Good Riddance
“Effortlessly charming . . . The book inspires a very specific kind of modern joy.”—New York Times Book Review The delightful new romantic comedy from Elinor Lipman, in which one woman’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure, with deliriously entertaining results. Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds. In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.   Good Riddance is a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post). 

Good Riddance Details

TitleGood Riddance
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-139780544808256
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Humor, Romance, Contemporary

Good Riddance Review

  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    A quirky heroine done with great writing made for an enjoyable read!
  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Update: New review 12/14/18Daphne Maritch, finally free of Pickering, New Hampshire and stupid mistakes made even here in NYC, has read that book about decluttering your home and hugging your stuff to see if they bring you joy or hate or painful memories that may lead to eating a pint of ice cream with a half cup of bourbon on top. This will then lead you to the trash or recycle bins in the basement of your apartment building to throw out all the meaningless stuff you’ve collected, including the Update: New review 12/14/18Daphne Maritch, finally free of Pickering, New Hampshire and stupid mistakes made even here in NYC, has read that book about decluttering your home and hugging your stuff to see if they bring you joy or hate or painful memories that may lead to eating a pint of ice cream with a half cup of bourbon on top. This will then lead you to the trash or recycle bins in the basement of your apartment building to throw out all the meaningless stuff you’ve collected, including the yearbook your mother left you in her will, God knows why, of the Class of 1968 from Pickering NHHS, her first teaching job right after college, that they dedicated to her, their yearbook advisor!Worst are the notes and comments she added over the next 30 years after going to every one of the class’s reunions. Included within is a system of letters by each person’s picture indicating Marriage, Divorce, Skinny, Fat, Bald, etc. I mean, who does this?! Satisfied with the free, clean space in her tiny apartment, Daphne’s bliss is ruined several days later by a note slipped under her door from a neighbor she hardly knows. Some Geneva person, retrieved, no stole her mother’s yearbook out of the recycle bin and now wants to discuss with Daphne!The foundation of, “Good Riddance” is the sweet story above, told to the reader in snarky, funny and often snorting good laughter, (as in piggy laugh) dialog. Geneva Wisenkorn, is the neighbor from down the hall, whose social boundaries do not exist. Daphne’s responses to her are priceless and the sort you want to remember for when you are in any situation with an aggressive, no-nonsense person. (I bet one pops to mind right now!)The only tidbit I’ll tell you now is that Geneva wants to make a documentary about the people in the yearbook, especially Daphne’s mother. Oh, and Geneva will not give Daphne the yearbook back; employing grade school rules: say it with me, “Finders Keepers.” If I say any more, I would ruin three-fourths of the book for you. I can’t do that, really it gets better and better. You’ll meet Jeremy, an actor who lives across the hall from Daphne, and is sympathetic to her cause with Geneva. Also, her father, Frank Maritch, now a widow, all around good guy and former HS principal at that HS in Pickering, NH. He moves to NYC and starts phase two of his life as well. Think of him as the Tom Hanks of this book. Those are the main characters, but you’ll meet a few more who will play some surprising roles in our funny little story. The plot is very good, all characters well developed, very well developed; and I was never bored.I recommend this book for a lively, enjoyable read!Thank you NetGalley, Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, and Elinor Lipman
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  • Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HMH Books for sending me a copy of GOOD RIDDANCE in exchange for an honest review. This one was light and sweet, but not for me. I couldn’t get along with the main protagonist, or figure out who she was or what she wanted (#relateable though haha). Little plot progression, and a romance that felt forced. I really enjoyed the relationship between the father and daughter, however, bumping up my rating a bit. I think you’ll like this one if you’re a fan of Lipman’s other work, unlikable f Thank you HMH Books for sending me a copy of GOOD RIDDANCE in exchange for an honest review. This one was light and sweet, but not for me. I couldn’t get along with the main protagonist, or figure out who she was or what she wanted (#relateable though haha). Little plot progression, and a romance that felt forced. I really enjoyed the relationship between the father and daughter, however, bumping up my rating a bit. I think you’ll like this one if you’re a fan of Lipman’s other work, unlikable female leads, and if you can take or leave the romance.Out FEB 5!
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  • Lorilin
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne Maritch is going through a rough patch. She’s 31 and freshly divorced (after a whirlwind romance…and even shorter marriage). Her recently widowed father is also struggling, so, in an effort to support each other and make a fresh start, the two decide to move to New York to see what new adventures await them.While unpacking boxes, Daphne uncovers a yearbook her late mother left to her in her will. It’s very worn, with all kinds of, hm, colorful notes written in the margins. It’s no secret Daphne Maritch is going through a rough patch. She’s 31 and freshly divorced (after a whirlwind romance…and even shorter marriage). Her recently widowed father is also struggling, so, in an effort to support each other and make a fresh start, the two decide to move to New York to see what new adventures await them.While unpacking boxes, Daphne uncovers a yearbook her late mother left to her in her will. It’s very worn, with all kinds of, hm, colorful notes written in the margins. It’s no secret that June Maritch was one of the most popular teachers at the high school where she taught many years back. In fact, this particular yearbook was even dedicated to her. But Daphne isn’t the sentimental type, so she throws it away. Unfortunately for her, it falls into the hands of her nosy neighbor (and aspiring documentary film maker) Geneva, who concludes that the yearbook is full of untapped drama and decides to further investigate June and her relationships with her former students. Drama, predictably, ensues.This book has such an interesting premise, and I was so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, between the wholly unsympathetic characters and unbelievable plot twists, I had a hard time connecting with it. I wanted to be on Daphne’s side, but man-oh-man, the girl sure can whine. Even over the smallest grievances, she works herself up into an adolescent tizzy. She’s moody, quick-tempered, and lazy, and I just couldn’t get past her unfailing ability to demonstrate a complete lack of common sense in nearly every quasi-problematic situation. Her steamy, dreamy, younger neighbor, Jeremy, admittedly does provide a refreshing foil to her predictably dramatic outbursts. I enjoyed reading the back and forth between the two of them. I only wish Jeremy had a stronger presence in the story.There are, however, two bright and shining characters who I absolutely loved: Daphne’s father and her (now deceased) mother. Her father is grounded, sweet, and relatable. And her mother. Wow, I wish the whole book had been about her. I wanted to know more of her story, even up until the end. She comes across as smart, mysterious, beguiling. I wish I could have peeled back the layers of her life more fully.Despite my grievances with Good Riddance, I still zipped through it in no time. It’s a light and fluffy story, and even though it didn’t deliver as well as it could have, I never considered not finishing it. This is one of those books you pick up at the airport, read for a few hours on the plane, and never think about again. It’s not a life-changing book, but it’s enjoyable in its way.See more of my reviews at www.bugbugbooks.com!Big thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Good Riddance is zany, madcap chick-lit, and an enjoyable light read. The story begins when Daphne Maritch throws out her mother's yearbook from her first year of teaching, in which she has made notes about former students at every reunion for nearly 50 years. When Daphne's neighbor takes possession of the yearbook and decides she wants to make a documentary about it, all sorts of hijinks ensue.This book was fun--I enjoyed the wry style and there were laugh-out-loud funny moments, but 3.5 stars. Good Riddance is zany, madcap chick-lit, and an enjoyable light read. The story begins when Daphne Maritch throws out her mother's yearbook from her first year of teaching, in which she has made notes about former students at every reunion for nearly 50 years. When Daphne's neighbor takes possession of the yearbook and decides she wants to make a documentary about it, all sorts of hijinks ensue.This book was fun--I enjoyed the wry style and there were laugh-out-loud funny moments, but there were also directions the plot took that I didn't like, and things Daphne did that annoyed me. I would definitely recommend it to readers who like quirky romantic comedies, although I don't think it's the very best of the bunch.*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**Used for PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge prompt "A book with a two-word title."
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  • Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne has just inherited her mother's yearbook from the class of 1968 at Pickering High School in New Hampshire. That year her mother was not only the English teacher, but also the yearbook advisor. Mrs. Maritch has gone to every reunion and each year she has added notations to the yearbook to all of the students. Daphne has no need or room for the yearbook in her small New York City apartment, so she puts it in the recycling. A neighbor who is also a budding documentarian finds the yearbook, a Daphne has just inherited her mother's yearbook from the class of 1968 at Pickering High School in New Hampshire. That year her mother was not only the English teacher, but also the yearbook advisor. Mrs. Maritch has gone to every reunion and each year she has added notations to the yearbook to all of the students. Daphne has no need or room for the yearbook in her small New York City apartment, so she puts it in the recycling. A neighbor who is also a budding documentarian finds the yearbook, and is determined to make a movie with her findings. When Daphne finds out a dark secret at the 50th reunion they attend, she will stop at nothing to make sure the yearbook is not made public. With family secrets around each corner, Daphne will try her best to keep her mother's legacy in tact and her father's heart from being broken. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book. I remember the thrill of getting my yearbook from middle school all through high school and having all of my friends sign it. I don't think that I ever had or even wanted any of my teachers to sign it though. And I've been to one or two of my reunions and I surely didn't go back and makes notes on what everyone is up to now. This was a quirky story that had quite a few different elements in it. A little bit of romance, some mystery, and an annoying neighbor. Daphne is newly divorced and trying to find her way in New York City. Her apartment is small and there isn't any room for much more than her. She is going to school to be a chocolatier, but that's not really working out. She tries going back to teaching at Montessori school which she did before she was married. But with the contents of the yearbook and rumors about her mother maybe reaching the public Daphne's plate seems to be overflowing. Can she keep her mom's legacy alive and keep herself from going crazy at the same time?
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so torn here. On the one hand, I love the concept. It's unique, it's interesting, and the book is well-written.On the other hand...it's really hard to care about Daphne. She threw the yearbook away when it was the one thing she got from her dead mother, and she did it barely a year after Mom passed. That's pretty cold. I'd have liked the book infinitely better if the yearbook were lost due to carelessness or thrown out by a friend by mistake or something. I hated that Daphne threw it away - I'm so torn here. On the one hand, I love the concept. It's unique, it's interesting, and the book is well-written.On the other hand...it's really hard to care about Daphne. She threw the yearbook away when it was the one thing she got from her dead mother, and she did it barely a year after Mom passed. That's pretty cold. I'd have liked the book infinitely better if the yearbook were lost due to carelessness or thrown out by a friend by mistake or something. I hated that Daphne threw it away - partly because she completely loses the moral high ground by doing that. Most of her tension with Geneva comes from wanting the yearbook back, but she really didn't have any right to it.(view spoiler)[ The fact that she destroyed the yearbook at the end? UGH. No matter what Geneva did, Daphne's mom deserved better. I also kind of hated that, after all her fighting with Geneva over making a documentary or podcast, she creates her own one woman show. Especially when the acting classes were Jeremy's idea. He basically manipulated her. And I loathe that she lied to Peter at the end almost as much as I loathe the fact that he apparently believed her with no proof at all. (hide spoiler)]I liked the subplots with Jeremy (mostly) and Daphne's dad. Dad is probably the best character, especially at the end. The book was an enjoyable read. I just spent too much of it annoyed with Daphne, so I'm not sure I really could recommend it. I started out thinking 3 stars, but the more I type all the things I didn't like, the more I wonder if it should be 2. I wish I could give 2.5 stars.**Review based on ARC from Netgalley**
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I typically love Elinor Lipman witty and satisfying “feel good” books, which are very often romantic and literary social comedies, focusing largely on quirky heroines who navigate a confusing world.But this one is just too contrived. The basics of the plot without spoilers: Daphne Maritch “inherits” her deceased mom’s yearbook, which is filled with notes about the 1968 class. After she decides to toss it out, it falls into the hands of a nosy, trash-diving neighbor Geneva who is determined to re I typically love Elinor Lipman witty and satisfying “feel good” books, which are very often romantic and literary social comedies, focusing largely on quirky heroines who navigate a confusing world.But this one is just too contrived. The basics of the plot without spoilers: Daphne Maritch “inherits” her deceased mom’s yearbook, which is filled with notes about the 1968 class. After she decides to toss it out, it falls into the hands of a nosy, trash-diving neighbor Geneva who is determined to research the class, reveal Daphne’s mother’s juicy secrets, and turn it into a docu-drama film project. In the meantime, Daphne tries to protect her widowed father, a recent New York transplant, from the fall-out, and navigate a “friends with benefits” relationship with the handsome and young TV actor who lives across the hall.Among the problems I had was the character of Geneva, who I often wanted to slap! Although Ms. Lipman often pairs repressed and loveable heroines with flamboyant “others”, Geneva’s nosiness and lack of empathy made her someone that most people would stay a mile away from. Daphne, on the other hand, embraces her and even when she realizes her trust is misplaced, she still flies around her like a moth to a frame (for example, accompanying her to the 1968 class reunion, which can’t end well.)There are some preposterous turns of events, particularly as the book winds down. Elinor Lipman’s fluid and entertaining style kept me reading on – this author knows how to build and keep suspense. It’s fun to read but just doesn’t compare to some of this author’s other books.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    In 1991 I picked up a book by an author I had never read before, Elinor Lipman, it was THEN SHE FOUND ME, and I have been her most devoted fan ever since. GOOD RIDDANCE is right up there with my favorite Lipman books. It does harken back to the parental confusion and loyalty issues that occurred in her first novel. Again, she creates a delightful, ditzy, totally sympathetic heroine in Daphne Matrich. I quite literally could not put down the book. I cared about Daphne and her family. Lipman skill In 1991 I picked up a book by an author I had never read before, Elinor Lipman, it was THEN SHE FOUND ME, and I have been her most devoted fan ever since. GOOD RIDDANCE is right up there with my favorite Lipman books. It does harken back to the parental confusion and loyalty issues that occurred in her first novel. Again, she creates a delightful, ditzy, totally sympathetic heroine in Daphne Matrich. I quite literally could not put down the book. I cared about Daphne and her family. Lipman skillfully creates a whacky romance after a whackier marriage for Daphne. Then she stirs in a villain, only one who is not very villainous. I laughed out loud at some of the funny moments. The plot is totally original and the characters are so perfectly drawn that I could count all of as potential friends. Without a doubt, Lipman is our Jane Austen and this is another delightful novel about modern mores. For full disclosure, I have written her fan letters, and despite a lack of agreement with critics, I even loved the film made of THEN. SHE FOUND ME. Don’t miss this novel, enjoy!
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Last month, there was all kinds of chatter on the Internet about Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when word went around that she suggested throwing out books. The conversations were quite funny. Novelist Elinor Lipman anticipates what could happen if someone throws out the wrong item. Nothing is private and sacred in today's world of social media and podcasts, as Daphne Maritch learns, and regrets, in Good Riddance.A year after her mother's death, Daphne is following the Last month, there was all kinds of chatter on the Internet about Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when word went around that she suggested throwing out books. The conversations were quite funny. Novelist Elinor Lipman anticipates what could happen if someone throws out the wrong item. Nothing is private and sacred in today's world of social media and podcasts, as Daphne Maritch learns, and regrets, in Good Riddance.A year after her mother's death, Daphne is following the advice in a book, and cleaning her tiny Manhattan apartment. Although she inherited a yearbook from her mother, it doesn't bring her any joy, and she puts it in recycling. Why would a thirty-year-old divorced woman want a yearbook her mother cherished from the Pickering High School class of 1968? That class dedicated the yearbook to their teacher and advisor, June Winter Maritch. And, their teacher attended their class reunions, from their fifth to their 45th, and wrote sometimes snarky comments on pictures. To Daphne, it's trash. To Geneva Wisenkorn, one of Daphne's neighbors, that yearbook is a treasure.Geneva wants to know the truth behind the yearbook. What happened to those classmates? And, why was their former teacher obsessed enough with them to attend reunions every five years? Daphne recognizes her mistake as soon as Geneva contacts her, and wants the yearbook back. She sees it as an invasion of privacy, and intrusion on her family and the lives of fellow residents of her hometown. Geneva sees it as source material for a documentary film. And, she's sure Daphne's mother had a reason to stay in touch with that class.Good Riddance doesn't sound like a romantic comedy, does it? Believe me, Daphne has all kinds of issues in her life right now. Her short-lived marriage was a failure. Her father moves to New York City because he always wanted to live there. With Geneva's project, Daphne turns to a neighbor across the hall for advice and help, an actor who plays a teen in a popular TV show. Although the yearbook appears to be a tool for disaster in Daphne's view, the people in her life may save her from killing Geneva. It's not a light, frothy romantic comedy. It's the story of a woman's life turned upside down, and the people who are there for her. As in The Inn at Lake Devine, one of my favorites, and, as in so many of her other books, Lipman takes one simple device as a linchpin for a story that has the potential to spin out of control. Instead, she always points out the humor in life. Lipman is able to take a story just to the point of outrageous before she brings it back to the mistakes we make as ordinary people. Good Riddance is another one of her delightful stories. Elinor Lipman writes social satire with heart.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne uncovers her mother's yearbook from 68'. A yearbook that held many dear memories and jotted notes.She went on to attend every reunion and noting the likes and dislikes of each and every one.Daphne upon leaving her cozy NYC apartment decides to declutter and you guessed it tossed it out .It's unearthed by a noisy neighbor who feels it's sentimental and has a connection more powerful than words.You could say it takes on a life all its own from here on out.For me I couldn't connect with any Daphne uncovers her mother's yearbook from 68'. A yearbook that held many dear memories and jotted notes.She went on to attend every reunion and noting the likes and dislikes of each and every one.Daphne upon leaving her cozy NYC apartment decides to declutter and you guessed it tossed it out .It's unearthed by a noisy neighbor who feels it's sentimental and has a connection more powerful than words.You could say it takes on a life all its own from here on out.For me I couldn't connect with any of it and had tried to at least connect with Daphne and the relationship she had with her father but to no avail.I hope you feel differently...
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  • Melinda Worfolk
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Elinor Lipman has provided a likeable cast of characters, a zany and slightly unbelievable plot full of coincidences, family secrets, and lightly thwarted, but ultimately triumphant, sweet romance. Fluffy but well written and enjoyable comedy with a bit of romance (not central to the plot) thrown in.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    When Daphne’s mother died, she left Daphne her yearbook. Her mom was the cool, hot teacher and yearbook advisor whom all the boys adored. In fact, the yearbook was dedicated to her. She never missed a reunion and made sure everyone signed her yearbook. She then made notes in the pictures. Her take on the person, some nice some not- and some codes Daphne couldn’t decipher.Daphne throws away the yearbook and is surprised to discover that her neighbor, a filmmaker found it and wants to make a docum When Daphne’s mother died, she left Daphne her yearbook. Her mom was the cool, hot teacher and yearbook advisor whom all the boys adored. In fact, the yearbook was dedicated to her. She never missed a reunion and made sure everyone signed her yearbook. She then made notes in the pictures. Her take on the person, some nice some not- and some codes Daphne couldn’t decipher.Daphne throws away the yearbook and is surprised to discover that her neighbor, a filmmaker found it and wants to make a documentary about it. What follows is years of secrets that change Daphne and her father’s life. A fun book that at times will have you laughing out loud.
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  • Kelsey Franks
    January 1, 1970
    First, let me say thank you to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.I had high hopes for this book, the description hooked me right away and the story took off like a shot. But about a third into it, I realized this book wasn’t for me. The protagonist is not someone I could ever root for, because her characteristics that caused more problems (her selfish entitlement, lying, etc) are never even slightly overcome or acknowledged. Th First, let me say thank you to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.I had high hopes for this book, the description hooked me right away and the story took off like a shot. But about a third into it, I realized this book wasn’t for me. The protagonist is not someone I could ever root for, because her characteristics that caused more problems (her selfish entitlement, lying, etc) are never even slightly overcome or acknowledged. The plot we are presented is not the one that is in this book, it veers off into a million different things and I felt I was on a wild goose chase. There are no women in this book that stand on their own two feet - there was an opportunity with June's character, but it was eventually a plot exploited by her own daughter. Ugh. I’m sure there is an audience for this book, but I cringed too many times to recommend it.
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  • Charlie Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: If, as in this novel, someone started sending me $5000 every three months --- TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR --- not only would I dance for joy until I no doubt had a coronary event --- but NEVER would I EVER tell them to stop sending me that money. Twenty thousand dollars a year is more than I have made in a year, hell, sometimes two or three years, for most of my adult life. Seriously, if someone sent me $5000 AT ALL, my life would be about a million times easier. And a regula Full disclosure: If, as in this novel, someone started sending me $5000 every three months --- TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR --- not only would I dance for joy until I no doubt had a coronary event --- but NEVER would I EVER tell them to stop sending me that money. Twenty thousand dollars a year is more than I have made in a year, hell, sometimes two or three years, for most of my adult life. Seriously, if someone sent me $5000 AT ALL, my life would be about a million times easier. And a regular $5000 would solve most of my day-to-day worries and issues. So, right away, this part of the plot put me in a WTF ARE YOU DOING? NEVER! sort of a bad mood.I open the covers of an Elinor Lipman novel with some confidence what I'll find. We have those understandings with certain authors: I will read your every release and you will deliver me your regular fare. This isn't to say that said fare is boring, rote, or without surprise and delight. It's simply, at least in the case of Elinor Lipman, I know there will be an interesting premise around which will be built a romantic-usually cute meet-happy get together in the end main plot, with interesting sub-plots and secondary characters; there will be some quirk, some smirk, some snark, and none of it will be mean-spirited or too emotionally demanding.It will be a fast read. And so it was with "Good Riddance" --- and thus I am left with the question, "WHY AM I SO ANNOYED?"It boils down to a few things. Our heroine, Daphne, recently divorced after less than a year from a p.o.s. trust fund baby who wed her just to get his inheritance released, has had to relocate to a tiny apartment in Manhattan, during which process she downsizes her belongings, tossing what (ugh, this crap again) "does not bring her joy" --- a list which includes a yearbook her deceased mother, a school teacher, left to her specifically in her will. The yearbook was dedicated by the graduating class that year to Daphne's mother, and her mother had attended many of the class reunions, making notes beside the names of students about what they had and had not become.Daphne's crazy neighbor (here's some of that Lipman quirkiness) rescues the yearbook from the trash and decides it would make a good basis for a documentary. Daphne is not happy. And all of this leads to the revealing of secrets (none of which come as any surprise) and, too, Daphne's involvement with the neighbor across the hall, an actor who plays a small role on "Riverdale".Okay, FIRST, that actor lives in/owns(?) a nice Manhattan apartment when he's basically an extra, who has a publicist? And, he's ALWAYS there, which, would be impossible since "Riverdale" shoots in Vancouver, three thousand miles and a six hour plane ride away. So, that makes no sense. At all.Second, the secrets revealed by the yearbook/documentary shenanigans have to do with the family, and Daphne never actually shares them with some family members, which seems impossibly false to me. Third, and MOST ANNOYINGLY UNBELIEVABLE TO ME --- that $5000/$20,000 issue with which I started.Now listen, I am as eager and happy to suspend disbelief as the next reader of happily-ever-after novels. I am. Believe me, I will take all the happily ever after-ing I can get. BUT, there's a difference between asking readers to suspend their disbelief and asking them to move into fairy-tale realm of magic realism, which those three things sort of ask of the reader. It felt lazy to me, and a little too much of an ask.And so, two stars. Because. Well, I want that $5000. That's just how shallow I am. (Not to mention, I have a thing for EVERY SINGLE MALE ACTOR on "Riverdale" and that Daphne gets both that money --- and foolishly rejects it --- and to sex it up with a "Riverdale" actor. No. I have suffered enough in life that those things should be mine.)
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  • Jill Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    I never thought I’d give an Elinor Lipman book anything less than four or five stars...at least til I read her newest novel. Here’s my two star review.”Elinor Lipman basically writes the same book with every one she writes. The main character is usually a young woman who is emeshed in a large family and milieu filled with colorful and lovable people. While there is usually a problem the young woman has to solve, the books always end happily. Sometimes tragedy will strike a minor character, but t I never thought I’d give an Elinor Lipman book anything less than four or five stars...at least til I read her newest novel. Here’s my two star review.”Elinor Lipman basically writes the same book with every one she writes. The main character is usually a young woman who is emeshed in a large family and milieu filled with colorful and lovable people. While there is usually a problem the young woman has to solve, the books always end happily. Sometimes tragedy will strike a minor character, but things still turn out well. Lipman is also a novelist who works mostly with dialogue to move her plots forward and she’s a master at the technique. She’s so good that even a poor book like “Good Riddance” is fun to read (at least til you think about it).“Lipman’s latest book can be combined with two previous novels - “The Pursuit of Alice Thrift” and “The Ladies Man” - in the category of poor. The main character- Daphne Maritch - is the typical Lipman protagonist. She’s fled her quiet life in small town New Hampshire to an exciting life in New York City. She has an ill-advised first marriage which ends in an early divorce. She has a typical “cute meet” with her neighbor, an actor a few years her junior. But her life goes a bit berserk when her mother dies back in New Hampshire, leaving Daphne a highly annotated 1968 high school yearbook. What did all the notes mean? Daphne deep sixes the yearbook in her apartment recycling bin, where it’s taken by a Lipman-eccentric villain. Things come to a head when Daphne’s widower father moves to New York City, fulfilling a lifelong desire to live in the big city.“ I hate to say that “Good Riddance” is a mess of a book, but I will say it, “it’s a disaster”. The characters are fine but Lipman can’t seem to figure out what to with them. Everybody mills around like lost actors on stage in a bad play. I wish I could say it’s worth reading, but it really isn’t.”
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  • Reading Mama
    January 1, 1970
    "The expert recommended this: Hold the item in question, be it book or sweater or socks or muffin tin, to your chest, over your heart, and ask yourself, Does this thing inspire joy? The best-selling decluttering wizard said the property owner had to be tough, even ruthless. I certainly was that." ❤🖤•Good Riddance begins with Daphne, a new divorcée, throwing out her mother's yearbook. The yearbook has tons of notes about the students in it. Daphne's busybody neighbor, Geneva, believes that "one m "The expert recommended this: Hold the item in question, be it book or sweater or socks or muffin tin, to your chest, over your heart, and ask yourself, Does this thing inspire joy? The best-selling decluttering wizard said the property owner had to be tough, even ruthless. I certainly was that." ❤️🖤•Good Riddance begins with Daphne, a new divorcée, throwing out her mother's yearbook. The yearbook has tons of notes about the students in it. Daphne's busybody neighbor, Geneva, believes that "one man's trash is another man's treasure," so when she sees the yearbook in the trash, she picks it up. Geneva believes that she can turn the contents of the yearbook into an interesting documentary and podcast. What ensues is a "series of events, both poignant and absurd." ❤️🖤•This book was a delightful surprise! It was definitely one of those "palate cleansers" novels. There were times where I found myself laughing out loud. Daphne's character was sarcastic and cynical, yet honest and charming. Her neighbor was completely ridiculous, and I loved the play on the stereotypical busybody neighbor. The cast of characters reminded me of those in a Fredrik Backman novel. They were real, flawed, quirky, and yet endearing all the same. I also loved the incorporation of family drama, specifically that involving the deceased mother, who was, on the surface, a beloved teacher and yearbook advisor. I kept wanting to see how Daphne's journey unfolded, and I found myself picking this book up every spare chance I got. This book comes out on February 5. If you love character-driven novels or charming stories with endearing characters, this just might be the book for you. 4⭐️/5.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This book was full of all the things I have come to expect from an Elinor Lipman: quirky characters, humor, some romance, a New England setting (though only partially in this story), and a wonky plot line that drives the story forward. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and found the relationship between Daphne and her father Tom to be really endearing. I also was 100% invested in the romantic relationship between Daphne and Jeremy from the start. The story moved along quickly and I found This book was full of all the things I have come to expect from an Elinor Lipman: quirky characters, humor, some romance, a New England setting (though only partially in this story), and a wonky plot line that drives the story forward. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and found the relationship between Daphne and her father Tom to be really endearing. I also was 100% invested in the romantic relationship between Daphne and Jeremy from the start. The story moved along quickly and I found myself chuckling at the shenanigans that Daphne found herself in. The things that bumped this book down a few stars were that I struggled with seeing who Daphne was as a character for a while. Once I understood that her character was supposed to be kind of unlikable I was able to understand the story more. It also felt a little disjointed between Geneva's story with the yearbook and the ending. Overall, I enjoyed this one! I think it'd make an excellent vacation read or a read for when you are in the mood for something entertaining.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first experience with this author, and I have to say that for the most part, I really enjoyed it! It's a genuinely fascinating premise for what is mostly a love story (though it could be argued to be more of a family drama) involving a yearbook that approaches its class' 50th reunion. It's a light-hearted and fun read - and one that definitely made me laugh out loud a few times. And I think that there is a real cinematic flair here. Rom Com books aren't typically a go-to genre for me, This is my first experience with this author, and I have to say that for the most part, I really enjoyed it! It's a genuinely fascinating premise for what is mostly a love story (though it could be argued to be more of a family drama) involving a yearbook that approaches its class' 50th reunion. It's a light-hearted and fun read - and one that definitely made me laugh out loud a few times. And I think that there is a real cinematic flair here. Rom Com books aren't typically a go-to genre for me, but this one is a genuinely good book that makes me more hopeful for the genre overall!This is great escapism and certainly celebrates New York City well while still striking a realistic chord. There are plenty of modern and relevant details here to further ground what is an otherwise slightly unbelievable story in reality with the details of plays, movies, musicals and TV Shows). It's a fun book and it makes me curious to check out more from this author.My only real complaint is that I didn't find the main character, Daphne, to be quite as charming as the other characters in the book seemed to find her... but I definitely adored Tom and the whole dog walking angle added to the overall fun. It brightened my otherwise grim day and that says a lot!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    3 and a half starsThanks to Netgalley for the advanced review copy of Good Riddance!This book is fun, quirky, and well-written. The story is very unique and fresh. However, some of the characters and relationships seemed a little one dimensional and not fully explored to their potential. I liked the relationship between Daphne and her father, but I felt like I wanted more with regards to her love interest and sister. I’d recommend this book to fans of Elinor Lipman or someone looking for a light 3 and a half starsThanks to Netgalley for the advanced review copy of Good Riddance!This book is fun, quirky, and well-written. The story is very unique and fresh. However, some of the characters and relationships seemed a little one dimensional and not fully explored to their potential. I liked the relationship between Daphne and her father, but I felt like I wanted more with regards to her love interest and sister. I’d recommend this book to fans of Elinor Lipman or someone looking for a lighter read. This would be a great beach read.
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  • Lorri Steinbacher
    January 1, 1970
    Read in prepub. Due out Feb 2019. The annotated yearbook is such an interesting thing to hang a plot on, and Lipman populates the plot with likable characters that you can't help but root for and with "villains" so ridiculous that you can't help but laugh at them. Perfectly paced, engagingly written and fun. Lipman does it again.
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  • Melissa Hinnen
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun book. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a comedic novel and I really enjoyed this. The dialogue was witty, there were heartwarming moments and while the story was a bit contrived it wasn’t ridiculous. The tone was just right, the characters were eclectic, and the book was peppered with relevant references to our current period of time. First but certainly not last time I will be reading Lipman’s work.
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  • Anya
    January 1, 1970
    This was a funny, light and entertaining read. I loved the whole premise surrounding the year-book and the reunion. Lots of quirky characters! Thank you Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with an egalley.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this 3.5 🌟 story that was a lot of fun to read. A very creative read. A main character with a bit of sass. A great father daughter relationship and a cute budding romance.
  • Karen Ng
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.A fun chick litfrom a very good writer. The story is quite refreshing and characters unique if you don't count the supporting "actress" that annoyed me to no end.almost perfect... Would've been a 4.
  • Lucy Burdette
    January 1, 1970
    I wait eagerly for each new release from Elinor Lipman. Good Riddance was a fine addition, charming, funny, and heart-warming.
  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    I lovvvvved this book. So not what I expected. I laughed out loud, couldn’t stop turning pages, and found the whole thing an unexpected delight. It was a sweet, different, and a joy to read novel from one of my new favorite authors.
  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    The author has done it again, with humor and heart, as Daphne’s story will have you laughing out loud. After Daphne’s mom dies and leaves her the yearbook that honored her Mom with her first teaching class in 1968, Daphne decides to de clutter and dump it. The yearbook is salvaged from the dumpster by her neighbor who decides to turn it into a documentary, causing all kinds of havoc. A perfect vacation read, I really enjoyed it.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed many of Lipman's books, and Good Riddance held a lot of quirky promise. A young woman adrift in NYC after the end of a sham marriage throws out her mother's annotated yearbook in a burst of KonMari-ing. A nosy aspiring documentary filmmaker finds it and decides to make an expose of long-buried secrets. Throw in a bunch of other twists and turns, and out-there reactions, and perfect side characters, and you have this novel. The voice of our main character reads way older than Daphne I've enjoyed many of Lipman's books, and Good Riddance held a lot of quirky promise. A young woman adrift in NYC after the end of a sham marriage throws out her mother's annotated yearbook in a burst of KonMari-ing. A nosy aspiring documentary filmmaker finds it and decides to make an expose of long-buried secrets. Throw in a bunch of other twists and turns, and out-there reactions, and perfect side characters, and you have this novel. The voice of our main character reads way older than Daphne is intended to be, and despite the contemporary touches of podcasting and the popularity of the tv show Riverdale, I was not sure I believed the setting of current-day rather than 90s or 2000s New York. It felt scattered, like a bunch of good vignettes that had been strung together. An interesting read, but left me scratching my head.
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  • BOOKLOVER10
    January 1, 1970
    Elinor Lipman is renowned for her amusing and literate works of fiction, in which quirky characters interact in unexpected ways. Thirty-two-year-old Daphne Maritch endured a disastrous albeit mercifully short marriage. Her advice? “Never marry a man who proposes too early.” After Daphne’s mother (a former English teacher) passes away, she leaves Daphne an unexpected bequest--“a painstakingly annotated high school yearbook”--in which June Maritch wrote copious and often snarky comments about her Elinor Lipman is renowned for her amusing and literate works of fiction, in which quirky characters interact in unexpected ways. Thirty-two-year-old Daphne Maritch endured a disastrous albeit mercifully short marriage. Her advice? “Never marry a man who proposes too early.” After Daphne’s mother (a former English teacher) passes away, she leaves Daphne an unexpected bequest--“a painstakingly annotated high school yearbook”--in which June Maritch wrote copious and often snarky comments about her students. In the mood to declutter, Daphne puts the yearbook out with the trash, not expecting that her nosy neighbor, Geneva Wisenkorn, “a boundary-challenged chatterbox,” would pluck it out of the recycling bin. Ms. Wisenkorn concocts a harebrained scheme—to use the yearbook as inspiration for a documentary film she plans to make.“Good Riddance” is an occasionally diverting novel about the bond between parents and children; the challenge of finding a loyal and loving romantic partner; and the complications that can ensue when explosive secrets suddenly come to light. There is a great deal that Daphne never knew about her mother, and what she learns unnerves her. In addition, not only must Daphne deal with the persistent and obnoxious Geneva, but our heroine finds herself in an ambiguous relationship with Jeremy Wynn, a twenty-five-year-old actor who lives across the hall from her. Fortunately, Daphne’s father, Thomas, decides to move from their hometown in New Hampshire to New York City. He provides comfort and advice to Daphne, who lives on a tight budget in a cramped Manhattan apartment, and is studying online to be a chocolatier. The author focuses on her characters’ off-the-wall shenanigans, the dialogue is witty, and the situations are mostly absurd. Lipman satirizes the mores of New Yorkers, particularly in some funny sequences about affluent clients who pay dog walkers to care for their precious pooches. Although she is a basically good-hearted person, the daffy Daphne lacks a clear sense of who she is and what she would like to do with her life. The talented Lipman does not fully succeed in balancing her story’s lighter elements with its more serious themes. Daphne’s behavior is exasperating, Lipman’s plot is slapdash, and the proceedings culminate in a sweet but unremarkable conclusion. Readers will get a few chuckles from the book’s sarcastic narration, but it is unlikely that even diehard fans will give this novel much thought after they turn the final page.
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