Wednesday, May 31, 2017
you can do better
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Review: I'm so glad that Stacey Lender finally admitted near the end of this book that there might possibly be good people living in the suburbs, because I was starting to feel very discouraged. Actually, I was starting to feel very grateful for my own suburban mom-friends, because Lender's characters, besides being mostly interchangeable, are also all mean and petty, not to mention serial adulterers.
Our heroine Jessica finds that out the hard way when she and her family move to Suffern from Manhattan, looking for more space and a yard. Thinking she's hit the mom-friend jackpot when it turns out that right next door is a mom with a daughter the same age as her own daughter, Jessica gets pulled into the competitive sport of volunteering and car-pool. Jessica and her husband both enjoy the social scene at first, but when Jessica is invited to join a mom's-only beach weekend, she starts to really figure out who these new friends are.
Lender is a skilled writer and this book kept me turning the pages, even though the subject matter is nothing new. I look forward to seeing what she writes next, and hope that she chooses material that better showcases her talents.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.