Title: I Was Told It Would Get Easier

Author: Abbi Waxman

Genre: Contemporary Women's fiction, chick-lit

Rating: 3.9 stars


Jessica and Emily Burnstein have very different ideas about how this college tour should go.

For Emily, it’s a preview of freedom, exploring the possibility of her new and more exciting future. Not that she’s sure she even wants to go to college, but let’s ignore that for now. And maybe the other kids on the tour will like her more than the ones at school. . . . They have to, right?

For Jessica, it’s a chance to bond with the daughter she seems to have lost. They used to be so close, but then Goldfish crackers and Play-Doh were no longer enough of a draw. She isn’t even sure if Emily likes her anymore. To be honest, Jessica isn’t sure she likes herself.

Together with a dozen strangers–and two familiar enemies–Jessica and Emily travel the East Coast, meeting up with family and old friends along the way. Surprises and secrets threaten their relationship and, in the end, change it forever.

This book was such a sunny, sweet, Gilmore Girls reminiscent read. ' I Was Told It Would Get Easier' follows Jessica Burnstein and her daughter Emily on a college tour. 
Jessica is sassy, strong and independent. She's a feminist, a hard-working lawyer and a single mom. Jessica puts her own job at risk to fight for the female colleagues at the law firm she works in.
Emily is her teenage daughter with teenage problems. Though she is not traditionally intelligent like the kids on her college tour, she is a smart person herself.

" Everyone tells you middle school is fun, and then you get there and it sucks. Then high school is going to fun, but get there and it both sucks and is really hard. Now, apparently, college is going to be fun, but it really seems like one more hurdle between me and actual happiness. Whatever that is."- Emily

Emily is a person who can take the right way even if it's not an easy way. 
Both of them stand up for what they believe in. I loved both of them, but I liked Jessica more because Emily's teenage antics were dramatic sometimes.
Abbi Waxman's writing was observant and witty.
The book was alternately narrated by Jessica and Emily. The mindset of a teenager and an adult were masterfully and accurately depicted by the author. The teenager and adult consider one another an enigma. Both try to understand what the other is like. 
In these perspectives, we also find themes like feminism, social media, the whole shebang of doing well in high school and getting into college, life and career choices.
The book didn't exactly have a solid plot, but it was still entertaining.
I laughed out loud throughout the book because Jessica and Emily were hilarious!
Emily and Jessica love each other but don't spend time together due to their demanding schedules. But this college tour helps them get closer and rediscover each other.
At the end of the book, they accept each other a bit more and bond. Maybe I wanted to them to go head over heels for each other, all perfect but I have a lot of respect for this ending too.
I think Gilmore Girls fans will like 'I Was Told It Would Get Easier'.
I recommend this book for a less plot-driven, humorous read. 


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  1. A review that makes me smile. Nicely done👍

  2. Thank you! I am glad I was able to make a person smile.