This book I finished reading the other night. I found the publisher's synopsis to be most appropriate.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes - just maybe - lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hanna finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky - or just pathetic?" None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehaviour alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most - but she doesn't know yet whether she'll find the courage to go after it.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Some days, certain chapters I read, I felt like I was trudging through it, instead of flying through the pages as usual. It was well-written and the characters developed enough. Mostly, I think the book made me feel kind of sad, but was still good (if that's possible.) That's probably why I stuck with it, there was enough intrigue to see what happened in the end to want to continue. What I did find irritating was how each chapter jumped in time- I always had to re-calculate how old she was. (And I am not a math person!)The book is told in 3rd person, until the last chapter, which is told in first. I have not read the author's first novel (Prep), which many other reviews have said is much better.