This was a quick, sometimes enjoyable read. The title more aptly could have read "The Sometimes Mother", as the main character is fortunate enough to have a wonderfully present father.
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is born in a tent at Woodstock to unconventional (read "hippie") parents Cassie and Kirk. As familial responsibilities begin to hit, Kirk becomes a good, responsible father, while Cassie remains volatile, possibly unfaithful, and flighty, disappearing and re-appearing throughout the novel.
Emmons does a good job of portraying the link between a mother's behavior and her daughter's mistakes, as Judy tries her best to fit in with the girls at her school and to live a normal life.
I felt that the story was rather erratic, and moved too quickly in certain parts. It seemed to lack the sort of depth I'd associate with the weighty subject matter, and I had to check to see whether or not it was supposed to be YA rather than adult (in the former case, I'd give the lack of depth a pass, but it is labeled adult fiction.
If you're looking for a rather effortless read, this one would be a good pick.
I nodded mutely. I had seen Barbie dolls on the television, although I'd never actually held one. Mama said they were fascist and paternalistic, designed to turn women into objects. But I thought it better not to mention what Mama thought of Barvie just then. For the first time in my life, I told a lie.
"Sure," I said. "I like Barbies."
And that was how I got my first friends.
I wanted a real mother who stayed and who wasn't crazy and who took care of me, instead of me taking care of her.
I didn't tell the truth, which was that my mother had been crazy and kidnapped me and taken me to a commune and almost died of a drug overdose and then joined a cult.
Writing: 3 out of 5 stars
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Characters: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars
BOOK RATING: 3 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith