“Among the Ten Thousand Things” Julia Pierpont

Rated 2 stars ** ARC. EBook. Random House. Published July 7, 2015.

AmongTheTenThousandThingsEleven-year-old Kay Shanley didn’t expect to find out her father was having an affair when she decided to open a box, which was addressed to her mother. Instead of a birthday present she found erotic emails from her father’s jilted lover, which she shared with her fifteen-year-old brother Simon. While Kay didn’t fully understand the box’s contents, Simon was furious and demanded an accounting from his mother Deb.

For her part Deb waffled between hating Jack and hating her part in his infidelities. Jack, the source of all the problems, didn’t seem to feel he’d done anything too wrong and was quite nonchalant about the whole situation.

As each family member dealt with Jack’s infidelities in their own way, they create a checkered view of the Shanley household which, at times, left me scratching my head. It felt as if each family member, except for Simon, walked around with a paper bag attached to his or her heads – unwilling to face reality.

I didn’t particularly care for this book, but will leave it up to you to decide if you want to Read it or Not.


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