By Elin Hilderbrand
"People are people."
Thoughts: A novel that I was very excited to read fell short from the beginning through to the end. I really tried to enjoy this book as a light summertime read but I felt like the story was being told to me instead of being part of their summer. There were far too many characters that were introduced that only went surface deep with no real conclusion to where their story really ended or where it would lead to. This made every character very shallow.
The novel is supposed to be 'historical' but feels very contrived, as if the author through at the reader every historical reference from that time period. The background of events (civil rights, protests, Vietnam, Ted Kennedy, moon launch, Woodstock) seems very cliché and would have been better if more time was spent on developing the family story.