Now That You Mention It

Now That You Mention It

Book - 2017
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A funny and bittersweet story of a woman who returns to her hometown after a decade's absence hoping to resuscitate her relationship with her family, only to discover that her homecoming is not as welcome as she had imagined. It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid, and where some revelations about her family could either heal her, or send her scrambling back to Boston on the next ferry.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2017]
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781335915276
Call Number: FICTION HIGGINS

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A doctor surfaces from a concussion to hear that she has upended her boyfriend's plans to dump her. Suddenly. She needs to go home, a place she has avoided for far too long. Higgins is a great light read -- fun voice and good characters with nice meat to their bones and a good sense of humor.


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DW_kcls
Mar 17, 2019

As much as I did not like Good Luck With That is how much I really liked Now That You Mention It.

As good and as sweet as the story is there is a depth to the subject matter that is handled with such a kind, deft hand. Some characters disappoint, some have an unbearable pain, but under Kristin Higgins pen they soar with triumph often with accompanying humor, snark and a dog I want.

I'd be surprised if you were disappointed after reading Now That You Mention It.

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ReadItOutLoud
Oct 25, 2018

This is my first Kristin Higgins book and I read it for my book club. I normally like realistic fiction with female leads but this book felt a little flat. The best character in the book is Nora's mom. She's a hard nosed lady from Maine and her lack of peppy chatty exuberance is in perfect contrast to Nora's personality. I found the story fairly predictable and although there was some humor the jokes were really played out by the end.

Overall, if you need a quick easy read with a well known plotline this is a good book for you. If you want to have something interesting to talk about at book club, keep looking.

SCL_Leanne Oct 23, 2018

2018 RITA Award Winner
Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance
https://www.rwa.org/page/2018-winners#RITAMainstream

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GibbsNCISDucky1
Sep 03, 2018

Kristan gives you lots of giggles and laughs through the book. I enjoy it and recommend it.

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TheresaAJ
Aug 30, 2018

Nora Stuart escaped Scupper Island, Maine with a prized full-ride scholarship when she graduated from high school. She also left behind the fat, unhappy, smart girl and transformed herself into an educated, accomplished woman with a great job, doctor boyfriend, and loyal friends. When she's hit by the Beantown Bug Killer van crossing a street, she returns to Main to recuperate and is suddenly 17 and miserable again. Higgins creates a fast-moving plot, memorable characters, and uses both quirky and snarky humor to write a story that illustrates we can overcome our high school selves. Laugh-out-loud scenes include an ill-fated matchmaking dinner party that Nora throws for her mother, the portrayal of her high school nemeses, the Cheetos, and masquerading as her mother on an online dating site.

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bookworm48
Jun 30, 2018

Good story line but not her best book. i still read it in a couple days since you do want to see
what happens to Nora.
She's one of my favorite authors.

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pktab
Jun 24, 2018

Enjoyed this story. Recommend it.

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zpare
Jun 16, 2018

A good story but this isn't like Higgins' usual stories. This book is a bit darker and moodier than her others. Still a great read!

JCLMelodyMK May 09, 2018

Good read,a little long with some heart ache but ends well. I enjoyed the feeling you get when someone works hard and reaps the benefits even though they weren't part of the in crowd in high school.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Apr 25, 2018

I've been on a Kristan Higgins binge, and this wasn't her best effort. Although I like the ending, it felt like work getting there.

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ReadItOutLoud
Oct 25, 2018

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