The Fallback Plan - Leigh Stein

Leigh Stein's The Fallback Plan tells the story of Esther Kohler's post graduation summer at home. She has no plans and is hoping for an illness to help pass the time (nothing disfiguring, please). Esther takes a job as a babysitter for the daughter of a couple who recently lost an infant, pursues a crush who is less than a worthy catch, and writes (in her head at least) a screenplay about a Jewish panda traveling to a Narnia-esque land. It takes all of these experiences, chronicled by Stein with real wit and warmth, that help propel Esther, albeit grudgingly, into adulthood.