Breaking the Bank
MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING
Mia Saul is down on her luck. Dumped by her husband, jettisoned from her job, and estranged from her adored older brother, she and her young daughter, Eden, have had to make a downscale move to a crummy apartment, where their neighbors include a tough young drug dealer and a widower who lets his dogs use the hallways as their own personal litter box...more
This book works on all levels but the strongest parts of it are author Yona Zeldis McDonough's crisp, honest and witty writing and the character of Mia. Despite the unlikelihood and "magic" of an ATM giving out free m ...more
This book meandered quite a bit, and it seemed like the autho ...more
I did however like how th ...more
Mia Saul lives with her ten-year-old daughter Eden in a fourth floor rental in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It's a neighborhood that they love with Prospect Park, the green market, the public library, playground, stores and eateries. Ever since her ex-husband Lloyd left, things have been difficult and it's all Mia can do to keep her head above water. Her beloved Eden has gone beyond vegetarian: the list of things that she refuses to eat grows larger every day. Plus, Eden has been getting into ...more
I loved the twist of the book-- an ATM that spits out extra money where it is needed, with the admonition to "Use it well". This was the heart of the book, and it was handled in an interesting and thought-provoking way.
Through the first half of the book, I liked the character of Mia. As the end approached, and she made more and more choices I didn't like, ...more
super obnoxious, unlikable protagonist
annoying overuse of commas & hyphens
unrealistic cast of side characters
way too perfect ending
a pretty awful book
Skip this one.
I was educated at Vassar College and Col ...more