I Was Told It Would Get Easier by: Abbi Waxman

Publication Date: June 16, 2020

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

Squashed among a bus full of strangers, mother-daughter duo Jessica and Emily Burnstein watch their carefully mapped-out college tour devolve into a series of off-roading misadventures, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

Jessica and Emily Burnstein have very different ideas of how this college tour should go.

For Emily, it’s a preview of freedom, exploring the possibility of her new and more exciting future. Not that she’s sure she even wants to go to college, but let’s ignore that for now. And maybe the other kids on the tour will like her more than the ones at school. . . . They have to, right?

For Jessica, it’s a chance to bond with the daughter she seems to have lost. They used to be so close, but then Goldfish crackers and Play-Doh were no longer enough of a draw. She isn’t even sure if Emily likes her anymore. To be honest, Jessica isn’t sure she likes herself.

Together with a dozen strangers–and two familiar enemies–Jessica and Emily travel the East Coast, meeting up with family and old friends along the way. Surprises and secrets threaten their relationship and, in the end, change it forever.

My Review

This is the story of a mother/ daughter relationship that invokes memories of Gilmore Girls and Golden Girls. The bond between mothers and daughters are a very unique thing. It is different for every person, of course, but when you think about the pop culture mother/ daughter relationships, you can now include Jessica and Emily.

As a girl mom myself, I related to this book in many ways. Teenage girls are a fickle bunch and can love you one minute and loathe you the next. Throw in a college tour road trip with a group of almost strangers and the chaos begins. How far is too far for a mother to push her daughter when it comes to college decision making? How does a daughter tell her mother, the only parent she has, that she isn’t even sure she wants to go to college? What happens when an old flame starts hitting on you in front of your daughter?

This was such an enjoyable read, as is anything by Abbi Waxman. I loved the dynamic between both Jessica and Emily and the other peers in this group.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

I received this E- ARC from the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

One thought on “I Was Told It Would Get Easier by: Abbi Waxman

  1. I think I enjoyed this one even more than The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. I loved the story, the characters, the mother/daughter relationship. At this point, the author might actually become an auto read author for me. 😁

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