Title: My Townie Heart
Author: Diana Sperrazza
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble
Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture reaches its peak in the 1970s, and is living back home with her parents and her sister. She can’t deny the embarrassment that she has failed and the fact that she’s now trapped in the blue-collar town she so hoped to escape.
But Laura soon finds that her sister, a fierce survivor of a childhood attack who has rather foolishly gotten pregnant, needs her help, and she unexpectedly finds love with a local guy. Even though the school offers to reinstate her scholarship, leaving home again suddenly gets harder. She’s torn between dreams of a new countercultural life and the undertow of a dysfunctional family. As the conflicts in her life threaten to drag her under, Laura grows agoraphobic. How can she reconcile her divided loyalties and find her genuine life?
This was a quick read. It’s your typical coming of age story. Laura goes to college to get away from her small hometown. However college is not all it seems and she ends up back at home.
While some things change some stay the same. Laura is now helping her sister who is always the wild one that is now pregnant. Laura also falls for a local boy but she has dreams of leaving her local town once and for all. Laura struggles between taking care of her family or doing what she needs for herself.
I didn’t find this book to be all that thrilling or exciting. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.