Satisfaction by Andee Reilly
Published: August 4, 2015
Format: via BookSparks
Challenges: 2015 Summer Reading Challenge
When 22-year-old Ginny Martin discovers her husband has been cheating on her, she strikes back. Buying tickets to every concert on the Rolling Stones North American tour, this devastated suburban housewife packs up the car and takes to the road. Following the Rolling Stones from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ginny experiences freedom for the first time, while coping with the insecurities and limiting beliefs that had kept this small town girl’s life far too small. Bree Cooper is a nomad, a free-spirited drifter, and a mother who abandoned responsibility – and her young daughter – years before. When Ginny meets Bree at a roadside diner, they impulsively make the decision to throw their lot in together. In each other they find a friendship that they both had longed for. Bree also gives Ginny a chance to have a mother-figure who inspires independence and encourages confidence, while Ginny gives Bree a chance to get parenting right on the second try.
As a music fan I was very excited to read this story of a road trip following the Rolling Stones. I loved how this was all about Ginny and Bree two polar opposites who meet through fate and without knowing it help each other find themselves and figure out who they are and what is truly important.
Ginny is young and left her husband after finding out he cheated on her with one of her coworkers. On impulse she buys tickets to her favorite group the Rolling Stones and decides she is going to following them to several of their shows to find herself and take the time to decide what she wants to do next. This is totally out of character for Ginny who isn’t impulsive at all she is a planner and likes to know what will happen next.
Bree is wild child, a women who doesn’t like commitment and who likes to go with the flow. She left her child and husband behind when she fell in love with someone else and is now paying the price of having no relationship with her daughter. She meets Ginny one day at a diner she works at and decides this is her ticket; Ginny is her way out to her next adventure.
What I loved most was the relationship between Ginny and Bree. I love how they balance each other out they are their ying to the others yang. Ginny brings out Bree’s maternal side while Bree brings out Ginny’s carefree youthful side, with is funny since Ginny is the younger of the two. While I love nothing better than a road trip side I did feel like this one went on a little longer than I wanted. I thought at times Bree was really selfish and I felt sorry for her daughter who just wanted a mother. However the pros outweigh the cons and I enjoyed it. The bonus for me was discovering some Stones songs I didn’t know. I would’ve love a list of “road trip” songs but in the end this read is a real gem showing us that it’s never too late to find yourself and to make your dreams come true.