Why did I love this book?
I loved this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Any book that does both is on my list of keepers, and Lydia Millet did both so well. She created characters I care about and put them in situations that kept me turning pages.
The plot revolves around a group of kids vacationing with their parents who were friends in college and have reunited for the first time. The narrator, a teenager, describes the adults in less than flattering terms, especially when a hurricane descends on their rented mansion.
Millet portrays the absurdity of ignoring what is right in front of us. She deftly leads us to the ending, which is somehow both heartbreaking and hopeful. It touched me deeply, and I have thought about it often.