Molly Anderson just found out her dad is getting married to a woman she’s only met once.
Fourteen-year-old Molly had planned to spend the summer before high school reading books, eating junk food, and napping. Instead, she’s forced to spend her days juggling four new family members, a grumpy older brother, a crazy grandmother, and Max, the new boy next door. Having lost her mother in a car accident a year before, she’s not sure how many more changes she can take before she hits her breaking point.
The Trouble with Family tells the tale of a girl trying to make the most of her summer, not just survive it.
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The courtroom smelled like burnt popcorn. Holding my breath, I shifted in my seat, making the hard wooden bench creak under my butt.
“This is taking forever,” Ben hissed into my ear.
I ignored him and glanced across the aisle my soon-to-be step-siblings. Clara cut her icy blue eyes at me without actually turning her head. She sat beside her brother Sam, stiff and plastic-looking with perfectly highlighted blonde hair, only reinforcing my initial suspicion that she was, in fact, a living Barbie doll. Sam, on the other hand, actually looked over at me and offered a slight nod.
“Children of the Corn,” Ben whispered.
I rolled my eyes and faced forward. “Just because they’re blonde-”
“Blonde and creepy,” he interjected.
The doors at the back of the room opened and Judge Newton walked in, followed closely by Dad and Susan.
Dad wore a dark grey suit; the only one he owned. He looked nervous but happy as he smoothed the back of his dark brown hair, making sure it was in place. Susan wore a short, lacy, white dress that accentuated her long legs and blue wedge sandals that matched her eyes. Her poorly-dyed orange hair was pulled back into a chignon. They held hands tightly and walked slowly down the aisle until they were standing directly in front of the judge.
“The scandal of Oak Lake,” I muttered.
Ben looked at me quizzically and I shook my head. Never mind. That’s what I’d overheard Ida Miller call the wedding yesterday. In a town of five thousand people, I suppose a recently widowed man marrying a relative stranger is something worth talking about.
Judge Newton was an older gray-haired woman with small glasses and an air of indifference. She gave a tight smile, looking around at all of us. “We are gathered together in the presence of these witnesses to join this man and this woman in matrimony.”
Reality hit me like a ton of bricks. The smell of popcorn mixed with the fact that my father was marrying a woman I’d only met once made my stomach churn uneasily.
Beside me, Ben’s head fell into his hands. “I can’t believe he’s doing this, Molly,” he mumbled.
My heart pumped faster; suddenly this was too real.
About the Author:
Heather Hobbs was born and raised in Michigan and currently lives in Colorado with her husband and two sweet but poorly-trained dogs. She has a BA in English Literature and a MA in Library Science. She is hard at work on her second book.
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
When I was young, I was obsessed with Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl. I particularly loved The BFG. As a teen, I loved (and still love) Harry Potter, Little Women, Pride & Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird, among many others.
What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
One of my all-time favorite book characters is Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She is perfectly imperfect. I hope that readers feel a connection to Molly, the main character in The Trouble with Family. I think the changes she’s dealing with will be relatable to readers.
What can readers expect from you next?
I hope to release a novel titled Spark in late 2016. The sequel to The Trouble with Family will be released in 2017. It’s titled Wooden Nickels & Elevator Passes and covers Molly’s first year of high school.
Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
The book is a contemporary YA title. It deals with topics including stepfamilies, siblings, and coming of age.
Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television Shows? Movies?
I enjoy reading a wide-range of genres. I still read a lot of YA, even as an adult. I recently read Outside by Nicole Sewell and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I’m also about halfway through Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro series, which I’m really enjoying. As far as TV shows, my all-time favorites are probably Gilmore Girls and Lost!
What is your favorite place to visit?
I love to travel so that’s a tough question! I enjoy visiting Michigan, where I grew up – I miss the water! I’m always up for a trip to Las Vegas or Chicago as well.
What words do you live by?
I’ve always enjoyed this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt – “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Anything else you would like to share with readers?
I hope you enjoy the book!
Thanks for the awesome interview, Heather!