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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (687 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Cook Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455188796
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There was a time when March Monroe thought that she and her daughter, Olivia, would never really cut the cord. They’d just upgrade to a wireless connection. Now, Olivia is heading off to college, and March hasn’t even told her that she’s decided to continue her own higher education. So it’s hard to say who’s more shocked when they run into each other at a local radio station where, it turns out, they’re both student interns.

Adding to the fireworks are a fourteen-year-old son who probably won’t be speaking to March for much longer, a slightly tired marriage, a midlife crush, and a quantum physics class that just might put March over the edge.

This new novel from the author of Must Love Dogs is an effervescent story of family life that will strike a chord with women of all ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If Must Love Dogs is any indication of her talents, readers will hope that Claire Cook will be telling breezy summer stories from the South Shore of Massachusetts for seasons to come.”

    Washington Post

  • “Her quirky voice and sense of humor are as strong as ever.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “A sweet and humorous suburban domestic comedy with likable characters that will have readers firmly in March's corner.”

    Booklist

  • “In the voice of Carrington McDuffie the characters are sharply defined by Olivia’s haughty pout, March’s strained patience, and Jackson’s lovable yet brutal honesty. Highlights are the multiple-choice questions that begin each chapter, read with wry humor.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/16/2014

    " Cute premise. I loved the multiple choice questions at the beginning of each chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xeyra | 2/14/2014

    " This was a fun and light read. I especially loved the multiple choice questions at the beginning of each chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/11/2014

    " I probably liked this one better listening to than I would have reading. Mom goes back to college the same time daughter does and though they are going to different colleges, they end up at the same radio station doing an internship. This turns into a radio spot for Mom and daughter. I could relate to a lot of things the Mom was going through in her life and in her relationship with her daughter. It was lighthearted and humorous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reca | 2/4/2014

    " This is the first Claire Cook book I've read that involved a happily married woman and I really liked it. It's about a woman with a daughter in college at the same time as when she goes back to school. Of course the daughter wants independence and is mortified when they end up at the same internship. It was a fun and quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Holcomb | 1/27/2014

    " Wow. Way to insult my intelligence, Claire Cook. I took this book with me on a plane trip, thinking it was thin and light. That's the perfect example of the contents, too. Thin and light. Poorly written and I'm sure at a 10th grade reading level. There was no distinctions between the ages, and bad jokes such as forgetting your girlfriends are coming over that night so in a frantic panic putting the cat box in the oven. Really? NO ONE does this--everyone has closets or something. Unbelievable story where amazingly nothing happens, yet happens all at once with no detail. I only kept reading because I had nothing else to do. Never again will I just grab a book without checking out its contents. Just horrible book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/24/2014

    " October 2005 Book Group book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 1/23/2014

    " The story was not that interesting and I did not really like any of the characters or their relationships enough for them to matter to me. I really disliked the two main characters, Olivia and March. Olivia was a spoiled brat and March always played the martyr card and never stopped whining... and frankly, her life did not sound all that difficult. This story was quick and easy to read... it just didn't do much for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 1/18/2014

    " This was a mindless vacation read. It was just OK. Must Love Dogs was her best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tama | 1/15/2014

    " If you have adolescents and especially if mom is returning to school, this is a must read! See your children.....see your spouse....see yourself! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandym24 | 1/11/2014

    " Just ok..not great. No real character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 EJ Johnson | 1/1/2014

    " This was funny. But sad because so many people accept premarital sex and swearing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 12/15/2013

    " The daughter is an unbelievable character, at least I hope she is. The storyline could have been really interesting but I found it dull and very predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leann | 12/7/2013

    " This book kept me interested until the end, even though I could not identify with the spineless main character who let her bratty daughter treat her like a dog. When I got to the end, I thought, "That's all? That's it?" Seemed very unfinished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tari | 11/30/2013

    " Cute story. A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ~mad | 11/20/2013

    " just a beach read - but i read all her stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Fuller | 10/1/2013

    " Quick, funny read about a mother and daughter who are both in college at the same time. Laughed out loud a few times and could definitely relate to the many hats the main character wears throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/15/2013

    " Eh. It was cute and easy to read but I just didn't enjoy it the way I did some of her others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/5/2012

    " Cute, light, easy read. Not much story development, but it was funny in parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sumina | 11/5/2012

    " Read this on the plan again. It was an easy read, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten through it. Too much fluff.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 10/18/2012

    " An ok book. Nothing really wrong with it, just not too much good about it either. Decent beach read, but probably wouldn't have bothered if it wasn't $2.99 at Amazon and I didn't want to have a lot of books here with me the first few months. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 10/16/2012

    " This was a cute book. The main character is the mother, March, of a teenage boy and a daughter who's a freshman in college. March decides to go back to school at her husband's urging and ends up doing an internship at a readio station - the same place her daughter is doing her internship. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 5/11/2012

    " Semi-chick-lit, with delusions of... I don't know, Jane Hamilton? Maybe not quite someone so grandiose, but you get what I'm saying. We have the situations one might find in higher-brow literature, and they attempt to be funny and uncomfortable, and they mostly succeed in being uncomfortable. Blech. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arbkdbarb | 1/30/2012

    " I kept waiting for something to happen. It never did. Save yourself the time and trouble and read something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T.W. Fendley | 1/23/2012

    " Breezy chicklit...enjoyed listening to it in the car. Easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Salazar | 12/14/2011

    " I really enjoy Claire Cook. Thisnos the second book of her's I read. I like that she is realistic, true to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Oram | 10/23/2011

    " I like the way this is set out with the mother-daughter drama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 9/29/2011

    " This book made me A)never want to marry; B)never want children and; C)to slap the crap out of parents who let their kids act like jerks. If this is an accurate portrayal of suburban family life, count me OUT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 7/27/2011

    " perfect example of the relationship between mothers and daughters during the early college years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ala | 7/3/2011

    " It was lighthearted and entertaining, which was the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnne | 5/22/2011

    " I picked this book up because I had enjoyed Must Love Dogs. It was a quick light read, just what I was looking for, but just mediocre. It could have been so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/16/2011

    " Sweet Book but nothing really exciting happens. A basic story about a mother going back to school the same year her daughter becomes a freshman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/1/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book! It was sweet, realistic, and at times had me laughing out loud. Claire Cook really knows how to hit close to home without making her characters seem fake or strained. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 10/6/2010

    " This book made me A)never want to marry; B)never want children and; C)to slap the crap out of parents who let their kids act like jerks. If this is an accurate portrayal of suburban family life, count me OUT. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shari | 10/2/2010

    " This book gives chicklit a bad name. A pointless tale of a mother who returns to college during her daughter's freshman. They end up interning at the same radio station. Nothing much happens in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 8/4/2010

    " Just started this book last night and on chapter 5 I know I already love it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/16/2010

    " Light fluffy chick lit. Just what I was looking for at the moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/18/2010

    " I finished it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Claire Cook is an excellent writer on interesting subjects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/23/2010

    " This was a re-read for me to gear up for Cook's book launching next month. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 3/30/2010

    " I probably shouldnt review this because I didnt get very far, but book was so poorly written and boring that I really just had to stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ala | 3/9/2010

    " It was lighthearted and entertaining, which was the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/25/2010

    " I really enjoy Claire Cook. Thisnos the second book of her's I read. I like that she is realistic, true to life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 2/4/2010

    " The daughter is an unbelievable character, at least I hope she is. The storyline could have been really interesting but I found it dull and very predictable. "

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About the Author
Author Claire Cook

Claire Cook is the bestselling author of Life’s a Beach, Multiple Choice, Ready to Fall, and Must Love Dogs, which became a major movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She has been a judge for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and is a member of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center faculty. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, with her husband, where they are occasionally visited by their borderline adult children and their laundry.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.