Priced out of their Manhattan neighborhood, Jessica and Aaron move with their young daughters to the one place Jessica swore she’d never go: the suburbs. But to Jessica’s surprise, life in the commuter belt makes a great first impression. She quickly falls in with a clique of helpful mom friends who welcome her with pitchers of margaritas, neighborhood secrets, and a pair of hot jeans that actually fit.
Still, it’s hard to keep up in a crowd where everyone competes for the most perfectly manicured home and latest backyard gadgets. And what’s worse, as the only working mom in her circle, Jessica sometimes feels disconnected and alone. So she’s thrilled when she’s invited to a moms-only weekend at the beach, which she assumes will mean new opportunities for real talk and bonding. Instead, the trip turns into a series of eye-opening lessons, and Jessica must decide if she’s strong enough to be honest with herself about the sort of life she really wants.
I think I over identified with Jessica a little since my life choices were similar to hers in many ways so it probably biased my review.
I was Ms. City person, LOVED living where there was a Starbucks on every corner and the noise never died down. Then I had kids and felt, particularly with them being on the Autism spectrum, I should switch over to the PTA, suburbia mom life. Like Jessica I tried to throw myself into every ‘mom’ activity possible and make all new friends to embrace this identity I was crafting for myself and my family.
It’s been a nightmare, I’ve had many similar experiences as Jessica and felt the author must’ve read my mind on many of these interactions because they were in her book over and over. I think if you have lived through this you’ll get it and enjoy this therapeutic like venting. If you haven’t you’re probably not going to like the book very much to the point you’ll think she’s created nothing but false clichés and stereotypes – my personal life begs to differ.
I liked her characters and felt she created good literary versions of reality based types of people. Her dialogue flows easy and comes off very conversationalist so you almost felt as if you were a part of this group listening in on them talk. The author captured how the cliques are real and merciless, alcohol seems to abound, and boundaries are non-existent. She laced enough humor in her storyline you won’t get emotionally bogged down in a ‘Desperate Housewives full of secrets and intrigue’ like atmosphere.
This should help you think twice before jumping into those horrible ‘mommy-wars’ which are ever so popular; the movie Bad Moms could have been marketed as a documentary. The book starts off a bit on the slow side but it will pick up and keep you curious to the end in a satisfying conclusion as it’s a fun women’s fiction novel that is the perfect guilty pleasure to pick up at the beach or between PTA meetings.
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