As part of the Valentine PR Release Blitz
Avery Flynn & Tracy Wolff
March 30, 2021
Back in the Burbs by Avery Flynn & Tracy Wolff is now live!
Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months–ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.
But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.
Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.
Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.
There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just…done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do.
First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer.
Back in in the Burbs by Avery Flynn and Tracy Wolff begins like a case of verbal diarrhea in which the narrator spews forth every thought she’s ever had in long unwieldy sentences that grow increasingly monotonous. At one point, I have may have rolled my eyes more than the characters with their kaleidoscope eyes.
And then something happened.
Mallory Martin. She stopped being a caricature of every rambling, somewhat spacy narrator that’s graced the pages of conversationally-styled novels in recent years and became more. She’s flawed but re-finding herself. She snarky but sensitive. She’s a realistic character warring with her feelings and slowly coming to terms with the fact that she lost herself, lost who she was, and needs to find that person. And as she does, our love for this character grows.
Tax lawyer Nick ranks right up there with some of my favorite book male main characters. He’s a good guy, always looking out for people, even people who may not deserve it. He will always be a good guy and there’s something wonderful about reading about a guy like this in a book world of Neanderthal-types.
As I read, I enjoyed. Laughed, cried, smiled. This feel-good book won me over and I will be first in line if Avery Flynn and Tracy Wolff pen another novel together.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies