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Mistakes Were Made

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S. Congress, acknowledged the scandals engulfing his administration by writing that "mistakes have been made, as all can see and I admit it". Many people have said this phrase, from Bush to Kissinger, but who started this use of passive voice? Anyway, this super long winded rant comes from this book really speaking to me and reading it at a time when I really needed to. I liked that it wasn't just a moment where everything would blow up, which is often how these 'taboo' books go.

this is a rant that isn't maybe fair to put on this book, but it culminated in this one even more so for me bc i just could NOT get behind the whole daughter's friend thing, and i do think a lot of that had in part to do with the ages of both parker and cassie. For example, toward the beginning of the novel, the pair have a rendezvous in the bathroom during an event that Erin’s daughter was a part of. The theme of not looking too closely at anything is exemplified by Cassie, because even when her real feelings aren’t obscured to her, she downplays everything to prevent it having an impact, even the positive.Cassie has also had a problem connecting with people for a while, but with Erin and Parker, she learns to do that more. i am going to be fairly negative here, and i feel bad abt that, so i'm going to try and say good things upfront, but i can tell this is gonna get rambly and all over the place.

Although I feel mischievously generous in giving this book a full four stars, my general enjoyment is helping me justify it. I'm a big proponent of going into books with a very open mind and one way I do that is to avoid looking too much into it beforehand. It’s about a college senior, Cassie, who has a wild night at a bar and ends up hooking up with a hot older woman. Both of our main characters, Cassie and Erin, were well developed and fun to read from and I adored the progression of their relationship from a hook up to an ‘oh shit!When college senior, Cassie, spends her Friday evening at an off-campus bar, she isn't looking for a hook-up - it just happens. It was, however, a huge issue for me where Erin was concerned, because Erin was in control of the situation, to a large degree. I didn't like the parallels where Parker was sick and Erin would take care of her, and then Cassie got sick and Erin would take care of her but it was supposedly a really romantic moment that time. This book is one of those books that was so much fun to read, but after I finished it I started thinking about the more noticeable problems that existed.

She bit her bottom lip as she smiled, looking over at Cassie, who tipped her glass and let her eyes wander to the open stool beside her. My college theatre professor, and honestly my favorite human on this planet, always used to tell us to “Never Live in the Land of Should”. Erin’s major arc is that she was groomed by her mother to be a people pleaser, keep up appearances, and always sacrifice her own happiness and self-worth.

I didn't like that when Erin texted her daughter a question and she didn't respond, she texted the same question to Cassie.

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