Yep. I'm seriously mad at myself for not reading this gem earlier. And FAMILY CARE is exactly that: a gem. Wow and WOW!
So, Josie is your atypical high school senior, opting to spend her last spring break babysitting for the neighborhood power couple, the Sharps, instead of hanging out with her friends. Though the Sharps appear to have it all, they certainly don't have it all together, as Josie soon learns.
The story itself is working on a number of different levels, at once `coming of age' and `coming together' while also `coming apart.' I've read all of Jessa's other work so I KNOW she is "Queen of the plot twist," but she goes above and beyond here, creating a vortex that draws the reader deep into each character. And she does it so subtly that you're not aware you're in until, well, you're in! Smokin' hot sex is set against a backdrop of this ever-present tug o' war--innocence vs guilt, old vs new, strong vs fragile, child vs adult--elevating the husband-cheats-with-babysitter trope by digging into the raw emotions of everyone involved.
Let me add that I LOVE Jessa's handling of the three Sharp kids. They're essentially the initiating incident in the story (in more ways than one) but they're not so present as to be overdone. And still, with their limited page time, I feel like they were real rugrats, each with their own personality and each contributing to the story instead of just being atmosphere.
Don't wait like I did. Read this NOW. You won't be disappointed.