A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion

Originally posted 2017-05-06 12:00:32.

A Scattered Life was very strange in that it was not at all what I expected, although I’m not entirely sure what I expected it to be. I won’t go so far as to say that I hated it, but I don’t really get what the point of it was. I don’t think there was one.

Skyla Plinka, whose name evokes thoughts of IUDs and The Price is Right, has the perfect life. With a dependable husband and an angelic daughter, she finally has the stable existence that she has craved since her “scattered” childhood. Skyla’s routine lifestyle is changed forever when she meets Roxanne, the new neighbor with five rambunctious children and no routine whatsoever. The two become fast friends and predictably teach each other much about life and friendship. Sap, sap, sap, and more sap.

The weird thing is that there is more going on than just vomit-worthy sap. For instance, McQuestion has managed to brilliantly craft a mother-in-law that nightmares are made of. Audrey Plinka is easily one of the most hate-able characters that I have ever encountered. She habitually stalks her grown sons to learn about their personal lives, acts with condescension and judgement towards Skyla, and calls Child Protective Services against Roxanne basically for shits and giggles. I commend McQuestion for creating such a deplorable woman, but she fails at generating a satisfying trajectory for Audrey, or for any of the characters, really. The novel was brought to a hasty and awkward conclusion, as if McQuestion had no idea what to do with these people , so she tossed in the most random act-of-God plot twist that she could think of to forego loose ends and just call it a day. You’re still not winning me over here, Kindle Unlimited.

Previously posted on Danetrain.com