Porter scores another home run with her latest, which is not quite a sequel to Odd Mom Out but features many of the same characters. She invokes the same magic achieved so winningly in her earlier book, painting Taylor as an evolved, lovable, three-dimensional character.
Now Taylor must learn to stand on her own two feet, with no help from the man she's loved since college. Just as her world is falling apart, she finds hope in the strangest place of all--her nemesis, free-spirited Marta Zinsser, who stands against everything Taylor has always believed in. (5 Spot, May, 417 pp., $13.99)