Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Tiny Imperfections” by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, GP Putman & Sons, May 5, 2020
WOW!! Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, authors of “Tiny Imperfections” have written a witty, humourous, entertaining, captivating, and delightful novel. The timeline for the story is set in the authors’ present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events in the story. The story takes place mostly in an affluent Private school in San Franciso but also takes place in New York. The colorful cast of characters is just perfectly flawed, mostly likable, quirky, and comical.
Josie Bordelon is a 39-year-old Black administrator of an elite private school, where affluent parents try as early and hard as they can to get their Kindergarten children to be accepted. Each parent sends in proof of travel, languages, and scholastic skills of their children. The admission process is very selective and competitive, and their acceptance is not guaranteed for everyone. Some of the email and test communications between Josie and the parents are hysterical.
Josie’s Aunt Viv has been the head cook for fifty years and has brought up Josie. Josie now has a daughter Etta, that is going to apply to colleges. Etta has her heart on Juilliard in New York City. Josie does not want Etta to repeat the mistakes Josie made when she was in New York.
I love the way the authors vividly describe the parents, the Supervisors, and the scenery. I also appreciate that the authors discuss the importance of a diverse population, the importance of family, and friends, mothers and daughters, love, hope and dreams.
I would highly recommend this book to many of my teacher friends, and readers that enjoy an entertaining, yet thought-provoking novel.