Title: Pretty Little World
Author: Elizabeth LaBan & Melissa DePino
Genre/Audience: Fiction, contemporary, adult
Publication: Lake Union Publishing, 2017
Source: For review
This story is crazy… in a good way. Perhaps you’ll be nodding your head, wide-eyed, like I did when I first heard about it.
The short version: three families live in row homes next to each other. They are best friends as close as family. When one of the families decides they need to move due to space constraints after having their third child, they are presented with a crazy idea: why not build a commune? The families decide to knock down the walls between their homes and live together like one big family. Yep – one of the guys will do all the cooking. Yep – one of the women will watch all the kids. Suddenly, they have ALL the space they need… but it may come with some unforeseen repercussions.
YIKES! Is that what you’re thinking? That’s what I was thinking while cringing through their entire planning process. While in theory, it actually sounds kind of fun, could it REALLY work? Could you really fully combine the lives of three families and have it go smoothly?
As you might expect, some portions of their plan go GREAT! Free childcare? Someone to hang out with all the time? Gourmet meals every night by Leo, the chef? Sign me up!
But also as you might expect, some things may not work out quite as planned. I will say no more.
I found this book to be incredibly compelling. I was rapidly turning the pages because I had to know what would happen with these families and their off the wall idea. I will say that some of it seemed unrealistic and a bit contrived, like certain dialogue and maybe even the idea itself, but it didn’t deter me from enjoying the heck out of this novel. To say it was unique is an understatement. To call it interesting is an even bigger understatement. I got majorly sucked into the drama of life on Emerson Street and in this modern little commune.
Check this one out if you’re as intrigued as I was and want to read something completely outside of the norm.