The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher’s wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, “Well, it’s not my favorite.” Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.
Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl…a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.
Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don’t know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother’s constant attempts to set her up with “nice Christian boys”; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!
Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She’s forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she’s been seeking or a grand delusion.
Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.
So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!
3.75 Wicked Good Stars
It’s not my favorite is a book about two sisters, each facing struggles in their own daily lives. Rachel and Gwenn Hutchinson were raised by two very strict, religious parents who “want them to marry a good Christian boy” and basically never approved of anything they did or the choices they made. And they never hid their disappointment and continue to make them feel inadequate even into their adult lives. I like to call this emotional/mental abuse. Because for Rachel, who is a lesbian, and out to everyone who knows her EXCEPT her parents, fears telling them the most because she does not want to disappoint them. Gwenn is so messed up she creates an alternate reality in her mind where she was either switched at birth or not the biological child of at least one of her parents.
Things I liked about this story:
The writing was good.
The story was likable and the characters, with the exception of the parents, were likable.
I liked that the story, at it’s core, about these sisters.
The things I disliked about this book:
The POV whiplash I got. You not only got pieces from the POV of the sisters, you get it from various other characters in the book as well. Which…If we were watching a sitcom, like Friends for example, you get parts of a story from all 6 characters plus out lying characters as well. I can deal with it when I am watching TV, but with books, it takes a bit for me to get on board with that style.
Then, you get the sneak peak at book 2…..I have no idea when I will have to time to read it, but I am going to have to simply based on the fact that they introduce another character’s POV, that of one of Gwenn’s exes who…it appears did NOT leave her on a voluntary basis. So OF course I need to know how that plays out even tho I do not want any angsty back and forth for her between Daniel and Steven…..
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.