Alice has been sent to babysit Mimi, a reclusive author famous for the novel she wrote thirty years ago. She needs to write another, because her crookAlice has been sent to babysit Mimi, a reclusive author famous for the novel she wrote thirty years ago. She needs to write another, because her crooked financial manager ran off with all of her money. "Don't let her scare you off," says Mr. Vargas, Mimi's editor and Alice's Boss. When she meets Frank, Mimi's 9 year old son, with a head stuffed full of facts and a devotion to old movies and antique costumes, and Xander, their here today, gone tomorrow handyman and sometimes father figure, Alice realizes she's gotten herself into more than she might be able to handle. Navigating Mimi's disdain, Frank's trouble at school, and Xander's sultry charm puts Alice smack in the middle of rapid fire disasters. This novel about how people become entwined, for good or ill, can be hilarious and heartwarming, and the interpersonal puzzles portrayed are intruding until the end.
I didn't particularly like this title, because Mimi is dismissive and bitchy, Xander is fickle and unreliable, and both of them gaslight the fuck out of Alice and constantly disappoint Frank, the kid they all insist they love. The narrative seems to suggest that bad things happen to good people, but we don't see much of the good in either Mimi or Xander, except that Xander is sexy. And, just as Frank's endless factoids make Alice zone out, they made me zone out as well. The hot mess factor keeps the plot turning, But Mimi and Xander remain resolutely immature, but the ending feels hollow more than unresolved....more