A wealthy family is ruled by a bullying tyrant of a husband/father. Everyone has learned to tiptoe around the triggers that set him off. There is no sexual abuse but there is much physical and psychological violenc
The oldest child is a high-school senior who is worried about leaving home for the out-of-town college her father wants her to attend, because she fears for the safety of the younger sister. The mother is a neglectful, functioning alcoholic.
Things are brought to a head and resolved in a difficult but (to this reader) satisfying way. Still, it is a long and tense read.
The main character engages in a sexual relationship with her boyfriend, and readers will learn how to go about getting birth control advice and pills from Planned Parenthood. There is a gay character. None of the sex is explicit. There is a lot of bad language of all kinds.
The book is interesting, well-written, and the characters are sympathetic.