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The Trouble with Family (Molly Anderson #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Molly Anderson just found out her dad is getting married to a woman she’s only met once.

Fourteen-year-old Molly had planned to spend the summer before high school reading books, eating junk food, and napping. Instead, she’s forced to spend her days juggling four new family members, a grumpy older brother, a crazy grandmother, and Max, the new boy next door. Having lost her
Published March 3rd 2016 by Loomis Park Press
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May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Trouble With Family

Heather Hobbs

ARC received from the author and For Love of a Book for an honest review.

Molly Anderson can not believe it! Her mom just died in a car accident a year ago and her dad is getting remarried. She has only met Susan once and isn't thrilled with getting three step siblings as well. Can her life get any more messed up? THE TROUBLE WITH FAMILY is written by a 14 year olds point of view. Molly tries to make the best of her situation and as you will learn, that isn't a
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Heather brilliantly choose her narrator to tell this story. Without the eyes and mind of a teenager, this difficult experience would never have come across in the same way.

Molly exemplified the strength and intelligence that can only show through the pure heart of a teenager. *Secretly loved that she's a bookie like me :) I can't imagine losing my mother now at 32, let alone in the delicate stages of adolescent year
Carole P. Roman
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Written from a young teen's point of view, The Trouble with Family is the start of a series about Molly and her determination to make lemonade from the sour situation in her life. Upbeat and sunny, both she and her brother appear like a couple of misfits when compared to their shallow and insensitive father. Their mother dead from a car accident barely a year before, he marries the receptionist where he works, bringing home the added bargain of three angry step-children who wreak havoc in their ...more
Even with this book being written for young teens, I have to say I really enjoyed Molly's story. It was perfectly told, and I loved the characters. Well, I really didn't like some of the characters, but enjoyed that they were so unlikable, if that makes any sense. ;)

Molly's family is going through some big changes, and each member handles it their own way, not always making the best choices... Both the story and characters are very realistic and believable and I love that in a book.
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Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In reading this book it showed that Molly had a hard time believing that her mother has died and then a year later her father decided to marry another women in the process. Plus there is also an extend family there also.

Molly tries hard to get along with her step brother and sister and it does not help. When Molly has to share her room with her step sister and she finds out that her step sister stole her bank card and took her money out of her bank account and that is not right at all. Molly tri
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author through For Love of a Book's Advance Reader Opportunity program.
After about one year of her mother's death, Molly's father marries to someone she barely knows. Spending the first summer with her stepmother, stepbrothers, and stepsister is not easy.
Written from a fourteen-year-old girl's point of view makes this story sounds interesting. What happens to Molly is something the readers can relate to. Her struggle to fit in her new family is writte
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book though it was written for a much younger audience. A sweet book about family and friendship.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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I received the ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book in a day, but simply because it was short. This book is really boring. Short summary: Molly's - she is a main character and a narrator - father re-marries a year after her mother dies, and new weird stepmother brings her three comparably weird children to live with them.

The idea behind the book is that Molly spends summer trying to solve problems caused by her new stepsister and stepbrothers, in
The Trouble with Family allows readers the glimpse of a blended family’s first summer together, told in first-person POV by 14-year-old Molly.
Molly and Ben, her brother, father marries Susan, a divorced mother of three, less than a year after his wife/Molly’s mother died. Not only that, Molly had only met Susan once or twice before the wedding, and her step-siblings are equally unhappy about the arrangement. Molly is forced to share a room with her kleptomaniac stepsister Clara. Susan’s characte
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I read this in one sitting and really enjoyed this book which is the first in the series. The author has written this young fiction book based on a real life story and concerns a fourteen year old girl trying to survive the long summer holidays. Molly is the main character and narrator at the same time.

Molly instead of doing the usual things a teenager would do on that endless period of time is to try to help solve the problems of her new step
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Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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Tracy Herman
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting look into how a teen's world can be turned upside down by a sudden new step-mother and step-siblings. Humorous and insightful. It definitely could be cathartic for teens who have experienced something similar. Recommended for those teen readers.
Some obvious typographical errors.
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Heather was born and raised in Michigan and currently lives in Colorado with her husband and two sweet but poorly-trained dogs. She has a BA in English Literature and a MA in Library Science.