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When a mother-daughter duo set out on a road trip, the last thing they expect to find along the way is each other... The new, heartfelt and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL.
'GORGEOUS' Marian Keyes
'Charmed by its funny loveliness' Nina Stibbe
Jessica and her daughter Emily are touring colleges. For Jessica, this is going to be the chance to reconnect with the daughter she seems to have lost. But for Emily, it's a preview of freedom, and the chance to explore a new and exciting future.
Yet before any of this can happen, their perfectly planned trip is derailed into a series of off-roading misadventures: mother-daughter skiving, skipped mandatory meetings, and a scuffle with the FBI...
With seatbelts fastened, physical and emotional baggage safely stowed away, this mother-daughter duo might be ready to hit the road, but are they ready to reconnect to the person sitting next to them?
Praise for Abbi Waxman!
'Book lovers will absolutely relate'
O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
'Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely'
'I hope you're in the mood to be downright delighted, because that's the state you'll find yourself in'
'Waxman shines at creating characters that feel like best friends'
'Meet our bookish millennial heroine - a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet'
THE WASHINGTON POST
'A quirky, eccentric romance that will charm any bookworm'
Waxman (The Bookish Life of Nina Hill) expertly navigates the fraught shoals of college admissions in this spot-on tale of an ambitious mother and daughter. A hard-driving Los Angeles lawyer and single mother, Jessica Burnstein determines to get her delightfully acerbic teenage daughter, Emily, into a prestigious college and signs on for a guided tour of top schools with Excelsior Educational Excursions, a consulting firm relied upon by those in Jessica's peer group who seem to "enjoy ostentatiously subcontracting their parenting" by "E3ing the whole thing." As Jessica, Emily, and a group of seriously smart kids and their intense parents tour prestigious East Coast campuses, a cheating scandal erupts, with Emily, who all along hints at something that would kill her admission chances, at its epicenter. By the end, the FBI investigates, the culprits are charged, and the innocent are vindicated. Waxman's alternating first-person narration from Jessica and Emily rings true, while a memorable supporting cast ultra-driven students; mean-girl moms; a way-too-perky counselor, Cassidy, from E3 provide excellent support, especially when Cassidy's unintentionally hilarious but deeply resonating final scene is played out. This sweet treat doesn't require a college-bound child to enjoy, though anyone who has helped their offspring weather the admissions process will definitely appreciate this sharp send-up.