Review – Up and In by Deborah Disney

Reviewed by Laura


up and inMaria and Joe are your average couple, living a comfortable but not lavish lifestyle with their two daughters. That is until they decide to send their oldest daughter Kate to an exclusive private school, Riverton. From then on it becomes a case of trying to fit in with the proverbial 'keeping up with the Jones' from hairstyles to cars to designer dresses.

This well written debut novel is a fantastic read, it will have you laughing whilst tugging on your heartstrings. The characters were great, well developed and so easy to relate to. Each with their own likeable but flawed qualities, although at times there could be a lot of character names to keep track of who was who. Maria's character was both loveable and yet understandably frustrating, her actions not mirroring her sentiments, reminding me more of a teenager desperately trying to fit in with the 'in' crowd.

We all want the best for our children and strive to achieve that, but sometimes we need to stop and take stock of what we are really sacrificing in order to do so. This book will make you think about your own life, as a mother of three myself, I couldn't help but compare myself and our hectic sports and social life with that of the characters. This book serves as an excellent reminder of what is really important at the end of the day.

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