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Are We There Yet?

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,435 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself.

Alice Sullivan feels like she's finally found her groove in middle age, but it only takes one moment for her perfectly curated life to unravel. On the same day she learns her daughter is struggling in second grade, a call from her son's school
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 16th 2021 by Berkley Books (first published March 2021)
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Are We There Yet by Kathleen West is a drama filled novel about middle schoolers and their mothers. West pulled me into the story right away and I didn’t want to put the book down. The story is told from multiple perspectives of teenagers and their parents. Three women are best friends until their teenagers start misbehaving and their kids are on opposite sides of an issue. Social media plays a big part of the book, and the children say things they wouldn’t say to someone in person. Social media ...more
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
It's safe to say that when it comes to books, I have a type. Give me a book about misbehaving kids and their worse behaving cliquey moms and I'm pretty much sure to love it! 'Are We There Yet?' has these elements and it totally did not disappoint!!

Three friends - Nadia, Alice, and Meredith - connected while their children were in kindergarten. Now in seventh grade, the women have remained close though their children have drifted apart and pursued their own friend groups and interests. As trouble
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

She felt as if she were watching a television show. This poor mother, she’d say if she were. How could she be so clueless?

“Okay, sweetie!” her mom shouted after her. “Dad and I are here for you.” Sadie scrambled away as if escaping a monster in a horror film.

My Review:

I wasn’t sure I was going to appreciate this book after finishing the first chapter, as the characters were not immediately likable, in fact, they were rather obnoxious. But the wryly-witty writing style pulled me i
Mar 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Le sigh. It’s so hard for me to write this review. I loved Kathleen’s West previous book, Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes. It was such an engaging and thoughtful exploration of parenting, high school, popularity, family, and connection. I was expecting more of the same from Are We There Yet? And while West did manage to create another engaging, emotionally- and situationally-complex story, in the end, my biggest gripe about Are We There Yet? is that I was so disappointed with where the charact ...more
A heartfelt look at parenting and growing up

Alice Sullivan is an interior designer and mom whose nearly perfect life goes off the rails when her son Teddy gets in trouble bullying at school. The same day she learns her daughter Adrian is having trouble keeping up in second grade. Soon Alice learns Teddy is caught up in a social media battle with another kid and she's rapidly being subjected to the judgement of the other moms. This includes her good friend, Meredith, whose daughter Sadie may be m
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Do you ever feel like everyone else has it more together than you? Are We There Yet tells the story of a group of mothers caught up in the never ending pursuit of balance between work, motherhood, marriage, and friendship. I laughed, I empathized, and ultimately I loved seeing the journey of these flawed but relatable women.

I really loved Kathleen West’s last book so I was excited to read Are We There Yet! Similar to her previous novel, West takes a sharp, witty, and ultimately thought-provoking
ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

I really enjoyed this book. It was a beautiful family drama that kept me interested the entire read. The author developed characters that were engaging and believable and an excellent plot that sucked me in, I love when a book can do that.

Are We There Yet? pulls the reader in from the first page because the book is filled with words perfectly chosen to make you feel what each character feels, to see what they see. The author describes them all perfectly for they are vulnerable to t
Jenn Rizzoto
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was my first Kathleen West novel and while there were some things I did enjoy about this book overall, I got a sense of where is this going? and I am not sure we ended up anywhere. There is a lot to unpack with Are We There Yet?

I did like the writing style and that the story is told through multiple points of view, it was an interesting way to keep the story moving and share slices of each character’s perspective. I thought the views from the teenagers were well done and often made me wish
Jennifer  Cutler
You know those books you plow through quickly hoping for a satisfying ending to justify the time you just spent engrossedly reading? This was not that book. Instead, it was a HUGE disappointment - although I did get through it very quickly. I wanted to like it because it's privileged "woke" moms who are clueless about their own kids and their unassuming husbands. The husbands were non-existent and protagonist had the personality of a wet towel. Everyone walked all over her and she never understo ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Though interesting enough to read to the end, this book lost points with me for its clumsiness surrounding adoption issues. The situation presented in this novel warrants a great deal more attention than it received (not to mention being potentially far more interesting than many of the things the author wrote about in detail instead, like interior design). The idea that Evelyn, a psychologist, would think and behave in the ways she did, with virtually no understanding of Alice’s feelings and re ...more
Cindy • leavemetomybooks•
I can see why people like this book, but the whole thing fell flat for me. The plot was predictable, and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. The moms all felt one-dimensional; the kids were not interesting; the dads were nonexistent/duds. I’m a middle-aged mom with a daughter in middle school, so this book and the plot should have resonated with me, but it completely missed the mark. Meh.

I’ll try another book by this author, but this one was not for me.

* Thank you to NetGalley and Berk
Adriana Matzke
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you liked West’s debut novel, you’ll love her second! It’s clever, witty and relevant. Kids make mistakes, parenting is hard and that’s real life!
Robin Loves Reading
In this book that explores the dynamic of family when it comes to troubled kids, we have a story that is mostly told in the viewpoint of Alice Sullivan. However, as the chapters develop in this story, there are five other characters who have chapters. As Alice is in conference with her daughter's teaching, she is shocked to learn that her young daughter Adrian is very far behind in reading, that is disturbing enough. However, finding out that her son Teddy is the class bully is incomprehensible. ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just don't know what to say about this book. It sure held my attention! While I was tempted to DNF during the first quarter of this book, I'm glad I persevered. I wasn't quite sure if this book was supposed to be a farce or not, but the more I read, the more I understood that this is serious business for some mothers -especially the two-income parents and the 'helicopter' style of parenting. Of course, this is just my opinion only, so don't get too ticked at me!

It all starts with a misundersta
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Disclaimer: Many thanks to Stephanie @Berkley for providing review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

Interesting women’s fiction and family drama about mothers struggling with their kids’ precarious junior high transition. It was about parenting, new age, misuse of phone and social media, insecurity, dysfunctional family, friendship.

🌷What I liked-
↪Writing- engaging and gripping.
↪Short chapters fast pace.
↪multiple third person narrative making it easy to kn
Susan Ballard
3.5 / 5

So as I was reading this book I couldn’t help but think, I’m so glad I’m past the teenage years with my kids!

The story centers around three kids in the seventh grade: Teddy, Tane, and Sadie. We hear from the kids, and parents alike, but the parent that is given the most voice is Alice Sullivan, Teddy’s mom.

Alice is a working mom with two kids and whose husband is constantly away for work. When her twelve-year son, Teddy, gets in trouble for pantsing a boy at school, it sets off a downward
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book was basically about every parent’s life that I know with a middle schooler plus a tiny bit of additional drama and judgmental “friends” that no one needs. The characters showed growth at the end of the book, but most of them were pretty unlikeable and self-absorbed throughout. I think the author was going for flawed and nuanced, but took it a bit too far in my opinion. Not too much happened in this book, and it has left me feeling kind of blah. 4.75/10.
Victoria Rodríguez
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that left me reflecting. This book takes place in England. Alice Sullivan finally found her groove. It only takes a moment in her life to unravel. However, that same day she learns that her daughter is having problems at school. Not only that, her son was accused by his school of bullying. Alice does not know what to do. Her son has a new behavior, and she wants to do something about it. One of Alice's fears is giving the image of being a mother who cannot control her children. In additio ...more
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The short chapters and multiple perspectives pulled me right into this dark comedy. This isn't a literary book, so don't go into it expecting to see highly nuanced characters and unexpected plot lines. It's funny and painful (often at the same time), and it dishes out some great commentary on adolescence and social media and adulthood along the way. I just wish there was more Nadia. She was my favorite. ...more
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
A trio of middle schoolers get caught in a chain of events related to bullying, and the adults in their lives scramble to try to diffuse the situation. As the adults try to balance the behavior of their children with their own obligations, they learn things about themselves and one another that surprise everyone. Author Kathleen West writes a story with few likable characters who don’t change nearly enough in her latest book Are We There Yet?.

In a trendy suburb of Minneapolis, Alice Sullivan kno
Shannon Dyer
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
West excels at bringing peoples messy imperfections to life in a way that feels totally real. This book was every bit as fantastic as her first.
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked it.
Beginning kind of slow and sometimes silly...good character development and eye opening to what it’s like to parent in this internet age. Not looking forward to that.
Stef Wade
Jul 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The perfect suburban mom dram! For fans of BIG LITTLE LIES, this book will reel you in, get you angry at society, make you sympathize with the struggles of today’s youth, and create a deep terror of parenting middle schoolers (first one this year, yikes!)

Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
This wasn't the best work of literature I've ever read, but it was an absolute page turner and I read this 300 page commentary on our times in about a day and a half. Parents in an unnamed high achieving Minneapolis suburb (Edina? Of course) freak out at their seventh graders' behavior issues cropping up one fall. Social media plays a huge role and kids make mistakes they regret both for their own reputations and that of their parents.

I always enjoy reading about parenting and child-rearing, an
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I found myself getting emotional about these characters. They are funny and intense and flawed and so REAL. Few authors can alternate between adult and teen voices, but Kathleen West does it with ease and to great effect. Are We There Yet? takes an honest and entertaining look at parenting, teenage life, and the mistakes that make us human. Smart, witty, and fast paced - I was hooked from the first page.
Ilyssa Wesche
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
This was exactly what I thought it would be, very much in line with the author's last book. The right amount of suburban drama, schadenfreude, and parenting mishaps. The grandmother was ridiculous in her expectations of Alice, and I would have reacted exactly as she did at Thanksgiving dinner! And I actually loved the end. ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you were ever worried about the effect of phones and apps on kids, then look no further than this book. We get a look into the lives of three women that forged a friendship when their children were in kindergarten, but now they have hit junior high and things aren't quite the same for any of them especially where the children are concerned. This book includes bullying, the influence of social media, hormones in teenage boys and girls, and just life in today's world.

Outside of the mess the chi

The Short of It:

Suburban moms and junior high drama. I shudder just remembering those days.

The Rest of It:

The transition from grade school to middle school is a big one. Some kids handle it better than others. Some parents, too. Alice feels pretty accomplished. She’s about to be a partner in the design firm she runs with her boss and her kids are both well-adjusted and happy. Her husband Patrick is very successful, although hardly ever home due to work and the mom group she hangs with all have s
Nik's Nook
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

Alice’s life is perfect. She loves her job & her hard-working husband, & her kids are incredible. So, when she goes out for coffee with her friend whose son is deemed a behavioral problem she always feels a bit smug. Deservedly so, she believes, until she gets a phone call from her son’s school that forces her to remove her rose-colored glasses and see her life for what it really is: imperfect, just like everyone else’s.

I'm a sucker for a good domestic drama, and this one had it all. Obliviou
Lauren Hopkins
Jun 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This is exactly what I thought it would be – suburban helicopter mom trash. I knew what I was getting myself into and it worked on most levels as an easy, no-brainer read. Some of the story is even sweet, with the two core moms both finally easing up and letting their kids just be kids. Most of the central drama has to do with the kids, seventh graders entering a world of Finstas and sexts, which read kinda like this author maybe saw an article about how 12-year-olds are sending nudes to each ot ...more
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