2009: 42. The Divorce Express


“Rearrange the letters in the word PARENTS and you get the word ENTRAPS.”

The Divorce Express, Paula Danziger

I had fond memories of reading books by Danziger, and thus re-read this book one day on a whim.  But it must have been other Danziger that I liked (I particularly remember liking This Place Has No Atmosphere, and Remember Me To Herald Square), because this book seemed so dated and whiny and not at all enjoyable.  It was just so 1970’s and touchy feely and all “we need to accept our feelings” and it just did nothing for me.   It’s the story of a young girl named Phoebe whose parents are divorced.  Her mother stayed in New York and she moved to Woodstock with her father, and so she rides the divorce express on weekends, going back and forth between the two.  She needs to figure out her life in her new town, and negotiate her parents’ new relationships and figure out falling in love with her first boyfriend.  Her mom is an uptight career woman, her father a hippie type and she is trying to figure out who she is.  I appreciate what this book is trying to do, but it is, as I said, so 1970’s and hippiesh that it is hard to me imagine it resonating with a modern audience.  Her other books are funnier, and I could see them having more staying power, but this one just screams 1975.

Date/Place Completed:  March 2009; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction; Young Adult

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