My Townie Heart by Diana Sperrazza

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My Townie Heart
  written by Diana Sperrazza
  Hardcover, 144 Pages
  Fiction, June 2015

Publisher's Synopsis:
Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture is reaching its peak in the 1970's.  Reluctantly, she returns to live back home with her parents and her sister.  After failing at college, she's now trapped in a the blue-collar town that she so hoped to escape.

But Laura soon finds that her sister, a fierce survivor of a childhood attack who has rather foolishly gotten pregnant, needs her help, and she unexpectedly finds love with a local guy.

Even though the school offers to reinstate her scholarship, leaving home again suddenly gets harder.  She's torn between dreams of a new and better life out west and the undertow of a dysfunctional family.

As the conflicts in her life threaten to drag her under, Laura becomes agoraphobic.  How can she reconcile her divided loyalties and find her genuine life?

Diana Sperazza is an Emmy-award winning journalist, who grew up in Massachusetts.  She moved to New Mexico and started journalism, then moved to D.C. working in television.  She currently lives in NYC and works as a senior executive producer for the crime channel, Investigation Discovery.  Visit online at

My Thoughts
Even though this was a short story, it took me a while to read because it was a bit boring.  It seemed like all that was happening was smoking, drinking, sex, and whining.  I know it was supposed to be set in the 1970's, but it was still super slow for me.  The characters were selfish and not very likable.  Laura develops agoraphobia after witnessing her sister stabbing a man, but it is short lived and she ends up moving to another state.  It just wasn't very interesting to me.  I Rated This Book:  2/5 Stars **

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