Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
304 Pages
Reviewed on 09/17/2013
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

For whatever reason, I've become a huge fan of audio books lately. I think it comes from starting a new job where I'm working 10-12 hours a day, and there just doesn't seem to be enough time to settle down and actually spend time reading. Instead, I listen in the car, while working out, and even while cooking.

Keats Sedlack is having an emotional crisis. Unlike other girls her age, the meltdown is all about family. Her parents are divorcing, her dad's health is getting worse, and her family hates the guy she's been dating for 10 years. Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts is a fun and meaningful exploration of family relationships. Even though Keats is in her mid-twenties, the book has definite coming-of-age themes that really make her grow as a character. I loved it!

What I loved most was how funny the story is. You kind of get the idea that it's going to be fun from the title alone, but once you're into the meat of the story, Claire keeps you laughing, all while keeping things meaningful and sentimental at the same time. I give a gold star and a solid 5-star rating to Claire LaZebnik for her creative and sweetly realistic dive into the life of an American family.