Whatever Makes You Happy Book Summary and Study Guide

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Gillian, Helen, and Carol have been best friends since childhood, they devise a plan to reconnect with their distant sons. Three middle-aged friends are trying to deal with sons who don't seem to appreciate a Mother's love. Gillian, Helen, and Carol devise a plan like the ones they used to dream up when they were girls in order to gain the attention of their sons.
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The women decide to arrive without notice and stay for a week long visit in hopes of reconnecting with their male adult children.

Helen's son Paul is gay and in a relationship. He has yet to come out to his mother and her coming to visit without as much of a warning surprises both Paul and his boyfriend of four months. Andre gets to meet Helen before Paul comes from work and Helen simply asks if he is Paul's boyfriend. An affirmative response gives Helen the edge she thinks she needs to get close to her son.

Carol's surprise visit to her son Matt's warehouse loft is not going smoothly. He has women to date, and people to impress. His schedule is his own outside of work where he's the features editor of BALLS! Magazine. Carol won't won't win any cool points for showing up with a suitcase packed with seven day's worth of clothing and a fierce need to know her son better. Using her best tactics Carol gets Matt to see that Julie (the girl she wants for him) is a great catch.

Gillian can't imagine what is stopping her attractive son Daniel from enjoying life as she feels a thirty-four year old son should. When she shows up on a Saturday night he's content reading a novel. He doesn't share with his mother that he is heartbroken over the breakup he and Erin (the woman he wants).

Paul finally comes out to Helen and everyone wonders just what took him so long to state the obvious. Matt donates sperm to lesbian friends and Carol is ecstatic at the thought of becoming a grandmother (even though the baby has four grandparents in waiting). Daniel figures out how to communicate to Erin that he loves her and wants to marry her.

A visit from their moms and gaining insight into who they are is what Paul, Daniel, and Matt needed to move their intimate relationships with their mother's and significant others to the next level.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked that three middle-aged women are extremely clever in getting the attention of their sons.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Helen tricked Paul's boyfriend Andre into coming clean about their relationship.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Carol's creativity in getting admitted into the BALLS! event.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Son Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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