If you are a parent of small children, do not read this book.
I love Jo Knowles. I think she's a brilliant writer, and whenever she comes out with a new book, I don't even bother to check what it's about--it's an instant Must Read for me. That was the case with this book, too. I was so excited for a new Jo Knowles book. I dove in, and got immersed in her pitch-perfect characters and middle grade voice. There were all these lovely bits and elements, and I was looking forward to seeing where it was going.
And then the unthinkable happened.
I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it yet, but this book takes my absolute worst nightmare as a parent, and examines it, dissects it, explores it, pokes all the corners so I couldn't get away from it.
I tried to keep reading, because I wanted to see how everything would work out, but it was hard to read because I kept sobbing. I couldn't even talk about it without crying. I don't think I'll be able to finish this book.
If you do not have small children, read this book. Jo Knowles is a lovely writer, and this book is no exception to her excellent canon. But if you do have small children, stay away, unless you like to torture yourself.