Review: A Place for Us
Michael and Brook Bostock live a life that other’s only dream of. Brook’s from a moneyed family but, along with her partner, has built a thriving event planning business. Michael has a business of his own selling his highly sought after handcrafted furniture. They have two children and after 9/11 decided to return to Michael’s hometown of Barnsbury, Massachusetts to raise them.
Things don’t go quite as well in Barnsbury as they anticipated and Brook and the kids struggle to fit in. When their son, Liam, gets in a little bit of trouble, Brook and Michael decide to send him to the prep school the males from Brook’s family have attended for years. Liam is due home for Christmas break but Michael and Brook have to go out of town for the night, so they hire a sitter to stay with their daughter, Tilly, until Liam and his friends arrive.
When the boys get there, they’ve already been drinking and using drugs and encourage the sitter to drink with them. Things get out of hand, and one of the boys attacks the sitter. Not only is Liam in trouble, the Bostocks are as well, because of the Social Host Liability law. Old grudges come into play and it seems the Bostocks idyllic life may be shattered.
A Place for Us, by Liza Gyllenhaal, takes readers for quite a ride! Full of tension and drama, it’s a thought provoking book that will leave readers (especially those with teens) with a lot to ponder. The Bostock family is threatened because of lies, misunderstandings, anger, and lack of communication. I wanted to shake almost all of them and tell them to get their act together. I was invested in their story, though, and needed to know how things would turn out. I really enjoyed this book – my only complaint with it is that things tied up a little too neatly at the end.
I think A Place for Us would make a great book club choice because it’s the kind of book readers will want to talk about. It’s full of relevant social issues that are sure to spark debate. There are discussion questions included in the back of the book.