The Treehouse by Randi Triant

If you like a book where you have a weak character who constantly quotes from classic literature and humanities yet finds her strength as the story goes on, then this one is for you. Camilla had been in a long time relationship with Allison, a sometimes emotionally and verbally abusive Doctor. They had a child named Nico and one day Camilla had enough of the abuse and left her son behind with Allison. A few years go by and Camilla decides to build a treehouse for Nico while Allison and he are away on a week long vacation.

Camilla has help with her loyal yet exasperating best friend Taylor, who arrives with her Audrey Hepburn lookalike girlfriend. Scandal erupts at the school where Camilla teaches during the week.

One correction that I would like to point out is that the all girl rock band The Runaways was a 70’s band, not 80’s as stated. My best friend has been a die hard Runaways fan since they began, and has taught me enough to know that the band was active from 1975-1979.

The story itself had piqued my interest enough that I kept reading to see how it ends. And I’m not thrilled with the ending only because, in my opinion, it should have been more. I don’t like the “that’s it?” feeling I had.

The writing was excellent and the story flowed nicely, some funny, some sad, some thought provoking times. All in all, not a bad book, just could have been less quotes from the Humanities Professor (must you keep telling me about other books? I’m reading this one) and more of an ending unless there will be a sequel.

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  1. Thanks for your take on this book and for putting in the correction on the all girl’s band, The Runaways. Having been in an all girl’s rock band a decade earlier, I would have gotten very upset had I been reading and seen that error. The 1980’s was very different from the 60’s and 70’s regarding women’s rights and what was happening in the music scene. What was so fascinating about that particular band was that they were unique for the 70’s, (But not for the 1980’s.) I remember when the Runaways first came out. By then I was already married and a mother, but I got a big kick out of seeing Joan Jett using a Gibson Melody Maker, the same kind of guitar I used back in 1966 when I played Rhythm guitar. (BTW, Joan J still uses that same guitar to this day on several of her songs in concert.- A little rock trivia for you. The neck on that guitar is thin and easy for girls to maneuver.) For those of us who were into the music scene back in the day, we totally would have noticed that error and that alone would have been enough for me to put down the book.
    As a retired teacher, I am a stickler for details and anyone who takes the time to write a novel better do his/her research before publishing it. That is a mistake that should never have happened. It’s rather like misquoting Shakespeare and mixing up Macbeth’s lines with that of Romeo’s. Some mess-ups are just unforgivable.

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    1. Hi Lesley, thank you for your comment. I respect your passion and I understand it completely. My nostrils have flared when hearing Cherie Currie’s first named mispronounced by an interviewer. I have never understood the contempt over strong women, whether in science, music, sports, cooking, politics, religion or socialism etc., the history has either been incorrect or untold. I was a late bloomer to The Runaways, being a bit too young to know of them when they were active. My teenage years though were spent listening to Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Tina Turner. I knew that Joan had been in an all female rock band but that was about it. It wasn’t until I met my BFF, that I became well versed in the subject of The Runaways and women who rock. I agree with you too that research must be done before publishing, it’s a lack of respect otherwise.

      I can’t imagine what it would have been like being in an all female band back in the 60’s. How often did you hear that girls can’t play guitar?

      Have you read Lita’s or Cherie’s autobiographies?

      Thanks gain,

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      1. No I didn’t read their autobiographies. But I have watched some recent clips of them with Joan discussing the good old days. I see Joan perform when she comes to S Florida, which is frequent. Quite often her old Runaway band mates are in the audience and she has them stand when she sings their songs. They all look great. Actually, kids thought it was very cool that girls played guitar. We had lots of teen boys as fans. Lol

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