Motherhood Modified

All the Time in the World

Raising children is a full-time job for parents, but additionally so for babysitters or nannies as they get attached to the children they’re helping take care of. All The Time in the World by Caroline Angell depicts the life of a babysitter whose life is drastically up-heaved by an unfortunate event.

Charlotte is educated in music composition, but in trying to decide what she wants to do with her life after an initial setback, she begins babysitting for the McLean family. Taking care of Matt and George can be difficult at times, but with the support of their mother Gretchen and father Scotty, Charlotte enjoys her time with the boys and has fun making up songs for them. When a car accident takes Gretchen’s life, Charlotte’s role in the boys’ lives gets complicated and her life plans get even more blurred.

A compelling story that illustrates that there’s much in life that we take for granted but shouldn’t as we never know when it could be taken away. The way the narrative jumps around in time could, at times, be a little disorienting, but it was at least tied together by a narrative thread that made logical sense for the jumps in time. I wasn’t entirely sold on the relationship dynamics between Charlotte, Scotty, and Patrick, which made it difficult to connect with and believe in the presented situation.

Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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