Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Place for Us” as Want to Read:
A Place for Us
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Place for Us

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  207 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Brook Bostock has led a privileged life. The daughter of an extremely wealthy and prominent family, she married the man of her dreams and is raising two deeply loved children. But her happy home is shattered when a neighborhood teenager is assaulted during a night of drinking with the Bostocks' son and his prep school friends.

The scandal receives national attention—not onl
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by NAL
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Place for Us, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Place for Us

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Silver Chair by C.S. LewisA Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di LampedusaExistentialism Is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
Chairs on Covers
97th out of 150 books — 39 voters
Summer Rental by Mary Kay AndrewsBeach Trip by Cathy HoltonThe Girls of August by Anne Rivers SiddonsWhat Remains by Carole RadziwillOn the Rocks by Erin Duffy
Beach Chairs
17th out of 30 books — 5 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,478)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Romancing the Book
Jun 08, 2015 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the publisher
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Ms. Gyllenhaal takes us into the depths of small town life. After years of being married Brooke and Michael move back to Michael’s home town. Brooke feels like more of an outcast because his family never liked/accepted her. They feel that she is showing off because of the parties she throws. They are really a part of the business that she has with a friend.

Brooke and Michael have a son who has been away at boar
Sarah W.
Feb 10, 2013 Sarah W. rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a first read giveaway from Goodreads. I finished in two days. I couldn't put it down! I loved the country, snowy setting, but I wasn't sure at first how the storyline was going to fill up a 300 page book. I was quickly proved wrong and pulled into the story line. The story was kept moving by switching perspectives between the four main characters. The chapters were short, which kept the story moving and kept me interested in all of the story lines. I also thought it was s ...more
Holly Robinson
Jun 05, 2013 Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing
Like most compelling, character-driven novels about complicated relationships and moral dilemmas, A Place for Us is keenly observed and well paced, with dialogue that rings true and characters that leap off the page fully formed. What sets this book a step above others in its genre is the gripping tension created by conflicts that have every character facing up to truths about themselves—and about the people they love most—in ways that will always make you root for them, no matter how many mista ...more
Judy Collins
Dec 31, 2013 Judy Collins rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Lisa and look forward to reading her previous books. She does an outstanding job of setting up the characters and this small town where you get to know all the players and setting.

First, the front cover is a huge draw as with the snow setting which is very inviting.This novel is for parents as well as teens. This is a reminder parents do not always know their teens as well as they think they do. Teens also need to be reminded their actions have consequences which can af
Mar 05, 2013 Sillylittlefishey rated it liked it
Shelves: advance-copies
Finished ARC on 3/1/13

This book is a little different than what I normally read, but I found it to be refreshing. I didn't really care for all the flashbacks included in the book, but I've never been a big fan of those! I thought this story was believable and could easily see it appearing on a based on a true story made for TV movie...except of course that it's fiction!

This is a good book to curl up with a nice snowy day!

Ali Mark
Feb 03, 2016 Ali Mark rated it liked it
Read more reviews at

When Phoebe is asked to stay late to watch Tilly until her (secret) true love, Liam, gets home from boarding school, will trouble arise when drugs and alcohol come into the mix? Will an assumed situation turn into a series of lies - and will those lies catch up to everyone involved - or will someone get away with a crime?

You may like this book if you like the following sub-genres:
• Family life
• Sexual/Domestic Assault
• Drug & Alco
Dec 29, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
Liam: One teen boy who is in over his head at the elite prep school he attends. His parents were hoping that he would be happier there; that he would find a better group of friends; that he would be once again, the fun-loving, light-hearted son they once knew. But instead, a desire to impress his roommate's older brother, Brandon, who happens to be a star hockey player causes him to make a mistake.

Phoebe: One teen girl who has known Liam since elementary school. Somehow, somewhere, her feelings
Feb 15, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
It's one of those stories that, a few chapters in, you wonder how it will play out over 300 pages. Can't this be tied up in just a few more? Nope, what makes it work and pulls it thru are the various points of view. The reader sees thru the eyes of Brook, Michael, Liam and Phoebe. Two adults and two teenagers. The teenagers' perspectives really enhance the plot line -- it's amazing how they can have such singular world views. If it is happening to them, well, then, it's all about them. You reall ...more
Viviane Crystal
Mar 05, 2013 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it
Brook Bostock wonders in the back of her mind whether her husband, Michael, married her for love or for her family’s money. Both are deeply in love with each other after fifteen years of marriage. They moved back to Michael’s hometown but his family has never really accepted her, believing her penchant for entertaining extravagantly is showing off. In reality, it’s a part of the successful business she and her friend have developed over the years. Now the very foundations of their life are about ...more
Samantha Janning
Mar 13, 2013 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of A Place For Us by Liza Gyllenhaal in exchange for an honest review. This is a captivating and beautifully written novel that will draw readers in from the beginning. We meet Brook Bostock and her family – husband Michael, son Liam and daughter Tilly. Brook comes from a prominent family and is extremely wealthy, but never likes to flaunt that fact. She wants to be accepted into the community as a normal family, but her happy existence is shattered when a teenage girl is assau ...more
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Brook and Michael Bostock were living the American dream; a loving marriage, two wonderful kids, and running two successful businesses that allowed them to set their own work schedules and have more time for their family and themselves. But when the couple spends a night away from home and a young girl gets attacked at their house, it may all come crashing down. Their son, Liam, is facing an attempted rape charge and Brook and Michael are facing charges equiva
Barb Klein
Mar 29, 2013 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
“A Place for Us” by Liza Gyllenhaal is a story of every parent’s nightmare. The Bostocks are a family for whom everything has gone right. They are a privileged family and are well liked in their small town. Brook is from a wealthy family. She married her sweetheart and they have two children. Her son is in college and her daughter is a busy ten-year-old.

All seems to be going well for them until a drinking episode with minors and an assault that happened in their house promises to become a natio
Phyllis Azar
Oct 07, 2013 Phyllis Azar rated it it was amazing
Wonderful writing and storytelling! I enjoyed this book very much, as I have enjoyed the author's previous works: So Near and Local Knowledge.

The writing is fluid; character is revealed in crystal dialog and the small-town setting is painted in subtle details like in an impressionist work of art. You come to know the story's people and surroundings as you might know your own.

The book description from the publisher is spot-on and will tell you what you need to know about the story. Briefly, unres
Laura Kay Bolin
Mar 08, 2013 Laura Kay Bolin rated it really liked it

Rich privileged girl meets poor boy they fall in love, get married, have two kids, get a dog and live in a pretty picturesque town. Sounds perfect, it was perfect until the threads of that life slowly get pulled out of the fabric of their lives. Brook Bostock has always deep down worried that maybe Michael had married her for her money, but when her friend shares a long kept secret her insecurities resurface. As she swallows her new information, the world
Denisa Howe
May 15, 2013 Denisa Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: bought
It began with love, money,love,marriage and a content life style. Years later the long time married couple moves back to their hometown with a son who is off at prep school. Life seems as it should until a visit from the son.. and a girl, alcohol, friends and then it happens. Their life now is thrown out in public eye, as the authorities and the parents try to figure out just what really did happen. Do the wealthy really get to buy themselves out of trouble or are they finger because they are w ...more
Mar 06, 2013 CorLostForWords rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, blog-tour
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Penguin Group USA for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 4/5

Brook has always loved her husband and children, and absolutely loves living in her husband's hometown, away from the influence of her own family with their high society last name. She has tried to distance herself from the acclaim that comes with being a Pendleton, and has done a good job of it.
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Mar 22, 2013 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
A PLACE FOR US by Lisa Gyllenhaal is an interesting Women's fiction/Psychological fiction set in a small Massachusetts town. It is told in four parts from the point of view of four characters,two of which are teenagers. Intertwined with underage drinking,tragedy,secrets,physical abuse,longing to belong,and the lies that can tear apart a family as well as a small close knit town. Written about complex social issues,as well as small towns,very compassionate and realistic. A very compelling,grippin ...more
Barbara Sissel
Jun 25, 2013 Barbara Sissel rated it really liked it
In this story, an ordinary family undergoes an extraordinary calamity and from page one, the characters are so perceptively drawn, and seem so real, that they might well have been pulled from a recent news story. On the surface, the plot centers on an incident, involving teenage drinking, that results in an assault. A subsequent lawsuit alleges the parents are to blame, that even though they weren't in the home at the time, they're responsible. And that much is riveting enough, but the true beau ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Doris rated it it was amazing
Alcohol abuse among teenagers is the main challenge of Gyllenhaal's gook. Quick read, eye opening, especially regarding what alcohol abuse among teens leads to.
Lynnette Gannaway
Jul 04, 2013 Lynnette Gannaway rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story about a teenage boy and his family. Alcoholism runs in the family and is never spoken of. The son begins to drink to deal with typical teen angst. Unbeknownst consequences occur which impact his closest friends and family. The story told in the near third person deals with the struggles of parenting teens and the perils of teenaged drinking. It is fictional story but deals with a difficult topic in a responsible and thought provoking manner. This is an important read ...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Jul 30, 2014 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this writer's style.

What happens in your home when you are not home? Do the kids have a party, unbeknownst to you? Their friends invited over? Just what does happen, may be your responsibility, even if you aren't home.

It was interesting, but what I did not like was the air of aristocracy that those with money have, and what they think they can get away with. But then again, I think we are indeed looking at the real world. That issue in itself was disturbing. The author did a ver
Apr 05, 2014 Rita added it
Duplicate entry. I'm reading on a Kindle.
Mar 14, 2014 Taylor rated it liked it
This was a good read. I blew through this one and really enjoyed the writing style. However, it's different from what I'm used to reading. So I think that caught me off guard and why I only gave 3 stars.
Amanda Pendergraff
Feb 24, 2013 Amanda Pendergraff rated it it was amazing
I received my copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads program. This is a great book with a great story. Very easy to read and follow. I love the small town setting where the story takes place. This story shows how one person's word against another's can change the lives of several people very quickly.
Oct 29, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
I was sure if I would like this book or not but I enjoyed it very much. I liked the story being told from the different members of the family and Phoebe, I completely understand how the incident got blown out of proportion . I liked her characters, I was happy with the ending.
Nov 28, 2014 Candace rated it really liked it
This book was very short and an easy read. Although the topic of the book is anything but easy to talk about. I kept getting bored throughout the book. I feel like we needed more details/ stronger story to make the book worth five stars. But all in all- I enjoyed it.
Mar 06, 2013 Juanita rated it liked it
good story line ...shows that when you stick together and don't keep secrets from each other, it makes life less complicated- communication is the key even if its through the eye of a kid(Tilly)..
Jackie Stanton
As Randy Jackson would say, "it was just OK for me". Competently written, decent plot, but it was an unexceptional family drama, especially in comparison to "The Admissions".
Feb 28, 2013 Bert rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me some insight into the social host law, which I wasn't aware of.

I can always count on Goodreads for a good read! Thanks again Goodreads!
Jul 11, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Got this on the clearance rack at the local bookstore. A quick read and a pleasant-enough "chick" book, but nothing particularly memorable about it.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 49 50 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Stargazey Point
  • Love in Maine
  • Somewhere Between Luck and Trust (Goddesses Anonymous #2)
  • And Then I Found You
  • The Guest House
  • The First Lie
  • The Year that Everything Changed
  • The Silence
  • Effie At The Wedding
  • A Wedding in Great Neck
  • The Love Wars
  • Homefires
  • Leaving Haven
  • Ashes (Arson, # 2)
  • The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan Le Fay
  • Revelations (Jane Perry #3)
  • Time Flies
  • Boy 30529: A Memoir
I'm the author of 'A Place for Us,' 'So Near,' 'Local Knowledge' and the just-published 'Bleeding Heart' all from New American Library. My novels are set in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and explore questions of family, marriage, and small town America.

I'm delighted that two of my earlier romance novels 'Changes of Heart' and 'Heart and Soul' have been made available for the first time as e
More about Liza Gyllenhaal...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »