Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mom on the Road by Allyson Ochs Primack

3.5 Star

Shortly after she turned forty, Maggie Stevens took an unexpected journey that changed the course of her life. She didn't decide to visit all of the Earth's rain forests or spend months roaming through the African desert. It was not for scientific research nor was it for purposes of investigative journalism. Maggie’s journey took place in the most unlikely of places: on a bus with a bunch of actors. Think "Almost Famous," except instead of a teenage boy, it was a pre-pre-menopausal mom of three. Forced to face all of her fears on the road, Maggie must figure out how to get back the one thing she lost many years ago: herself.

Sabrina-Kate - 3.5 Star

Though this story was not quite what I was expecting, I did enjoy getting an insider's view of life on the road with a star as their mother. Though this is a work of fiction, the fact that the writer did just that is obviously apparent in the book with all of the detail they are able to provide. 

The book was a little slow at first but I liked how the main character went through her life relating it it to popular culture, whether it be with a song or a show. This helped me to relate to the character and her life.

I liked how the story built up through each decade of her life and then culminated with his life as a mom. The anecdotes of adulthood and being a mother certainly added to the story though the story was not quite what I had expected. I am not sure being on the road with kids would be so enjoyable. Even short trips have their trials so I am not sure I bought the whole story.

Despite my misgivings, this is a fun tale that I think could be an enjoyable road trip read.

Thank you to the author for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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