4.5 Wonderful and Snarky Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
Do you really know the people in your neighborhood? This gem of a book really made me think about that, my full review is below hope you enjoy!😍
The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.
At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…
As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors’ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton’s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this…
After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that’s a notion easier said than done when Anne’s husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families–and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.
4.5 Wonderful and Snarky stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
From the minute I picked up this book I was sucked into the lives of these characters…. Abbi Waxman did a phenomenal job of bringing to life these characters….. they were so real, so relatable, so compelling…. as a mother of three living in Southern California, who live through the PTA,AYSO, and a teenage daughter…. I found so much of this book so relevant and laughably true…. The scene in this book at the PTA meeting where they were debating Cotillion lessons had me in tears… The struggle is real!
Francis is the glue that holds this book together as well as the neighborhood…. she drives all the neighborhood kids to school, is always there for everybody when they need her, and is always putting everybody else before herself…. she also had a sense of humor about herself, her family, her life, and the world in general, I always love that in a character…. if Francis and I were to live on the same block we would absolutely be friends and she would never find me on my living room floor in a compromising position…. promise….. however this did happen when she went to retrieve toilet paper rolls from Ann’s house…. imagine this you drop your neighbors kid off at school and she is devastated because she forgot to bring toilet paper rolls needed for craft time (and as anybody knows who has had a child of elementary school age those are always a big must when it comes to craft time)…. so you decide to do the (neice) thing and go back and retrieve those lovely toilet paper rolls from your neighbors house and then you walk in on your neighbor/friend Ann in an extremely compromising position and not with her husband…. soon enough everybody finds out what Ann is up to and the entire neighborhood goes sideways…. especially Charlie, Ann’s husband…. i’ll stop there with anything about the plot, I want you to read this for yourself and enjoy the journey… it is a fabulous one!
This is a book about love, pain, family, friends, children, and everything else that makes up a life…. told very realistically with a huge dose of humor…. this book is going to make me look at my neighbors in a whole new way…. what is really going on behind that front door? Who really are the people in your neighborhood?
Strongly recommend to anybody who enjoys a character driven book with tons of laugh out loud moments and an extremely relatable plot….
PS: AYSO stands for American Youth Soccer Organization ⚽️
*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
I sure hope you give this book a chance and remember the struggle is real! Berit 💛