Rules of the Road (Rules of the Road, #1)

Rules of the Road (Rules of the Road, #1)This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. Meet Jenna Boller, Star Employee At Gladstone Shoe Store In Chicago Standing A Gawky At Years Old, Jenna Is The Kind Of Girl Most Likely To Stand Out In The Crowd For All The Wrong Reasons But That Doesn T Stop Madeline Gladstone, The President Of Gladstone S Shoes Outlets In States, From Hiring Jenna To Drive Her Cross Country In A Last Ditch Effort To Stop Elden Gladstone From Taking Over His Mother S Company And Turning A Quality Business Into A Shop And Schlock Empire Now Jenna Boller Shoe Salesperson Is About To Become A Shoe Store Spy As She Joins Her Crusty Old Employer For An Eye Opening Adventure That Will Teach Them Both The Rules Of The Road And The Rules Of Life This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer. This is my second Joan Bauer I haven t read a lot of her books, but I got an impression she is an author who can write feel good, impressive coming of age stories.The protagonist, Jenna Boller is the best employee at Gladstone s Shoe Store Merely a teenager, but she has an excellent insight into shoes and a flair for finding out what her customers need and can make them happy by finding a perfect match for them.But just as other teenagers probably do, she has a lot of issues and is insecure The traumatic experience with her alcoholic father and their parents divorce, in addition to her Grandma s onset Alzheimer s which turned out to be the hardest hit for her she was forced to grow up yet has always afraid to confront her issues, especially her father She knows she can t go on living her life the way she has, but she has let him walk all over her and started to want to escape the harsh reality by getting her own car and leaving town.A six week road trip to Texas with Mrs Gladstone the 73 year old president of Gladstone s Shoe Store Jenna works for comes at the perfect timing Mrs Gladstone confides in her with the issues the company is facing and asks demands, like Jenna to drive her to Texas in a Cadillac to attend the Shareholder s meeting which will decide the future of the company Despite her mother s reluctance, Jenna decides to tag along as a chauffeur and set out on a journey to Texas with temperamental, sprightly Mrs Gladstone to save the company.The writing is solid and flows quite nicely There s nothing off and the pacing is on point.I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges between Jenna and Mrs Gladstone, and the descriptions of the road trip are simply delightful to read through I have never gone on a road trip, so this book made me feel as though I was tagging along after them and seeing what they see and experiencing what they go through in the book It was quite a ride.I especially like how Joan Bauer illustrates the flair that Jenna possesses as a shoe seller She is incredibly smart and competent, literally capable of catering to her customers needs and knows ins and outs of shoe selling She can tell good displays from bad displays and what reel customers into their store.The scene where Jenna snoops around under the command of Mrs Gladstone their rival company, Shoe Warehouse, is oh, so exhilarating Joan Bauer was brilliant at creating a hilarious scene that underscores Jenna s competency by describing what crappy a job her opponent sales person does And at the same time, by underscoring how Gladstone s opponents are merely seeking for profits and neglecting what their customers truly need like shoving toe pinching shoes saying that they just need break in , this book gives us a good life lesson on what customer service really means and how we tend to let it take a backseat to bottom line.Character growth is also a highlight of this book Like I mentioned earlier, Jenna has bottled up her emotions and concerns over her drunken father and is also struggling with some other issues such as self image, insecurity, and vulnerability On the other hand, the indomitable, sprightly Mrs Gladstone herself is dealing with her own insecurities and grief her son is literally bound and determined to kick her out of the company, he is moving forward with Goldstone s merger with Shoe Warehouse which sells second class shoes for what they boast as economical, reasonable prices.Through this journey to Texas, they go through some setbacks and resort to doing a lot of self reflection, and eventually, they work up the courage to confront and defeat their own fears head on.I loved reading how two people literally sitting on the other sides of the spectrum interact and influence each other and develop themselves.There are nothing particularly over dramatic scenes, all those scenes are told in a very calm, quiet voice thus it didn t strike me as much, but the message is really clear and I kind of like this calm, down to earth undertone running through the book Not excessively dramatic, yet still a compelling, gripping read I really enjoyed this book.Although I got a feeling that Joan Bauer tends to use death as a means of character growth and as a way for their characters to look into their own minds and emotions, once again, the messages this book offers were highlighted and clearly heard through the death of the endearing key character, I think I can live with that.Not having any loose ends is also noteworthy Joan Bauer tied everything so beautifully at the end of the book It did feel a bit too neat and clean, but she didn t leave any sub plots loose, she wrapped everything up nicely including Jenna s defiance and confrontation with her father She finally works up her courage to stand against her drunken father and says NO Problems are not something that makes you weak and flawed problems are something that makes you stronger, and different Something that shows you how to defy the darkness This is a story of growth and recognition of strength that s been hidden beneath the surface The story of an unforgettable summer that made her grow and mature through the interactions with people from all walk of life.This book is really clean and doesn t even contain any romance element which makes this book quite refreshing to read, and I recommend picking this up if you are looking for a comfort food type of book It s a beautifully written, heart warming read This book makes me want to pick up books from Joan Bauer.

12, 1951 I was born at eleven A.M., a most reasonable time, my mother often said, and when the nurse put me in my mother s arms for the first time I had both a nasty case of the hiccups and no discernible forehead it s since grown in I ve always believed in comic entrances.As I grew up in River Forest, Illinois, in the 1950 s, I seem to remember an early fascination with things that were funny I thought that people who could make other people laugh were terribly fortunate While my friends made their career plans, declaring they would become doctors, nurses, and lawyers, inwardly I knew that I wanted to be involved somehow in comedy This, however, was a difficult concept to get across in first grade But I had a mother with a great comic sense she was a high school English teacher and a grandmother who had been a funny professional storyteller, so I figured the right genes were in there somewhere, although I didn t always laugh at what my friends laughed at and they rarely giggled at my jokes That, and the fact that I was overweight and very tall, all made me feel quite different when I was growing up a bit like a musk ox at a tea party.My grandmother, who I called Nana, had the biggest influence on me creatively She taught me the importance of stories and laughter She never said, Now I m going to tell you a funny story, she d just tell a story, and the humor would naturally flow from it because of who she was and how she and her characters saw the world She showed me the difference between derisive laughter that hurts others and laughter that comes from the heart She showed me, too, that stories help us understand ourselves at a deep level She was a keen observer of people.I kept a diary as a child, was always penning stories and poems I played the flute heartily, taught myself the guitar, and wrote folk songs For years I wanted to be a comedienne, then a comedy writer I was a voracious reader, too, and can still remember the dark wood and the green leather chairs of the River Forest Public Library, can hear my shoes tapping on the stairs going down to the children s room, can feel my fingers sliding across rows and rows of books, looking through the card catalogs that seemed to house everything that anyone would ever need to know about in the entire world My parents divorced when I was eight years old, and I was devastated at the loss of my father I pull from that memory regularly as a writer Every book I have written so far has dealt with complex father issues My dad was an alcoholic and the pain of that was a shadow that followed me for years, but I ve learned things from that experience that have made me resilient I attempted to address those issues in Rules of the Road, and I took them even further in the companion book, Best Foot Forward The theme that I try to carry into all of my writing is this adversity, if we let it, will make us stronger.In my twenties, I worked in sales and advertising for the Chicago Tribune, McGraw Hill, WLS Radio, and Parade Magazine I met my husband Evan, a computer engineer, while I was on vacation Our courtship was simple He asked me to dance I said no We got married five months later in August, 1981 But I was not happy in advertising sales, and I had a few ulcers to prove it With Evan s loving support, I decided to try my hand at professional writing I wish I could say that everything started falling into place, but it was a slow, slow build writing newspaper and magazine articles for not much money My daughter Jean was born in July of 82 She had the soul of a writer even as a baby I can remember sitting at my typewriter I didn t have a computer back then writing away with Jean on a blanket on the floor next to me If my writing was bad that day, I d tear that page out of the typewriter and hand it to her Bad paper, I d say and Jean would r

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