1988. 12-year-old Harper Richardson's parents are divorced. Her mum got custody of her, the Mini, and five hundred tins of baked beans. Her dad got a mouldering cottage in a Midlands backwater village and default membership of the Lone Rangers single parents' club. Harper got questionable dress sense, a zest for life, two gerbils, and her Chambers dictionary, and the responsibility of fixing her parents' broken hearts. Set against a backdrop of high hairdos and higher interest rates, pop music and puberty, divorce and death, What a Way to Go is a warm, wise and witty tale of one girl tackling the business of growing up while those around her try not to fall apart.
This was a sweet book. Harper was a happy tween, well as happy as tweens can be. She has a bit of snark, sort of. She loved music. She wanted pets. And so the story begins.
We follow her going between her mother's house to her father's on weekends. Her father goes to a club for single parents and their kids. Her mother loves shoes and is trying to do her best to keep their house.
But it's not sweet all the time. There is a bit of heartache and loss. Though it's never sad. Do not worry. Well not crying sad. Just, life sad. And there are secrets.
I enjoyed it. Harper has a nice way of looking at life. I can't say too much about the story without spoiling the whole thing. I mean she is just living her life.
Also, I did like that it was set in the 80s. Not that I remember a lot from the 80s, but hey everything got here 5 years later anyway ;)'
Good book and one that fits everyone.
I had a pink one!
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 7th 2016 by Atlantic Books