A mother’s gift of a bonding road trip to her child


The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

13-year-old Alex’s mother is getting restless and tired of the endless arguments with Alex’s father. When she decides to take a road trip into her past, she takes Alex with her.  As they travel together, the mother begins to share stories of her past.  This is the first time that Alex feels the start of knowing anything about her.

I was very impressed by this author’s use of language in her first novel, “The Shore”, for which she won the Baileys Women’s Prize. She has again impressed me with her newest book, although I don’t feel it was quite as good as her first.  That’s not to say that I don’t recommend it because I most definitely do recommend it.  I just enjoyed the subject matter of “The Shore” a bit more.  The author is very talented.  This book is basically just a trip through the mother’s past that she opens up to her child as she tries to set right some past wrongs, visit old friends and find some healing.  While there’s not a very complicated plot, the author makes it such an interesting read.  I felt like I was sitting in the back seat and taking this road trip right along with them.

There was an interesting take on Alex. Alex could be a boy or Alex could be a girl.  Alex isn’t telling.  Alex doesn’t believe in gender and hasn’t quite decided which direction he/she will be headed.  The sexual awakening of this young person is handled in a very realistic manner and yet quite sensitively.

Here’s an example of one of the literary finds in this book, though keep in mind that I read an ARC of the book and this may be changed in the final edition. “We were caught on the thin, hungry edge of the morning, before the sun sliced itself open on the horizon and bled out across the sky.”  I really enjoy the writing style of this author and am already looking forward to her next book, which I hope will be soon.


This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.