I knew from reading the blurb that this was a story that was going to hit close to home. However, I didn’t realize just how long I would be thinking about it after I finished reading.
Emma and Bobby Ross are enjoying life. They have two wonderful daughters, Zoe and Lily who are about to turn fifteen. They live in the hotel they run and have the beach in their backyard. The hotel employees are their friends and the guests are like family. Life is great.
But on the evening of their daughter’s fifteenth birthday party, an explicit video of a very private moment is sent to everyone they know and within days it has gone viral.
The family doesn’t understand who would do this to them….and why? Everyone deals with what happened in very different ways. Bobby is angry and wants someone to pay. Lily and Zoe are horrified and embarrassed and Emma is trying to make sure that everyone else is okay while also dealing with memories that this situation has triggered in her.
“Shame is a dirty, dark secret that knees you in the stomach again and again and again”
Will the Ross family fall apart completely or will they be able to come together and support each other through this very emotional ordeal?
This was an excellent read!
This novel is very relevant. Things like this are happening every day. I could understand a lot of what the mother was feeling. I am now the mother of an eighteen-year-old. Technically my daughter is an adult, but I can see how much she still needs me (though she may not always think so). It’s scary. Have I done a good job? Have I prepared her enough? Unfortunately, no matter how much we prepare them, they will make mistakes. How we react to those mistakes is also extremely important.
We talk to our kids about the dangers of drugs, drinking etc. However, now we must add the dangers of technology to that list. Their brains are still growing and many won’t yet have a firm grasp on impulse control.
In my opinion, the author did a fantastic job of shining a light on important issues while still telling a good story. I enjoyed getting to know the Ross family. I was engrossed in their lives and anxious to see how things would work out. I felt the writing was realistic and not sensationalized. She handled the issues with respect and sensitivity while still getting some important messages across.
Overall, this was an honest, relevant and noteworthy read that I think many readers will relate to. I look forward to reading more from Rochelle Weinstein.
I’d like to thank Lake Union Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.