Written by Hilary Grossman
Executive, wife, and mother of an outgoing first-grader, Sydney Clayton crushes her day-to-day obligations at work but flounders in the cutthroat world of parental politics.
She manages to avoid the local drama until she’s faced with an ultimatum: join the Forest River PTA or risk her daughter becoming a social outcast. Sydney reluctantly becomes treasurer, and takes the recently vacated position of the president’s sidekick. If protecting the children’s freedom of speech, one best friend ban at a time, isn’t complicated enough, Sydney and her husband receive an unexpected offer for their house they don’t think they can refuse.
Embroiled in the deception and manipulation rife among the elementary school moms, Sydney struggles. Should she sell the home she worked so hard to build in a town where betrayal runs rampant? Or should she stay put to avoid the fallout from uprooting her child?
As Sydney focuses on what is best for her daughter, and lets go of her judgments, she finds friendship can develop in very unexpected ways.
An Easy Read .. and So Good!
Sydney Clayton wants what we all want: the very best happy upbringing for her child. Unlike most of the helicopter moms, she has a full-time, responsible job and hasn’t made a lot of contacts among other parents. Desperately wanting her daughter, Amanda, to make friends, she finds herself – reluctantly – being manoeuvered into the PTA as treasurer. At the same time, Syd and her husband find themselves with a ballpark offer on their home and the opportunity to move nearer family and away from the insular and competitive town they live in. Can they make the right decisions for their family?
Although I live in Scotland and not the states, this takes me back to the playground mothers and their one-upmanship – but not at this level! The petty bickering of the parents puts any issues the kids have well in the shade. This is an excellent story of the dilemma facing many parents who are trying to smooth the social path for their kids but who struggle to do the same for themselves. This author is spot-on with her observations and this is a bright, entertaining read rooted in reality and I’ve really enjoyed it. The writing is smooth and accomplished and the result is a very easy to read novel. Certainly this is an author I want to keep an eye on – she tells it like it is, and with great humour!
My thanks to Hilary Grossman for my copy, which I freely chose to read. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family life
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1334 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Publication Date: 10 September 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on the beach in Long Island.
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