The Gap Year: Book summary and reviews of The Gap Year by Sarah Bird

The Gap Year

A Novel

by Sarah Bird

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The Gap Year by Sarah Bird
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2011
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From the widely praised author of The Yokota Officers Club and The Flamenco Academy, a novel as hilarious as it is heartbreaking about a single mom and her seventeen-year-old daughter learning how to let go in that precarious moment before college empties the nest.

In The Gap Year, told with perfect pitch from both points of view, we meet Cam Lightsey, lactation consultant extraordinaire, a divorcée still secretly carrying a torch for the ex who dumped her, a suburban misfit who's given up her rebel dreams so her only child can get a good education.

We also learn the secrets of Aubrey Lightsey, tired of being the dutiful, grade-grubbing band geek, ready to explode from wanting her "real" life to begin, trying to figure out love with boys weaned on Internet porn.

When Aubrey meets Tyler Moldenhauer, football idol–sex god with a dangerous past, the fuse is lit. Late-bloomer Aubrey metastasizes into Cam's worst silent, sullen teen nightmare, a girl with zero interest in college. Worse, on the sly Aubrey's in touch with her father, who left when she was two to join a celebrity-ridden nutball cult.

As the novel unfolds - with humor, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and penetrating insights about love in the twenty-first century - the dreams of daughter, mother...

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"Bird's breezy style and spot-on observations of contemporary family life give this headlong story a fizzy energy that carries through to the unexpected conclusion." - Publishers Weekly

"Told from alternating points-of-view, Bird's handling of the familiar parent-teen clash of wills is accomplished with memorable, memorably realistic poignancy." - Booklist

"Not as outrageously comedic or over the top as Bird's How Perfect Is That, this title is wry and funny, with a more grounded story. Sure to please Bird's fans and readers struggling with their own mother-daughter issues." - Library Journal

"Bird's snappy style compensates in part for a slender story with too many cliffhanging chapter ends, but it doesn't excuse the fairy-tale ending. Disappointing. Wit and feistiness collapse into cotton candy." - Kirkus Reviews

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Sarah Bird Author Biography

Sarah is the author of nine novels. The ninth, Above the East China Sea, was published in 2014. Sarah has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers series; a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember list; Elle Magazine Reader's Prize; People Magazine's Page Turners; Library Journal's Best Novels; and a National Magazine Silver Award for her columns in Texas Monthly. In 2012 Sarah was voted Best Austin Author for the fourth time by the readers of the Austin Chronicle; was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame; and received the Illumine Award for Excellence in Fiction from the Austin Library Foundation. In 2013 she was selected to be The University of Texas' Libraries Distinguished Author speaker, and was ...

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