Cousins by Rona Jaffe

Restlessness in her current relationship leads a NYC woman to wonder if her family’s legacy has doomed her to unhappiness.

I loved, loved, loved Jaffe’s debut novel The Best of Everything, which is one of those great coming-of-age stories from the early 60s, like The Bell Jar only awesomely soapy. The movie adaptation is campy and features Joan Crawford as an evil boss that would put Miranda Priestly to shame.

Unfortunately, Cousins is just another run-of-the-mill Fear of Flying ripoff–really not my cup of tea at all. It’s not campy, and it’s not literary, and I just found it boring.

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