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A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother Book Review
4 out of 5 chickadees singing. This book was about Rachel, a mother of four, who moves from the city to the country to escape the snooty, uptight mothers who only care about their children’s reading levels and make teachers’ lives a living heck. Unfortunately, there is crazy everywhere you go, because her new life in the country has the same sort of “playground mafia.” The craziest of them all is a woman named Penelope, who has already alienated everyone else in the village, and clings to Rachel. She is obsessed with her son and his successes, while ignoring her daughter. Her husband is a philanderer and his affairs are well known to everyone in the village, it seems, except Penelope. Penelope makes Rachel her walking partner, books every Saturday night for double dates, and eventually, decides they’re going to climb a mountain together!
Penelope is super annoying, yet at the same time, watching her antics is absolutely hilarious. I love when she and Rachel are doing a weight loss contest and Penelope does the first weigh in with mountain climbing gear on (ha, ha). Then, Rachel nearly starves herself for the week just to spite Penelope by losing weight. Penelope’s reaction is priceless.
Rachel is also a likeable character. You feel so sorry for her being around these crazy people and feel so glad you aren’t in her situation! Rachel is actually a good mother, with her heart in the right places. She cares for the children and people that Penelope shuns. She did annoy me a little bit, by not standing up more to Penelope. The woman invaded her family’s life and took up all her time and energy and she just allowed it to happen. I kept thinking Rachel was going to stand up for herself at the end of the book and there would be a big dramatic “cutting of ties” with Penelope, but it didn’t happen. Instead, the book ended abruptly with the promise that a sequel is to come.
I’m not a mother and have never dealt with the “playground mafia,” but this book was still very funny. It also sucked you in and was a very quick read. I recommend this hilarious read to anyone who likes humor with their novels!
A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother Book Description
“A hilarious observation of playground politics.”
“As funny as it is true…”
Ever had the pleasure of collecting your children from the school playground? Even if you haven’t this is a hilarious must read.
A month by month comical tale of a young mother fighting for her place in the world against the backdrop of the Playground Mafia.
As her life unfolds and she takes us through from one amusing anecdote to another the characters come to life. There is Penelope who has a lot more going on in her life than she bargained for and Mrs Noland who has a lot less than she claims, not to mention Rupert who is a VERY busy man. With Mrs High School Musical, The International Sex God and The Frisky Pensioner, the characters are undeniably fascinating and leave you compelled to read more.
Who knew that one false move in the playground, one step in the wrong direction or smile at the wrong person could lead to such complications?
The witty one liners and side splitting stories will keep you amused from beginning to end.
Lively and entertaining, a hilarious comedy that every playground mother can relate to.
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother. The book is a month by month comical tale of a young mother fighting for her place in the world against the backdrop of the Playground Mafia. This is a hilarious lively and entertaining first novel by Christie that every playground mother can relate to. A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother was inspired by Christie’s fascination into the everyday playground politics and dynamics of primary school mothers. With four children all at various stages in their education, daily school life and friendships have provided a lot of inspiration for this comical fictional novel. Christie was born in the North West of England in 1973 and attended school in Cheshire until she went on to have a very successful career in the Civil Service. Christie currently lives in a small village in Staffordshire with her husband and four children and lots of animals!
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