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In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

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I loved this quirky, family oriented book! I appreciated the patience all of the characters have with one another in a difficult and ever-changing time in their lives. I felt like I was going on the road trip with them! Thank you to NetGalley and Bespeak Audio Editions for a copy of this book for an honest review.
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The title and cover of this book are unique enough to draw the eye of anyone browsing the stacks. This work of fiction is one of neurodiverse families, inclusion, and relationships.  

Full cast audiobooks are always fun, and this book was no exception. The author struck a good balance with interesting characters, silly escapades, and plot. It has the feel of light YA fiction, which is not a bad thing. 

Thank you NetGalley, author, publisher, and narrators for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook. The opinions in my review are completely my own.
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Completely unique novel about health and family issues and expectations.

I should have known this novel was going to be so refreshing, different and insightful from the title and the cover alone..It is a story of a family struggling with family and health issues which are very much interconnected. It is an especially complicated situation because the condition the daughter struggles with is extremely rare; and in pursuit of giving their daughter the best life possible, the father, Henry, neglects his wife and their other daughter. Henry's job is also really intersting because he is an electritian and repairs machines at a funhouse, which adds a layer to this story as well.

However, while the plot and skillful characterization kept my interest, in the end, I wish there was more to this book. It was good, but I just wished for an extra spark.

This was nonetheless made up for by the excellent voice narration in the audiobook version, which was superb, and I'd highly recommend this version of the novel.

*Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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Of course I was really drawn in by the awesome cover! 

It was interesting for me to learn about Williams Syndrome and the challenges that the family faces in adulthood.  The point of view changes over the course of the book from Henry (father) to Starr (with Williams Syndrome) to the "other daughter" Melanie to a Henry's young coworker Darrin.

I'm surprised that this book isn't rated a bit higher.  I was really drawn into this book.  The family kept trying to coach Starr and when she comes in contact with people, any prior coaching just goes out the window.  

Multiple narrators did a great job with this audiobook.

Thank you NetGalley and the author/Claire Tacon for an advance read copy of the audiobook.  At one point I was wondering why this wasn't a memoir and checked to see if the book had been written by a man (I was expecting Henry) and found that this is a well researched novel written by Claire Tacon, a female author.  So ... Claire ... please take that as a compliment.

My only critique is that I'm not sure that Luce really would have risked changing her ComicCon performance at the last minute.  
I also have a hard time with the daughter electing to abort a baby one year and then turning around and expecting parents to help fund IVF; especially when they have a sister/daughter with Williams Syndrome.  This is my only rationale for 4 stars instead of 5.  Some publishers allow for comments separate from the Feedback, but I'm not seeing that option for this review.
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