Henry and Sophia Kneis come from old money. They are cultured and educated, but that doesn’t mean they know everything. They have no clue how to deal with their drug addict, rock star son. Some of the clues of how Alan ended up the way he is are pretty evident in the way they are raising Alan’s kids. They mean well, but they’re inflexible. Sophia’s insistence that children need routine isn’t bad, but completely inflexible routine isn’t helping anyone, especially the special needs children she’s caring for. Their odd callousness to Alan’s struggles with addiction isn’t because they’re bad people, but because they just don’t know what to do about it.
Alan’s parents were fun to write because I have known a lot of people who, while doing their best, just didn’t get it. I loved writing Angie’s reactions to what’s going on, as a nice person and somebody who does get it.
I’ve never been a big Motley Crue fan, but with my interest in the subject matter, I couldn’t resist this book. Motley Crue was the basis for SendDown, crass, rude, dysfunctional. This book is extremely well written though. It’s an unblinking look at excess and ego.
Alan has found the girl of his dreams. She’s going to help him get past his addiction and get his kids back. Too bad she’s been hired to play the part.
Angela Carpenter doesn’t want to take the part, but unsuccessful actresses with equally unsuccessful roommates could not afford to turn down six-figure jobs. The fact that Alan Kneis is so determined to stick to his rehab really appeals to her, but eventually he’s going to find out that she was playing a part. She needs to keep him straight and her heart off her sleeve to make this work at all.