Book Review: Somebody’s Daughter {Rochelle B. Weinstein}

I absolutely love weekends. Jon is home from work and we try to fill our family time with all kinds of fun family adventures. My kids have sleepovers in each other’s rooms every Friday and Saturday night. Nobody loves going out for breakfast more than I do and we usually try to squeeze that in at least once each weekend. I always get a bit sad when Sunday night rolls around knowing that it will be another week until the 4 of us can have another weekend together filled with fun.

All of this to say that it makes me even more sad that I have been sick for the past 2 weekends and have not left my house once either weekend.  Last weekend, I was convinced that I had food poisoning only to realize a few days later when my daughter got it…and then my husband got it…that it was something a bit more dramatic than food poisoning.  Throughout it all, my son had a miserable cold…which BOTH my husband and I caught over this past weekend.  We were miserable!  At one point he was laying on one couch, I was laying on the other, and we had a box of Kleenex on the table in between us.  I think this was the first time we have been sick like that at the exact same time since we have become parents and it was HARD!  Omg.

I am usually a very happy and optimistic person (I chose the word “happy” as part of my blog domain afterall!) but this winter has been BRUTAL for our family.  Between breaking my elbow, our house being damaged from the polar vortex, and the overall amount of sickness we have had…I am so ready for spring.  Winter is my all time favorite season but this one has been ROUGH.  I’m already looking forward to next winter so that we can have a do over.

My Instagram post from yesterday:

At least I’ve been reading (I’m loving On The Come Up so far)!  Also, our family has been enjoying marathons of children’s baking competitions and America’s Got Talent.  Reality TV is my absolute favorite and I’ll take it in any format that I can, although I really wish my children were old enough to watch The Bachelor with me 🙂

Next weekend the 4 of us WILL go out for breakfast.  And we will be healthy.  And it will be lovely.

Today’s book review is a book I finished last week in between our weekends of sickness doom.  It was a wonderful book, one which I highly recommend.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.

Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.

As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage, a family, and friendships forever.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

4 Stars

Every parent should read this book.  It doesn’t matter how old your children are, the hard truths that are discussed in this book are ones that every parent needs to be made aware of.  This book absolutely terrified me…because it was so REAL.  What happened to this family can happen to any family, anywhere at anytime.  Beyond frightening.

This book made me THINK.  It made me cry.  It made me smile.  It made me want to hug my daughter over and over.  Although I didn’t necessarily agree with all of the choices that these parents made, I can recognize and appreciate that everything they did was out of unconditional love for their family.  Beautiful.

Bottom Line:

I truly think there are certain books which should be required reading for all parents.  This book would be high on the syllabus.

Did you read this book?  What did you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Food Poisoning.

I got food poisoning last week and MOTHER OF GOD was I sick.  Do you follow me on Instagram?  If so, you probably saw my story of a picture of the beautiful table all set for dinner and the words saying that my husband was currently out picking up Chinese food for us.  I had put cute blinking hearts all around it and the caption “Hurry home Jon” on it.  I believe there may have even been a heart eyes emoji?

Jon did in fact come home that night and the Chinese dinner he brought with him was consumed.  It was delicious!  We caught up on This is Us while we ate.  It was quite a lovely evening.

And roughly 4 hours later I became VIOLENTLY ill…and continued to be violently ill for the next 24 hours.

I will spare you the details but I will say that it was absolutely miserable.  I may never eat Chinese food ever again…aaaaand as I typed that sentence I realized how ridiculous that sounds.  It’s my favorite!  I’ll totally eat it again, obviously.  I just need a few days. #mustpushthrough

The only thing I managed to do on Friday was to get myself together enough to drive my daughter to school….only to realize once we got there that there was no school.  I almost started crying in the parking lot!  Thank Goodness my wonderful husband was able to come home from work early that day.  I was truly the worst possible version of myself.

Things I was thankful for as I laid in bed:

  1. The amazing age gap between my children (4 years) allowed my daughter to take care of my son for me.  She fed him his meals, played with him, and gave him all of the attention that I was unable to give.  I could write an entire post on why I personally believe that 4 years is the PERFECT gap in between having children and this was just one more reason I’m so thankful it’s what we chose.  She loved helping and he loved having her take care of him. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if she were not home on Friday to help me with him.  She’s amazing and I’m so lucky!  Bless her school district for having the day off.
  2.  Once my husband came home from work and was able to give both of our children love and attention…I was able to catch up on FIVE episodes of The Bachelor as I laid in bed completely helpless.  That just shows how sick I was…my head was pounding so hard that I couldn’t even read (=my version of hell).  Thank goodness Colton Underwood was able to provide me with all of the entertainment I needed.

To those of you who went to Whimsy Cafe for my storytime on Friday, I’m so sorry I wasn’t there!  A few of you emailed saying you went to see me and I feel horrible that I wasn’t able to be there.

It’s now 4 days later and I’m happy to say that I made it out alive.  Holy hell.

HOWEVER…

Now both of my kids are sick.  My son just has a cold but my daughter is having symptoms very similiar to mine so maybe mine wasn’t food poisoning afterall?  No idea.  Both kids are home from school today so I’ll be watching closely and calling our pediatrician if need be.  My husband has an important work trip today in St. Louis which had been planned for months and he left on an airplane last night. He comes home today and I am COUNTING THE MINUTES.  It’s so awful here!  2 sick kids at the same time is no joke.  Yesterday and last night were BRUTAL. Both kids woke up today feeling better but we are still staying home all day just in case.  I’m exhausted and my coffee is extra delicious (and needed) this morning.  Our day today shall include puzzles, play doh, books, Barbies, and fingers crossed…naps.  For them.  I will read. 🙂

I’m currently reading (and by “currently” I clearly don’t mean today…) this book and it absolutely terrifies me that my 7 year old daughter will one day become a teenager. It is completely unfathomable to me that this is the digital reality in which we now live where situations like this must be happening to teenagers every single day. On a side note, this book is also making me want to live in a fancy hotel. 🙂 I’ve got roughly 100 pages left and loving it so far! I’ll post a full review on the blog when I’m done reading.

In happy news, Book Coffee Happy now has over 1,000 followers on Instagram! What?!? It’s just crazy that so many people actually care about what I think about books. How fun! 🙂

My library called…THIS BOOK is in and waiting just for meeeeeeeeee!  I put it on hold MONTHS ago, long before it was even released (it was released at the beginning of February).  I cannot WAIT to read this one!  I may or may not have been religiously stalking the library website to see how close I have been getting to the front of the queue.  Does anyone else do that?!?  #booknerd

And just because the one and only photo in this entire post is of my Instagram feed, here is a photo of my new mug.  It’s amazing.

Stay healthy, friends.  And please enjoy some delicious Chinese food for me as I’m not sure when the next time I’ll be able to enjoy my favorite meal will be.  Until we meet again, pan fried noodles…*sobs*

Xo,

Jenny

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