Book: A Good Neighborhood
Author: Therese Anne Fowler
This is my 51st book for the year
This is the story of two families who live in the nice neighborhood of Oak Knoll in North Carolina. Xavier - a young boy with a very promising future as a musician, a scholarship to a prestigous school, and his mother live in an old house with a beautiful tree. All is fine until the Whitman family builds a huge house and moves in next door. The house build destroys the roots of the fine tree and what transpires because of it leads both families down a path neither saw coming.
The story asks what it is like to live by people who are different than you. What is it like to be a good neighbor even when you don't see things the same way? How can people coexist that might not necessarily ever be friends?
This was not a great book. There were a lot of stereotypes in the book and the attraction of the step father to the step daughter was uncomfortable for me. Took away from the story. There wasn't a lot of character development. I never really felt for any of the characters one way or the other.