The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson was the second book I read for Blogher Book Club. To read a brief summary of the overall plot of the book, check out the book club page here.
Initially with The Underside of Joy I thought it would be easy to pick a side. Clearly Ella would prevail in any custody battle as she had completely taken over the role of “mom” after their birth mom abandoned them. But, Sere, the author, throws a twist into the story. She lets her readers get to know Paige and all the struggles she has encountered. You can’t help but empathize with Paige, eventually letting you see things through her perspective. And quite quickly, my once clear idea of who should be the legal mother of Annie and Zach became very blurred.
*This was a paid review for Blogher Book Club. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.*