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Book Review: Everything Is Just Fine


Everything is just Fine by Brett Paesel– Coach Randy is working mightily to keep it together, and not simply with his vaguely unhappy wife, distant child, and a new boss who’s eliminating half the sales force. This season’s soccer parents are a demanding bunch. Diane’s wine-fueled group e-mails are almost unintelligible; team mom Jacqui’s enthusiasm for the league verges on manic; a divorced couple can barely conceal their murderous rage at each other; and another mom is laser-focused on schooling everyone on what constitutes a healthy snack option.
All the secrets and lies bubbling below the surface of their membrane-thin civility threaten to combust when Alejandro, a young, foreign assistant coach refuses to play by the Beverly Hills code, which is to mind your own business and don’t look too deeply into anyone’s soul. Especially your own. Brett Paesel brings hilarity and huge heart to a world that looks enviable and shiny on the outside but is, in truth, filled with aching for connection on the inside.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: April 9, 2019

Acquired: Pubic library e-book

Series: N/A

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: If you have kids who have played in youth sports- recreational, club, or school leagues included- you will totally understand this book. You will nod your head, you will chuckle, you will cringe, and you will feel outrage. This is truly a book for anyone who has experienced the politics of youth sports. I laughed so hard while reading this because I was picturing people from my own life as the characters. I really enjoyed the contrast between the characters and having those contrasts and differences displayed in email form was genius because it added an additional dimension to the story. It does get a bit darker towards the end of the story but that was needed for balance, in my opinion. I definitely recommend this one!

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