Happiness for Beginners

Looking for an escape? Katherine Center is usually a good choice. What You Wish For, Things You Save in a Fire, and How to Walk Away all received four and a half stars from me. Pretty solid. While Happiness for Beginners was another good escape, I didn’t like it as much as the prior novels I enjoyed. “Helen Carpenter can’t quite seem to bounce back. Newly divorced at thirty-two, her life has fallen apart beyond her ability to put it together again. So when her annoying younger brother, Duncan, convinces her to sign up for a hardcore wilderness survival course in the backwoods of Wyoming—she hopes it’ll be exactly what she needs. Instead, it’s a disaster. It’s nothing like she wants, or expects, or anticipates. She doesn’t anticipate the surprise summer blizzard, for example—or the blisters, or the rutting elk, or the mean pack of sorority girls. And she especially doesn’t anticipate that her annoying brother’s even-more-annoying best friend, Jake, will show up for the exact same course—and distract her, derail her, and . . . kiss her. But it turns out sometimes disaster can teach you exactly the things you need to learn. Like how to keep going, even when you think you can’t. How being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes getting really, really lost is your only hope of getting found.” (Amazon) So, if you have a chance, this is an OK one, but the other three (reviews are linked above) are better options.

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