Sunday, March 20, 2011

Parents Behaving Badly

Parents Behaving Badly
Scott Gummer
211 pages
Publisher: Touchstone
Source: Goodreads giveaway!

Here's the main reason I didn't like this book: I find the topic of Little League Baseball to be quite boring.  So the vast majority of the novel did not hold my interest one bit.  I kept hoping maybe things would turn around and get interesting.

What's more, Parents Behaving Badly read, well, badly.  At the beginning of the book I had a hard time keeping straight which character was which.  Part of the problem is the author never really spent any time telling me who was who and the other part of the problem was they all had boring and generic names.  Anyway, I kept reading without trying to figure it out because I didn't really care.

The title suggests the parents in this book are going to be behaving badly.  But there wasn't much of that going on.  They thought a bit about cheating, but they thought about it passively and never actually considered going out and cheating.  That's not actually behaving badly so much as it is contemplating behaving badly.  Snore.  Then there was a little incident at the end of the book, but other than that, there wasn't much behaving badly going on that I noticed.

On the plus side, though it was a very, very minor part of the plot, I did have to admire the family for moving across the country when Grandma starting getting really forgetful.  Not too many families would do that that these days.

This book might be excellent for some people, and I'm sure there are people who would find this book hilarious (I giggled once or twice) and relatable, but overall, it just wasn't for me.  My copy is an ARC so I can't post it on PaperBackSwap.  If you think you'd like to read it, you can have my copy.  The first person to leave a comment gets it.

*Disclaimer: I won an advanced copy of this novel through a Goodreads giveaway.  Trust me, that fact did not influence my review in any way.

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