I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
They opened up their world to us, these lives of preschool parents. You wouldn’t think their lives would be so shattered or fragile but they were carrying many concerns on their shoulders and still trying to remain strong as they walked among the crowds. Each character was unique, each wanting their own part while some wanted to dance in the limelight using their voice to carry a strong message. I tried to find myself in the many characters, as for me it’s entertaining, to put myself in their positions. Madeline is a take-charge woman which is a trait I find myself in more than I would like. Madeline uses this trait not for power or for controlling issues but because she is really good at it. Madeline is successful because she knows how to motivate individuals, knows how to handle different situations and she doesn’t give up. Just reading her storyline had me energized. I thought of Jane as a shy, young mother. She steps in when she needs to and she’s quick. I think I am bit like her. Her son Ziggy is immediately scrutinized as a troublemaker as another kindergarten child claims he choked her. Jane believes her son when he claims he didn’t do it. Its preschool folks, how much drama can there be? This event is just the beginning and now we have a dividing line; the families who support Ziggy and the families who support Annabelle. It may seem petty but kids can be mean and these parents have lives outside of school which we are allowed into. These lives sometimes cross and other times, the drama they contain is almost too much for their own household. The lives of Perry and Celeste; they were perfect yet when we removed the screen, what lies beneath is far from perfect. These types of books remind me that nothing is ever what it seems; there is always something hidden underneath or something that has not been discovered. This was an enjoyable read and highly recommended.