My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jonathan Caine works in trading on Wall Street and has made it his life’s mission to always have the latest and best that one can obtain. Growing up Jonathan always thought his father was just average and weak which made him strive to obtain his millions, his trophy wife and possessions. But when a client wants to pull out his investment Jonathan makes some questionable moves that get him fired from his firm and at risk of jail time for illegal trading.
Having nowhere to go and losing everything he’d always thought made him what he was, including his wife, Jonathon heads back to his hometown to spend time with his ailing father and await word on his case. His twenty fifth high school reunion is the weekend he comes back to town so Jonathan decides to attend and runs into Jackie, the most popular girl in his class that everyone had a crush on including Jonathon. Jackie had married her high school boyfriend but the relationship became abusive with Rick often cheating on Jackie so when Jonathon asks her out to lunch Jackie is quick to take him up on his offer.
Well, my hats off to Adam Mitzner, starting off reading The Girl From Home I was quickly thinking I was going to end up hating this book. It sounded interesting when I chose to pick it up but I quickly found myself extremely disliking the characters but in the end it was well written enough to keep me entertained without loving the characters.
Jonathan is one that was just as easy to hate that some characters are to love, almost instantly. His life was all about what he owned, what he drove, how much money he had etc. Boasting he spends $400 on dinner quite often I’m thinking wow, to most that would be rent or a car payment. The summer vacation rental cost would’ve been enough for most normal people to retire on and the numbers just kept adding up which with his give me more attitude was just enough to think oh good, take the man to jail when normally you’d root for the main character.
Jackie really never grabbed my sympathy either but I think she might for some. The high school prom queen settled in her life and ended up with one of the world’s worst husband. But with her vanity over how she still has her looks early on in the story and the amount of free time she had to spend with Jonathan I can’t help but have lost some sympathy thinking she could’ve been attending self defense instead of pilates, the I’m scared of my husband wasn’t really coming across very well from her activities.
Overall, the story was well written and interesting enough that I found it still an OK read even with not liking the main couple.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.