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Single mom Natasha Dávila has done a good job holding things together. Her divorce didn't leave her with much, but she has her kids and they are her world. Only now, she's facing a problem she never predicted: Her ex-husband is re-marrying, expecting a new baby and --worst of all--suing Natasha for full custody of their two children. Desperate to save her family, she turns...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Rachel Bussel
I tore through this book, told from the points of view of Natasha, the main character, a single mom of two struggling to raise her two kids and adjust to life in her new apartment complex, her son, Alex (her daughter, Lucia, is presumably too young to get her own chapters), and her new friend, Sara. Mainly, it's Natasha's voice Zepeda shares with us, as she tries her best to not be bitter about the breakup of her marriage, not fight with her ex, do her best for her kids and occasionally get it o...more
Lisa
Jul 06, 2012 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I've been reading Gwendolyn Zepeda for years. But it's all been online--I've followed her various blog incarnations for over a decade now. To be honest, I was afraid to read one of her books. What if I didn't like it? Would it change the way I felt about her online persona?
But I screwed up my courage and pre-ordered Better With You Here, and I'm so glad I did! I enjoyed it immensely! I read it in two days flat...I couldn't put it down!
The main characters and their experiences felt very real and...more
Jessica
In Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Better with You Here (Grand Central Publishing), single mother Natasha Davila can’t catch a break.

In the opening chapter, she’s competing with her ex-husband’s new girlfriend and dealing her son’s damp underwear.

“Fifty percent of my job as a mother is cleaning up bodily fluids… And then the other 50 percent is worrying,” she says.

Just when Natasha is getting some good luck – finding a decent babysitter and making friends with two other women in her Dallas apartment complex...more
CJ
Full disclosure: I've been reading Gwen's writing for many years and have been overjoyed when she moved from blogging, to newspaper columns, to published novels. She is snappy and smart and if we lived in the same state, we'd totally be knitting buddies.

Better With You Here has several different narrators - each with a clearly different voice (my favorite was young Alex). Zapeda has an ear for dialogue that really rang true with me. I know people like her characters. Natasha's struggles were a l...more
Penny
Single mom Natasha Dávila has done a good job holding things together. Her divorce didn't leave her with much, but she has her kids and they are her world. Only now, she's facing a problem she never predicted: Her ex-husband is re-marrying, expecting a new baby and --worst of all--suing Natasha for full custody of their two children. Desperate to save her family, she turns to her neighbors--fellow single moms facing their own drama. Sharing their laughter and their tears, these near strangers he...more
Julia Amante
As with Gwendolyn Zepeda's previous books, I love that she brings her character to life with rich, real details. You feel like you know the main characters. This time she had a second person POV for one of the characters which was interesting and not seen or done often. Great story about being a divorced mother and all the issued that come up with trying to parent alone. Really enjoyed it.
Alma Garcia
Loved it!

Single mom Natasha finds friends in women she would not have know in her married life. But, her ex sees them as unaccountable to be in his childrens lives. Sounds familiar? It will to many single moms.

We are given insights into some of the other characters views of the events.
Sarah Marble
There was so much to like about this book. The characters were excellent. I want there to be more books about real people. I never realized how classist most books are. The ones about lower-income people are BOOKS ABOUT POOR PEOPLE, but this is thankfully not that.
Claudia
I have been wanting to read a book by Gwendolyn Zepeda for some time. I liked reading the point of view from the different characters. The book was funny and heartfelt. I look forward to reading the author's other books.
Lexie
As always, Gwendolyn Zapata tells a story that makes me stay up all night and read every spare chance I get.
Amanda
This was different from her otherbbooks but I enjoyed it just the same.
Kim
One star for the book cover and the other for the story.
Natalie
Engaging. Hard to put down once halfway though.
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Gwendolyn Zepeda was born in Houston, Texas in 1971 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She began her writing career on the Web in 1997, with her long-running site gwendolynzepeda.com and as one of the founding writers of entertainment site Television Without Pity. Her first book was a short-story collection called To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him (Arte Públ...more
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