Monday, October 5, 2009

Blog Tour- Breaking the Bank

Last night I finished readin Breaking the Bank by Yona Zeldis McDonough for a blog tour for Pocket Books.

From the back cover:

Money isn't everything...

Mia Saul is down on her luck. Dumped by her husband, jettisoned from her job, and estranged from her adored older brother, she and her young daughter, Eden, have had to make a downscale move to a crummy apartment, where their neighbors include a tough young drug dealer and a widower who lets his dogs use the hallways as their own personal litter box. Juggling a series of temporary jobs, wrangling with her ex-husband over child support, and trying to keep pace with Eden's increasingly erratic behavior have left Mia weary and worn out.

Except when it is...

So when a seemingly functional ATM starts handing Mia thousands and thousands of dollars — and not deducting the money from her account, because it sure isn't in there — she isn't about to give it back. Her newfound cash stash opens up a world of opportunity, and a whole lot of trouble. Worried friends, family, and in-laws start questioning her judgment about everything, and the cops really, really want to know where all that cash is coming from. And then there's Patrick, a man Mia most definitely would never have met if things hadn't spun out of control. Mia is beginning to think that maybe somebody, somewhere, is trying to teach her a lesson about what matters in life, and what doesn't....

I'm not really sure what I think about this book. On the one hand, I liked that Mia was gracious enough to always make sure to give some of the money she magically got away to people who needed it. On the other hand, it seemed so far-fetched that I was sure she was going to wake up and it was all a dream. And I'm not sure that I liked the ending just seemed sort of weird and not right for me. And I didn't get her whole fascination with the Patrick character.

I did however like how the story was written. I felt that I really got to know Mia and I felt her pain over dealing with her ex-husband and having to struggle to make ends meet for her and her daughter. And I felt sorry for her when her family started to gang up on her. And I also liked the character of Eden. I like the way that she was portrayed as wanting to be so grown up at times, but was still really just a young child at others.

Overall, it was an interesting read and I sure would like my own magical ATM :)

I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

Visit these other blogs participating in the tour:
My Own Little Corner of the World:
My Guilty Pleasures:
Libby’s Library News:
Bookfoolery and Babble:
Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews:

Thanks to Sarah at Pocket Book Blog Tours for setting this up!


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