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I Was Told It Would Get Easier

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Squashed among a bus full of strangers, mother-daughter duo Jessica and Emily Burnstein watch their carefully mapped-out college tour devolve into a series of off-roading misadventures, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

Jessica and Emily Burnstein have very different ideas of how this college tour should go.

For Emily, it’s a preview of
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Published June 16th 2020 by Berkley Books
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Melissa ~ Bantering Books
Quick! Raise your hand if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan. (I am! I am! I am!)

Come on now. Don’t be shy. I know I’m not the sole remaining devotee of the show. 😉

I still, to this day, watch Gilmore Girls reruns. I love the unique relationship between Lorelai and Rory. I enjoy the snappy, witty dialogue. I wish Stars Hollow existed, so I could visit it. And when I was much younger . . . and single . . . Jess Mariano made for my ideal bad-boy boyfriend.

I have a feeling that if Abbi Waxman were here with
Miranda Reads
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Miranda by: Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
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“Beauty always fades, but it lasts so much longer if you lay a thick layer of intelligence and integrity underneath it.”
Jessica is a one-woman powerhouse. Lawyer and mother, she's t
Abbi Waxman explores a mother-daughter dynamic in this humorous coming of age story of a college tour that whilst seeing miss-steps, goes on to see them reconnect, understand each other better, with both developing a stronger sense of self as a result. 45 year old single mom, Jessica Bernstein, is a high powered lawyer and partner at a prestigious LA law firm, a position she has gained by sacrificing spending more time with the apple of her eye, her 16 year old daughter, Emily. Jessica feels she ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet, sassy, emotional, entertaining story about #metoo movement dances with tight pressure about college applications, generation gap, communication breakdown and sweet mother and daughter’s journey about breaking the barriers and reforming their tight family bonds!

I’m a big fan of the author’s incredible sense of humor and original approach to help us get lost in her characters’ different functioning minds. I liked two versions of a mother and daughter’s POVS to the same events emphasizing th
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was fine! Not a necessarily a new favorite, but as someone who is about to go back to school for the first time in seven years (😬😬😬), it was fun to read about the pre-college experience/excitement and I definitely recommend if you want something light and and fun to dip into!
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

"The Beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - B.B. King

Kids, inevitably they grow up. But before they do, they leave that cute cuddly phase and enter the eye rolling, talking back, pushing the limits phase which occurs right before flexing their wings and leaving home. In this book, successful attorney and single mother, Jessica is looking forward to the college tour she and her daughter are about to embark on. She hopes that they will do some bonding, spen
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
After having loved quirky Nina Hill and her bookish life, I could not wait to see what Abbi Waxman brought us next in I Was Told It Would Get Easier.

Emily has her sights set on college when she and her mother, Jessica, schedule a big college tour all over the east coast.

Jessica is excited about the tour with her daughter, thinking they’ll have time to bond and reconnect before Emily leaves the nest. They have grown apart as often happens with teen daughters; friends becoming more important. Jess
Abby Waxman does it again! This was another humorous, relatable, entertaining, and brilliant book! I had the pleasure of meeting Abbi Waxman at a book event this past year and she is as delightful and funny as you would think. Now I think I will be in the minority on this but I found this book even more relatable than Nina Hill. While I really understood Nina‘s love for books, I’m not really introverted. I do however completely understand the complicated dynamics of the mother daughter relations ...more
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May 11, 2020 rated it liked it

Truly a case of “It’s me and not you!”

Lawyer and Single Mom Jessica, and her 16 year old daughter Emily
are about to spend a week together, touring potential colleges.

Emily doesn’t want to go college, but she hasn’t told her Mother yet.

She does however, want to get away from her school and a “sticky situation”so she figures a week away might be good..

This was a VERY dialogue driven story, told from the alternating perspectives of Jessica and Emily.

Mother and daughter both have a witty “s
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library, 2021
I love being a mom, and when Emily was little, it was wonderful. She was a fat, round, good-humored baby, like sunshine dipped in butter. When she said her first word, and it was Mom, I felt like I won the lottery.
Sometimes she has so much faith in me it freaks me out. Unconditional love is cool and everything, but not when you suspect you’re unworthy of it.
I Was Told It Would Get Easier tells the story of Jessica and Emily Burnstein, a 45-year-old single mother and her 16-year-old daughter,
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jessica Burnstein is a single mum to Emily and a very successful attorney in Los Angeles. Emily is 16, considering her future, is not enamoured of school or the idea of college though she is hardworking. The two go on an organised college tour of prestigious east coast colleges with other aspiring parents. The story is told in alternating perspectives by Jessica and Emily.

This is an enjoyable read with some smart, funny dialogue with plenty of irony. Jessica is a principled high achiever and is
Larry H
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Who knew that a week-long trip to look at colleges would be so full of drama?

There’s an old “Far Side” comic which had a split screen of a man and a woman. The man is thinking about the woman, wondering if she's thinking about him, too. The woman is thinking about ice cream. The caption of the comic is “Same Planet, Different Worlds.”

I thought of that comic a lot while reading Abbi Waxman’s new book, I Was Told It Would Get Easier .

Jessica has worked hard to provide a co
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I Was Told It Would Get Easier is all about how . . .

Parenting teenagers is something of a shit show.

Jessica and her daughter Emily are taking a week long trip with a group of other parents and children to tour various East Coast colleges. The intention was for a bonding experience, but not only do Jessica and Emily seem to no longer speak the same language, but Jessica is dealing with multiple work crises and Emily is waiting
Amy Imogene Reads
3.5 stars!

A mother-daughter college tour that tests their relationship in hilarious ways—with a few surprises along the way.

Humor: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★ 1/2
POV transitions ★★

Jessica Burnstein doesn't know how to talk to her daughter anymore. She barely understands her, she's not sure how to help her understand that all she wants is for Emily to be happy, and she sure as heck isn't sure how to fix where they are now.

Emily Burnstein doesn't know how to talk to her mother anymore. She doesn't unde
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss2020
I was Told It Would Get Easier is a sweet, heartwarming and extremely entertaining story of what it's like to be a teenager in the modern world and what it's like to be that teenager's mother.

Jessica Burnstein is a 45year-old high-powered lawyer and a single mum by choice. It is impossible not to love this character. Jessica is smart, witty (actually, the beginning of the book reminded me of stand-up comedy), kind, supportive, humble, and strong. She stands up for two of her female colleagues wh
The most interesting part about this book was that I could relate to BOTH, the teenage AND the parent side. And seeing these two (mother and daughter) analyze each other was quite entertaining.

I think I could write an essay about all the things that were incredibly well done throughout this book. The story didn’t just feel real, it was real! Because I can attest to most everything either side had to say about the other.

The back and forth between teenage daughter and single mom was very much the
Madison Warner Fairbanks
I Was Told it Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman
Contemporary fiction. Chick lit.
A mother and teen daughter deal with their relationship with each other and their current life issues during a scouting college trip.
Alternating chapters from both the mother and daughter’s point of view.
Well written from both perspectives showing work and life conflicts of a teenager on the verge of adulthood and a mother with career questions.

I loved the story and the relationships. True to life arguments and self d
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

To start off...I loved the idea of a book centered around a mother and daughter going on a college tour road trip together. Jessica, the mother, is an extremely successful lawyer who hardly sees her daughter anymore. Emily, on the other hand, isn't even sure if college is her thing. Of course, being that Emily is a wonderful teenager, there is a lot of bickering and fights along the way.

The chapters were told in alternating POV's, and that's one of my favorite ways to read a story. It
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I definitely preferred I Was Told It Would Get Easier to Waxman's last novel, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, even though, judging solely by their synopses, you would think the latter would have been more my speed.

At its heart, this is a book about mothers and daughters and how they navigate the relationship between them—though it does tackle other subjects too, like the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance, being female in a male-dominated industry, and the competition surroun
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 Teenage Angst Stars

This tale has us along for the ride as a single mom and her teenage daughter swing through the East Coast on a guided college tour trip. The chapters alternate voices between the mom Jessica, a successful lawyer who works way too many hours; and her daughter Emily, who is not sure she wants to go to college, but it seems like the path that everyone is taking. It is interesting to see how the same events are interpreted differently by them.

At the start of the
"It's just as well parents get a decade of cute and cuddly children before they turn into teenagers, otherwise humans would have died out long ago."
So, my 16-year-old son, who I thought would be the exception to the teenager stereotype, has in fact become that which I feared. It's not all bad, but I do very much miss my sweet boy. This is the natural order of things, and I must grow along with him and understand that these years aren't easy. Afterall, I remember how I felt about my
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
A fun heart warming and sometimes funny story about the bonds between mothers and daughters. I loved the strong sense of girl power in this as well as what it takes to keep a family going in these times and also be a working women in a sometimes very much, male dominated world.

Woman has a wonderful ability to dive into tough subject matters with quirky characters and very real feeling situations and events and still inject a fun loving sense of humor along with all the tough serious heart felt
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I was needing a small break from the crime and thriller books that are my normal read. After reading and loving Nina Hill last year I was excited to read the new book by Abbi Waxman. It was exactly what I hoped it would be and more. A fun and relatable read to clear my head this week.

This is the story of a mother and daughter travelling on a college tour of the East Coast. Jessica is a single mother who works in a high pressure, long hours job as a lawyer in LA. She does everything for her daugh
Catherine Woodward
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
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Man I love Abbi Waxman so much! Last year when I read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill I knew she was going to become an autobuy author for me, and she definitely didn't let me down with I Was Told It Would Get Easier. This book is filled with humor, mother-daughter bonds, and wonderful friendships and it made me smile, laugh, and tear up (this was at the end) the entire time I was reading. I ended up listening to the audio and Lisa Flanagan & Bailey Carr did such an amazing job voicing Jessica and ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: march-2020
I received an Egalley from Berkley Romance in exchange for a honest review.

After reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, I was so excited to read Abbi's next book. Like super excited. Nina Hill was so romantic, funny, uplifting, and the perfect feel good novel and after the whole mess the world has gone through, I thought I Was Told It Would Get Easier would be the same realm.

It kind of was? But it fell flat due to an overdone story line. A mother and daughter who grew apart because one is in t
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A timely novel featuring a single mother and her sixteen-year-old daughter on a weeklong tour of east coast colleges. Includes college admissions issues applicable to recent news and #genderequality elements. I really enjoy Abbi Waxman's style. This is quite different from "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill," but the quirky humor underlying the narrative is very similar. In this new book, the juxtaposition of mom and daughter POVs shows many of the situations from both sides and WE know before they ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed Waxman’s books, each one has been better than its predecessor, her humor hits just the right note.

Until this one.

It felt as if she was trying too hard to be funny or maybe it’s because half of the narrative came out of a teenager’s mouth and as she writes in her acknowledgements, raising teens is a sh*t show…BUT I’ll take humor in any form these days, so I finished it. Not the best, not the worst.

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Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I could so relate to Jessica! :)
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