable characters
  • It highlights the impact of social media on children
  • It is highly engaging with great flow to the story
What I Would Have Liked To Be Different
  • The ending wrapped things up a bit too conveniently.
I Recommend This Book To:
Readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction or Fiction involving Family Life.

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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20 comments:

  1. My goodness, Alice sounds like she has a LOT on her plate all at once - definitely the makings of a good story to see how it all pans out!

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  2. I haven’t heard of this author or this book but it sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Lauren.

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  3. This sounds great! Poor Alice, she has so much to deal with. I can see how it makes it a decent read though. I hope she has a happy ending! x

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  4. The story sounds interesting and resonates with present-day parenting challenges. Today parents have more responsibility as technology has its pros and cons.

    Thanks for selecting and reviewing another needed book.

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  5. I've never heard of this book before but it sounds interesting - though I also don't like it when the endings are too perfect.

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  6. Great post! This sounds like a fantastic book, and I'd love to read it and dive into Alice's world. Adding it to my list now. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love the sound of this book and the honesty about it! Great review xx

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  8. From perfection is a hot mess . . . sounds like one of life's curveballs to me! If a parent is all about perfection, they miss out on the struggles going on beneath the surface that they unconsciously teach their kids to hide.
    I have to read this book! I love solid stories with an interesting premise and a touch of family.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Ohhh now this sounds like the perfect book for me. I love how you do your summary at the end - what you liked, what you would have changed and who it's perfect for - this book pretty much suits me perfectly. Thank you for sharing, going to buy it now!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did!

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  10. High praise of this one! The cover drew me in instantly so thanks for sharing, I'll be adding this to my TBR x

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