April is a 36-year-old Latin teacher, who's a little Vulcan-ish and detached and chill, living a normal life. Oh yeah, and she happens to have been adopted. A few years after her parents died, her biological mother, talk show host Bernice, comes looking for her. April never had any curiosity about her biological parents before this, and upon meeting her mother*, would have been quite happy not to have. Because man, the lady has screws loose. If not for the physical resemblance, you wouldn't buy it. And when Bernice tells April that her biological father was Jack Kennedy...uh, yeah, RIGHT.
April, no dumb bunny, gets the school librarian to research the possibility of this to prove Bernice wrong, and ends up getting involved with him. And Dwight is a pretty adorable guy deep down, with quiet snark. He also has the right attitude to take towards Bernice, i.e. "grab your popcorn and watch the crazy show." April keeps on tolerating Bernice, and quizzing her about who her father actually was--"uh, some other guy named Jack..." and quietly dealing with a three-ring circus lady invading her life.
And then April talks to her mother's friend Sonia and finds out there's a lot more to the baby daddy story--and her adoption--than she thought....
This is a sweet, quietly fun little story. Like Dwight, you find that taking Bernice in as a form of entertainment (as best you can) is the right attitude to take. April loosens up and becomes more fun, and finds a way to resolve all the strangeness that her life is now. I liked it quite a bit. Four stars.
* for purposes of writing this review, assume I mean "bio-mom" every time I say that, but given Bernice's attitude of coming in and taking up the motherhood mantle again, it seems relevant to refer to her as such too, even though she's not the mom who raised April.