Rachel Berman wants everything to be perfect An overprotective single mother of two, she is acutely aware of the statistical dangers lurking around every corner which makes her snap decision to aid a stranded motorist wholly uncharacteristic Len Bean is stuck on the shoulder with Olivia, his relentlessly curious, learning disabled ten year old daughter To the chagrin of Rachel s children, who are about to be linked to the most mocked girl in school, Rachel and Len begin dating And when Len receives terrible news, little Olivia needs a hero than everBut the world refuses to be predictable When personal crisis profoundly alters Rachel s relationship with a wild, very special little girl, this perfectionist mother finds herself drawn into a mystery from her past and toward a new appreciation for her own children s imperfect lives 4.4 stars This not only had a lot of potential, but also a really good start, which made the rest of it super disappointing.When the novel first opens, I, who didn t bother reading too much of the back of the book, thought to myself, sheesh this writer does not know ten year olds at all, the only way this scene makes sense is if the kid is special needs and a quick check on the back and yes, she is so I had a lot of respect for her ability to capture something so tricky.The writing was strong and rema This not only had a lot of potential, but also a really good start, which made the rest of it super disappointing.When the novel first opens, I, who didn t bother reading too much of the back of the book, thought to myself, sheesh this writer does not know ten year olds at all, the only way this scene makes sense is if the kid is special needs and a quick check on the back and yes, she is so I had a lot of respect for her ability to capture something so tricky.The writing was strong and remained so, in some respects throughout however, the plot did the following things that bothered me 1 I was primarily interested in the conflicts involved with raising a special needs child, especially this sort, but the author wastaken by fairy tale romance and teen angst, both of which detracted heavily2 it took on waytwists than were necessary or effective for one story, the premise of which was already a lot3 the novel went from far fetched to downright fantasy4 the author has read way too much Jodi Piccoult and as such the characters are simpering, one dimensional do gooders with smooth perfect one liners and there is basically no diversity to any of themIt s an easy read, and not painful, but pretty silly overall which was sad considering what a huge undertaking this would have and could have been I generally love Tish Cohen s writing style She definitely tells both sides of the story When reading you get a sense of the characters not just from the protagonists opinion but there is usually good story telling that allows the reader to establish an opinion of the character without forming too much of a bias.This book is incredibly touching It focuses on two adults, both of whom had been through a lot in their lives, and how upon first meeting each other really liked each other but both h I generally love Tish Cohen s writing style She definitely tells both sides of the story When reading you get a sense of the characters not just from the protagonists opinion but there is usually good story telling that allows the reader to establish an opinion of the character without forming too much of a bias.This book is incredibly touching It focuses on two adults, both of whom had been through a lot in their lives, and how upon first meeting each other really liked each other but both had their reservations I love how both considered their children before taking the first steps in getting involved in a relationship I loved how the author brought all the characters together The little girl in the story who had a specific form of autism, really touched my heart I have a lot of respect for parents that take on autism with fortitude, strength, forgiveness, and love.The book flows gently but it is easy to read at a fast pace because it is never boring I definitely recommend I read several of the other reviews before writing this to see what others thought For some reason this is a tricky book to review I would agree with others when they say that there are too many plot lines and that expanding on one or twowould have been better than adding the rest.Rachel Berman is the editor of a parenting magazine that is going under, as well as the mother of a 12 and 14 year old So, not only is she dealing with professional crisis, she is dealing with snarky pubescent I read several of the other reviews before writing this to see what others thought For some reason this is a tricky book to review I would agree with others when they say that there are too many plot lines and that expanding on one or twowould have been better than adding the rest.Rachel Berman is the editor of a parenting magazine that is going under, as well as the mother of a 12 and 14 year old So, not only is she dealing with professional crisis, she is dealing with snarky pubescent children.Len Bean is a successful lawyer whose life was perfect until his wife died, leaving him with the solo challenge of dealing with a special needs child.The absolute best part of this book is the tenderness and exhaustion that expresses Len s love for his daughter Olivia While I m certain to those who have challenged children this book does an inadequate job at explaining the real ups and downs, I think for those of us who don t, it painted a better picture than we might be able to do on our own.Rachel and Len s worlds intersect both by accident and because their children attend the same school A bond forms between them, which requires that they help the three children deal with each other and their own issues Both Len and Rachel have private issues that they must reveal to the other, which adds to the extreme complexity of their lives.For the most part, the plots all wrap up neatly, which is actually unfortunate I m not sure that Tish Cohen intended for the book to end this way, it feels like she stopped writing Walking through the pain of one or two of the story lines would have beenemotionally fulfilling and the book would have been richer for it