Good Riddance

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Mar 2019

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A mother’s death- and the rediscovery of her discarded high school yearbook- takes her daughter on an unbelievable adventure to find out just why her mother attended every high school reunion.
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No one writes quite like Elinor Lipman.  She is a master  at writing intelligent, witty books.  There's always a cast of characters who will capture your heart.  Lipman's use of language just sucks me in and wraps me up.
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Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this 3.5 🌟 story that was a lot of fun to read. A very creative read. A main character with a bit of sass. A great father daughter relationship and a cute budding romance.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out a little slow at first but as I read, I couldn't put it down. 

Daphne inherits her mother's yearbook dedicated to her when she was a teacher. Her mother has now passed, but this yearbook is full of annotations on the students and staff. She has attended every reunion adding to it over the years.

One man's junk is another man's treasure....Daphne throws the yearbook in the garbage, and a busybody neighbor finds it and proceeds to make a documentary and a podcast about the yearbook.

The things Daphne's mother has written over the years are not exactly nice; and she even has a secret of her own regarding one of the students.

Can Daphne get the yearbook back and make things right again?

Delightful book!
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Didn't care for this one at all.  I was expecting a more light-hearted, chick-lit type experience.  Disliked all the characters, dead and alive, and the premise, which had sounded rather promising in the description was utterly unconvincing in execution.
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Daphne Maritch throws her deceased mother's heavily annotated yearbook into the recycle bin where it is found by a documentary film maker who wants to use it as a basis for a documentary. Somehow Daphne gets drawn into the investigation and finds out somethings she would rather not have known. 

While I enjoyed many of the characters, the story was kind of all over the place and the filmmaker just plain unlikeable and unbelievable. The romance aspects of the story were sweet and the premise was certainly original. This was an entertaining and wacky book.
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I had a hard time with this book. I waited several weeks after finishing it thinking that I might change my mind but no, I just don’t like this book. I failed to find the humor although much of the dialog was slightly humorous. I didn’t like the main characters, the minor characters, the brief appearances, the premise, the innuendoes, the nastiness, the story line. I picked it up, put it down, slogged through it and really should have left it unfinished. I came away with the surety that possession is 9/10s of the law, except when it isn’t. On the plus side the writing is solid.

Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a copy.
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Thanks to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Elinor Lipman for the opportunity to read her latest book - as you would expect from this author - a fun read!

Daphne is trying to figure out her life - newly divorced and jobless, she is doing the requisite "tidying up" concept in her apartment.  She finds the high school yearbook her mother left to her in her will after her death the previous year.  Daphne's mother was the yearbook advisor at the high school in New Hampshire where they lived while her dad was the principal.  Her mom seemed especially obsessed with the Class of 1968 (the yearbook left to Daphne) and went to all their reunions.  Daphne decides that the yearbook doesn't bring her joy, so she discards it in the recycling box at her apartment, where it is promptly discovered by her neighbor.  This neighbor, a quasi-documentary producer, decides that the yearbook is the perfect basis for a show/podcast.  Thus the secrets of the yearbook start rearing their head.

An enjoyable, light read that in the end is about family, loyalty and love.
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This copy was Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I think if Goodreads allowed half stars, I would be giving this 3.5 - I think the idea was excellent though I was thrown a bit by some of the contemporary references - particularly to Riverdale on Netflix - I like that show but I do wonder if that might age badly. I wish it has been executed a little better but the story was sweet and it was better than your average 'chick-lit' I really enjoyed the father - daughter relationship and the random characters, just felt it lacking in some way.
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From the first line of this wonderful novel, I was riveted. The voice, the presence, the sheer force of Lipman's prose carried me from New York to New Hampshire, back to the future and then home again.  I absolutely loved the heroine, her relationships with vivid, complex characters.  Mainly, however, I loved not knowing what was going to happen next--and trusting that Lipman would deliver laugh out loud, touching, magnificence. I received an advance copy of this excellent novel from NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for my honest review.
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A fun, light, & entertaining read. Fans of Elinor Lipman will most likely enjoy as it contains her trademark quirky characters interacting in entertaining ways.
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I was delighted as I am an Elinor Lipman fan. 3.5 but rounding up – because better than other 3s I’ve read recently. And, because I can-- it was a delightful, fun read, though not great literature. Plus, the plot driver is the 50th high school reunion—and I just attended mine!

The setting: 

“…one woman’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure…” In this case, Daphne Maritch, living in New York City as a student of chocolate, inherits her [late]mother’s heavily annotated high school yearbook. Daphne’s mother, June, was a beloved teacher and yearbook advisor. Her father, Tom, was a principal at the same school in New Hampshire. There is more than this simple plotline and parents’ relationship.

Daphne throws out the yearbook, but her neighbor, Geneva [quite the character], retrieves it and tries to decode it. Much to Daphne’s chagrin, she decides to turn it into a documentary, then a podcast. There are small-town secrets and lies. 

Other characters and sideline stories. Jeremy, another neighbor—a younger-than- Daphne actor. And why this book is described as a romantic comedy. Tom decides to move to NYC—a lifelong dream. He becomes a dogwalker at “New Leash on Life” –and voila, another romance—with Kathi—he walks her dog. And lastly, Holden Phillips IV, Daphne’s shortlived husband—who married her because he wouldn’t otherwise get his family’s money. Also, Peter Armstrong—who though pivotal… [you’ll have to read].

Is this great literature? No. But many chuckles and some great phrases. 


“Her outfit could be called a dress if one were kind. It had no shape, only volume.”
“His gaze was, I now recognize, faux fond.”
“we reset our expressions to Good Samaritan.”
Name tag as a “social lubricant”

And more.

So if you want to an escapist, light read, I suggest this book.
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I received an advanced reader copyof Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through Netgalley 

What It’s About: Daphne is cleaning out her apartment in the rules of Marie Kondo, and throws away a yearbook that her mother left her in her will. While the yearbook was important to Daphne's mother and has notes of her students from  her first year of teaching (the Class of 1968), Daphne decides it is not important to her. Her neighbor, Geneva, a want to be filmmaker, finds the yearbook and thinks its the perfect project for a new documentary. Suddenly, Daphne's mothers secrets threaten to be revealed to the public. 

What I Loved: I was entertained the whole time and the story of the yearbook and the Class of 1968 was really original, I've never read a book that centers around a yearbook, it was a fun new angle, which I appreciated. I also loved the character of Tom, Daphne's dad. He was sweet and it was fun to see a father-daughter relationship that felt so strong. I also love that parts take place in NH! 

What I didn’t like so much: Without spoiling, there's a portion in the later part of the book where things get a bit weird and I found the characters frustrating, while this is overall remedied by the end, because of how close to the end this conflict arose, it felt very neatly tied up and therefore a bit silly (it felt like it could have been left out). 

Who Should Read It:  People who want a unique conflict in their books, but still want a story that is not dark or intense. 

General Summary: A decision to throw out a yearbook comes back to haunt a woman, when suddenly her family secrets are exposed.
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This was a pleasant, enjoyable romance.  Although a fast, escapist read, it kept me engaged.  The characters were cute and well written.   

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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I've enjoyed many of Lipman's books, and Good Riddance held a lot of quirky promise. A young woman adrift in NYC after the end of a sham marriage throws out her mother's annotated yearbook in a burst of KonMari-ing. A nosy aspiring documentary filmmaker finds it and decides to make an expose of long-buried secrets. Throw in a bunch of other twists and turns, and out-there reactions, and perfect side characters, and you have this novel. The voice of our main character reads way older than Daphne is intended to be, and despite the contemporary touches of podcasting and the popularity of the tv show Riverdale, I was not sure I believed the setting of current-day rather than 90s or 2000s New York. It felt scattered, like a bunch of good vignettes that had been strung together. An interesting read, but left me scratching my head.
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3 and a half stars

Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced review copy of Good Riddance!

This book is fun, quirky, and well-written. The story is very unique and fresh. However, some of the characters and relationships seemed a little one dimensional and not fully explored to their potential. I liked the relationship between Daphne and her father, but I felt like I wanted more with regards to her love interest and sister. 

I’d recommend this book to fans of Elinor Lipman or someone looking for a lighter read.  This would be a great beach read.
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Daphne throws away her moms yearbook after she passes away and is surprised to discover that her neighbor, a filmmaker found it and wants to make a documentary about it. What follows is years of secrets that change Daphne and her father’s life. A fun book that at times will have you laughing out loud
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Good Riddance is a good, fun read for fans of romantic comedies and chick lit. After a humiliating divorce, Daphne moves into her own NY apartment to start anew. She decides to recycle an old yearbook that her mother had bequeathed her in her will. No joy had been sparked from reading often snarky comments that her mother had written about her students after attending reunions where she had taught. This sets into action a journey of discovery for Daphne as she learns secrets that her well-loved mother had, befriends a cute actor in her building, tries to avoid a building resident digging up yearbook secrets, and reconnects with her father. (NetGalley Pre-pub read)
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Elinor Lipman is a delight. When you pick up one of her novels, you can expect humor, honesty, family disarray and an extra dose of quirkiness.

Good Riddance begins with a discarded yearbook. Daphne Maritch has been willed her late mother's memento keepsake volume, given to her mom when she was the advisor to the yearbook staff for the class of 68. Her mother attended all that class's reunions over the years, taking notes and often making snarky comments by the graduation pictures.

But Daphne, in a fit of uncluttering, tosses the book into the recycle where it is reclaimed by a screwball indy filmmaker with one work to her credit. Geneva has big plans to do a documentary on the yearbook and Daphne's mother and the class members. The more Daphne hears, the more uncomfortable she becomes. 

Somehow Geneva persuades Daphne not only to attend the next class reunion, but also to allow her to come along. Screwball comedy at its finest. The reunion adds a whole other complexity to the situation: Daphne receives a note from one of the former students and the contents shift her family history as she knows it and give her a totally different view of her mother.

Additional wacky factors: Daphne gets involved in a friends with benefit situation with a neighbor, and Daphne's father decides to move to New York City to start a new life and be closer to Daphne.

It's difficult to describe the appeal of these novels but they are endearing, sometimes poignant, sometimes laugh out loud funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I tried to get into this book. It was billed as a “romantic comedy” and I LOVE romantic comedies. But at 30% I have yet to find it romantic or comedic. I’m pretty sure this is a result of just not connecting with the voice and the character—and the fact that I was expecting something different. I don’t think it’s fair for me to write a review when this really isn’t my kind of book. If you’re a fan of Lipman’s writing style, definitely pick this one up!
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