There was something unnervingly Sex and the City about this novel and though I am not a big fan of the programme, I have watched every episode but am not enamoured by anybody in it, I found Kogan's characters brilliant. I particularly liked Mia and there was a close affinity with a lot of what she said and did with her children. She had four and her fourth ten years after her third and there's lots of discussion about her relief as being a mother means she doesn't have to feel like she's not becoming the person she should be as a Harvard graduate. I also adore Jane, much of the discussion about her character, history and past is brilliant and she seems key to understanding the point of the whole novel. She discovers infidelity after infidelity and rather than staying shocked and hurt, even when one of the discoveries is her own late husband's, she seems to become a stronger and more rounded person because of it. I really love the concepts explored through Jane's character.
The only thing that jarred slightly is Kogan's teenage characters. There's a touch of tongue in cheek "I'm a mother so I know what teenagers are like" tone when she plays with her characters which makes them a bit less believable. Trilby's choice of grindcore, horrorcore type music including an obsession with the extremely obscure band Vaginal Discharge seems a little off, especially with the inclusion of phrases such as "omg I love vaginal discharge" in an odd makeshift Facebook conversation in the middle of the novel. This is my only gripe however.
My obsessive nosiness meant I couldn't not enjoy this novel and unlike others the yearbook format means I even got a chance to see where the characters were in five years' time - bliss!