Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

IMG_2030“Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny?”

Now that is a good question.  Kate is definitely stuck.  Stuck in a living situation that is not ideal, stuck in a family dynamic that is not always easy, and stuck in a job she doesn’t care about and simply fell into.  Her father is finally hitting his stride with his research and is possibly about to make a breakthrough.  However, the fact that his brilliant assistant Pyotr is months away from being deported is a big problem.  A problem that Dr. Battista feels could be solved by Kate herself. However, can Kate be convinced to take part in his scheme?

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Girl is a light and easy read.  Having not read the Shakespearean play I can only share my take on the novel as a contemporary story.  Unfortunately, as a contemporary story it does fall flat and did not work for me in a few different ways.  Kate is a 29 year-old modern woman, which makes a lot of her choices and behaviour confusing and at times frustrating.  The motivation behind her actions is never fully explored or explained, and the immaturity of her general attitude is quite tiresome.  Similarly, Pyotr is a one-note character whose intentions and feelings are confusing, plus his portrayal as “the foreigner” comes off as stereotypical and not humorous, which is what I assume was the intention. The story overall does not live up to the fun and quirky potential of the premise.

*ARC provided by NetGalley.  Publication date: June 21, 2016.

Most Anticipated June Releases

There are so many interesting books coming out over the summer months, which I’m very much looking forward to.  Each month is full of great releases, so I thought I would break it down and share what books have caught my attention.  These are my most anticipated releases for the month of June:


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
A modern take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Girl tells the story of Kate who feels stuck running the house of her offbeat scientist father.  When his brilliant lab assistant may be deported, he concocts a crazy plan to enable him to stay and will need Kate’s help to do it.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Another interesting love story from an author that has brought us so many great summer reads.  One True Loves tells the story of a woman who has to choose between a husband she thought was dead and her new fiancé who helped her heal after the loss.

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
A choose your own path adventure!
“What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?”  I want to know the answers to those questions. 🙂


The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
A secret library society that travels to alternate realities to retrieve books in order to preserve the works.  Irene is sent on a mission to retrieve a book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in an alternate London that is infested with chaos, and along with her assistant Kai she is thrown into a dangerous adventure.

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley
Catherine is wealthy and seemingly has it all, however with men who only seem to be interested in her money she fears that she will never have a family of her own.  When she meets the handsome William everything seems to be falling into place, until strange signs appear and the personal connection he has to her family may hold the answer to whatever is being kept secret.

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel
It is 1976 in New England and Edgar and Fern are married with three children.  When they discover that the family fortune they depend on is gone, their distress leads them in unexpected directions.

What books are you looking forward to? 🙂