“The Gap Year” by Sarah Bird tells the story of the changes that take place between a mother and daughter as the daughter reaches adulthood. It is a heartwarming read.
Cam raised her daughter, Aubrey, as a single mother after her husband, Martin, abandoned them to join a Hollywood cult. Aubrey is in her senior year of high school and has always achieved straight A’s. Cam has great hopes for her college career. Somehow during her senior year they grow apart.
Aubrey begins dating a wrong-side of the tracks, football jock with no future aspirations and hides it from her mother. She also hides that she has begun chatting with her father via Facebook. When she announces she no longer wants to go to college anymore and is ready for her real life to begin, it is almost more than Cam can bear.
The story goes back and forth between the present and the prior year when everything started to change. It is told from both Cam’s and Aubrey’s viewpoints which helps with understanding their different motivations. It is both funny and sad and definitely worth the read.