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Everyone Else’s Girl – Megan Crane

on January 21, 2012

Everyone Else’s Girl
Megan Crane
Quercus
2010, 251p
Read from my local library

Meredith has been called back to where she grew up because her former childhood best friend is marrying her brother and although they don’t speak anymore, that wasn’t a good enough excuse not to attend the hens night. Whilst she’s back at home, Meredith’s dad is involved in a car accident as he is returning from driving her mother to the airport for her flight to Europe for the ‘trip of a lifetime’ with her sister. He breaks his leg and as their house is ‘made up entirely of stairs’ it’s determined that someone has to look after him. Meredith’s brother and sister take giant steps back despite the fact that they still live at home (younger sister) and nearby (brother). Meredith now lives in Atlanta (the home is in New Jersey) but somehow it’s decided that Meredith is the perfect option. After all she doesn’t mind, she is always the nice one, doing nice things for people. And her job isn’t that important, not like her brother Christian’s job! And although her younger sister Hope has graduated from college and is just bumming around before doing some travelling, she’s playing the young and wildly irresponsible card. So Meredith arranges leave, tells her boyfriend Travis that she won’t be home for a while and settles back into her childhood bedroom to play nursemaid to her father.

Whilst in town she runs into Scott Sheridan, the school geek that Meredith’s brother bullied relentlessly, to the point of making up a game entitled “Scotty Sheridan sucks because…” that they would play on long car trips. Although Meredith never participated in the bullying as she was far too nice for that, she acknowledges that she didn’t exactly help either. But Scott Sheridan doesn’t look like a geek these days. Actually, Scott Sheridan is sort of hot. And Meredith finds herself oddly attracted to him and it seems he can’t stay away from her either.

Her time at her parents place will make her question everything – from what makes her happy, to her job and career options, to her wonderful relationship with Travis and if it is what she really wants. Her and her family will lay secrets and animosities bare and Meredith will face some home truths about her personality.

I read one of Megan Crane’s books, Frenemies, last year on a whim and really liked it. I was looking for something light and fluffy to read after completing Never Let Me Go so I thought another of her books might suit. While I liked this one, I didn’t like it as much as I liked Frenemies. And that’s because I kept getting infuriated when I read it. So mad in fact, that I’d have to put it down and take a few deep breaths and calm myself down before picking it up and going on with it. The reason?

Meredith. The main character. She was an insufferable doormat!

I know she truly saw herself as the good daughter/sibling, eager to please. The one that was nice, that was never mean to people, the one that people turned to. But when her father has an accident and needs care – although he only has a broken leg, so I’m not sure why that equals round the clock care, but anyway – her brother and sister basically bully and belittle her into doing it. Christian, her brother, is quite frankly, a massive douche. If my brother spoke to me the way Christian speaks to his sisters, I’d sock him in the mouth. He’s arrogant, self-important, patronising and a huge jerk who seems to think that he can boss people around whilst simultaneously stepping back because he’s far too busy and can’t be involved, despite living 30-40 minutes drive away from their father. His snide little “Oh Meredith can do it, she loves that sort of stuff, don’t you Meredith?” made me dislike him instantly and after that I couldn’t come back around to him at all, no matter what.

Meredith’s younger sister Hope is only fractionally better. Twenty-two and having just graduated, she actually still lives in the family house sponging off their parents, but isn’t available to do any of the caring because she can’t be bothered. Meredith is the reliable sister so Hope is embracing the young and irresponsible label to the point of ridiculousness. And people are fine with it. The father even makes a crack that he’s her only source of income presently but not sharply enough to actually suggest she earn it. She sleeps most days and goes out most nights and does very little at first but she sort of redeems herself a little during the course of the book by helping Meredith learn to loosen up and have a bit of fun and remember that she’s only in her late twenties, not seventy.

Even though her siblings annoyed me, I think Meredith herself annoyed me more for allowing herself to be treated this way. She’s basically belittled as having some unimportant job and life and told to uproot herself and look after their father and then her brother admonishes her several times for not doing a good enough job of it, but he’s not concerned enough to actually help out himself! I’d have told him to shove it but Meredith doesn’t stand up for herself because good girls apparently don’t do that. It meant that I couldn’t really settle in and enjoy the story, particularly the interactions with Scott Sheridan as much as I would’ve liked because I was always so irritated with the family dynamics.

6/10

Book #8 of 2012


3 responses to “Everyone Else’s Girl – Megan Crane

  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    Hm I will be steering clear of this then, Meredith would likely drive me nuts as well. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  2. Yeah, I don’t think I could read this one, I’d get way too frustrated with Meredith! Great review. 🙂

  3. VeganYANerds says:

    Characters that allow themselves to be treated that way annoy me too, I realise there are people like that in real life but usually someone will finally tell them that they need to stop being bossed around!

    Mands

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