Typically I don’t share my negative reviews or DNF’s here, but this one comes from an author I really love, and I feel my reasonings are sound and worthy of sharing. Some people may enjoy this read more than I did, especially because of who the author is. So let’s get to it.
I had to DNF this at 35%, which is a shame because I adore the other books of Weinstein’s that I have read. Rather than consoling and supporting their daughter, Zoe, Emma and Bobby are too busy shaming her and making her feel bad. Yes, she screwed up, but apparently, teens aren’t allowed to screw up, and these parents will go about it in every wrong way possible.
Where is the loving Bobby that Emma went on and on about? We don’t see any of that. And Emma? She’s making this all about herself. Whenever she talks to Zoe or thinks about her, it’s all about this mysterious thing that happened to Emma in the past, so she makes what Zoe is going through about herself. Listen, there’s no need for secrecy about what happened in Emma’s past. Alluding to it and putting off revealing it feels forced. This isn’t a mystery, so it doesn’t work here. Unfortunately, there’s so much forced drama and terrible parenting that I just can’t continue with it. I think fans of her work will still enjoy this one, though. I still love this author and will definitely continue reading her work.
About the Book
Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.
Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.
As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage and family forever.