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Reviewed by Marissa Tapia for Readers' Favorite
74 Lakeview Avenue by Barb McIntyre is a book written from the perspective of a superintendent named Earnest as he retells the stories of his residents and the struggles they hide behind closed doors (which he acquires in less than honest ways). Through a series of short stories, the reader learns about the many characters, their lives, and how they each overcome their struggles.
Each of the characters in 74 Lakeview Avenue is relatable in some way or another, so I could sympathize with almost every character or at least I found something I liked about them. What I liked the most about the book was that each character had a struggle they had to overcome in their lives, but by the end of each short story, they had found happiness, or had come to a resolution to better themselves or their lives. Some stories were more humorous, others serious; however, each one was equally as entertaining. The book analyzes a person's relationships with their siblings, spouses, parents, and children. Earnest gives reasons why each person was able to find happiness and his perspective is enlightening and also ties everything together. Some of the stories had good morals that made me think about including in my own life. Overall, Barb McIntyre's book is one that everyone can relate and sympathize with. I really enjoyed reading it. Seriously, I read it in under two days.