When Kevin Gogarty’s irrepressible eighty-three-year-old mother, Millie, is caught shoplifting yet again, he has no choice but to hire a caretaker to keep an eye on her. Kevin, recently unemployed, is already at his wits’ end tending to a full house while his wife travels to exotic locales for work, leaving him solo with his sulky, misbehaved teenaged daughter, Aideen, whose troubles escalate when she befriends the campus rebel at her new boarding school.
Into the Gogarty fray steps Sylvia, Millie’s upbeat home aide, who appears at first to be their saving grace—until she catapults the Gogarty clan into their greatest crisis yet.
This kind of had the feel of a Fredrik Backman novel, and I love his novels! Millie and her thought processes are hysterical! She’s not quite as funny as Stephanie Plum’s grandmother, but it’s close.
I frequently wanted to thump Kevin on his head, but at least his heart is in the right place. Aideen was moderately annoying, but then again, she’s a teenager, so that’s not a surprise. I enjoyed this novel a lot, although I could see the issues with Sylvia coming. This was a very pleasant read!
Rebecca Hardiman Lives in New Jersey. Good Eggs is her debut novel.
(Galley courtesy of Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.)