Friday, March 09, 2012

271 (2012 #16). The Neighbors Are Watching

by Debra Ginsberg

This book is a soap-opera beach read, full of stereotypes like "Desperate Housewives."  You've got your bi-racial pregnant teen surprising her white dad and the resentful wife he compelled to have an abortion.  You've got your "pillars of the community" couple with the self-righteous husband and perfectionist wife, and their troubled teenage son.  You've got your lesbian couple and you've got the neighborhood slut. You've also got your foreign family that keeps to itself.

The background event is the 2007 San Diego wildfires, but I was disappointed that they actually mattered little in the plot.  None of the characters was really likable, except possibly Sam, one of the lesbians.

If I hadn't had to read this for book club, I probably would not have finished it.

© Amanda Pape - 2012

[This book was borrowed and returned through interlibrary loan.]

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