Chick lit

Just the way you are by Beth Moran

I have mentioned before that there are certain relationship issues that do not appear as realistic as I would want them to in fiction. One primary one is women who are in a very fraught mother-daughter standoff of sorts. A couple of authors whose works I otherwise enjoy did not make me believe in the complexity of the toxicity. This is probably one of the times that it actually made sense.
Our leading lady has been the sole emotional support for her mother. The dependence does not become evident till she starts to build a life of her own. On the one hand, Ollie knows it’s beyond time that she sets some boundaries, but her mother is very subtle in putting her foot in before the door shuts. This does not diminish Ollie’s love for her mother (and vice versa).
With the help of a very good friend and an aunt with patience to spare, Ollie decides to move out and put some distance. She is trying to do all the things that she has always wanted to. She has a ‘Dream List’ that is crucial to the changes she is trying. Change is not easy, however, and every step into the unknown is hard. The neighbours, townsfolk and their eccentricities are quite enticing, and it kept me involved, and I almost read it in one sitting. I really enjoyed another book by the author, and it made me confident going into this one. I felt amply rewarded for that trust.
It borders on uplit, with very average characters who lead simple lives with minor setbacks that they learn to overcome (with help from people who care). Some of the stories of the supporting cast were more emotional than others, but overall I chuckled quite a few times while imagining some of the situations.
I would definitely recommend this book to people who like this genre.
I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers, but my review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and a previous work by the same author.

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2 thoughts on “Just the way you are by Beth Moran”

  1. I think I’ve got one by this author in my Terrible Page of Old NetGalley Books that is about running to cure someone’s low spirits, it does look like she covers ordinary lives and ways we can make them better.

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