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Ratings and Book Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot. Her husband is living with a woman half his age and just announced that they are having a baby. Ivy is a widow whose savings has quickly dwindled thanks to the bad economy.

She can no longer afford to live on her own and moves in with her daughter Joanie. Caroline is a typical teenager, dealing with her parents divorce, living with her grandmother and being a pea in the very big pond known as High School. What all 3 of these women have in common is that they are trying to find their place in the world and with each other.

I enjoyed reading Women on the Verge. The tone is light, funny and sometimes snarky. The story is told from 3 POVs - Joanie, Ivy and Caroline - so that you get a bird's eye view of what each character is thinking. The character I could relate to the most is Caroline. She doesn't connect with her mother and grandmother.

She only has one friend. And she tries to avoid her father completely.

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I could understand why Joanie's relationship with Ivy was tenuous. Ivy undermines Joanie constantly. She insults her in an infuriating passive-aggressive manner.

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There was a scene where Joanie finally gave into her anger with her mother and I was happy that she did. Although, I felt sympathy for Joanie, I felt that she was so consumed by her own misery that she couldn't or wouldn't see her daughter's misery. And in typical teenage fashion, Caroline started acting out. I felt that the "breakthrough" for these women was a little anti-climatic.

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Towards the end, they do come together and start to see each other in a different light. I felt that the ending was just the beginning for Joanie, Ivy and Caroline. I would have loved to have read more about these women working through their issues with themselves and each other. Note: I love the cover. Very original and cute. Caroline, a 15 year-old, checks every morning to see if her breasts have grown and worries about never losing her virginity.

Her mother, Joanie, is trying to recover from her husband walking out on her and compelling her to enter the workforce when she hasn't held a regular job since college. Finally, you have Ivy, the grandmother, who takes up shoplifting to lift her spirits. Take this combination and add a runaway father with a pregnant girlfriend who thinks that Caroline should be her new best friend and you should have an entertaining book. Unfortunately, it falls a bit short of expectations.

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From Joanie: "What was worst of all to Joanie was that Zoe hadn't seen anything special in her. A shopworn, middle-aged housewife whose husband had dumped her. A feminist cause to be championed.

A little social experiment in doing good. From Ivy: "Depression. Maybe it wasn't a mental illness anymore. It was what they now called old age.


She also has a crush on a boy at school that doesn't even know she exists From Caroline: "Yes, that was it. This book is funny and sad and it was a quick read. However, I was disappointed in the ending. Maybe it was me, but I felt that it just stopped. I wanted to know how they all turned out after they discovered themselves and confronted those people that didn't understand them.

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