Snarky, sassy and sharp narrative and relatable characters draw the reader in. The first chapter about Annie where she is talking about what it's like to mother a 2. Annie works through her anger, Nora works through her infertility issues, both women work through their problems with each other and their relationships, and Nora resolves longstanding issues with her adoptive mother. The entire book is nothing but self-centered complaining from two women who cannot see how good their lives are, while sneering down their noses at women who have made choices different from their own. I kept reading it, I kept hoping. The other 5% I wished I could crawl into the pages to shake some sense into her.
I picked this up, as a change of pace, for a foray into Chic-Lit. What ensues is typical genre tensions. Snarky, sassy and sharp narrative and relatable characters draw the reader in. I loved hating the annoying side character who served as the source of trouble for so much of the plot. This being her second novel.
When Cynthia Cypress arrives at Bixbie, Annie is predisposed to scorn her effortless sense of style and generous financial means but Nora is drawn to Cynthia's glamorous facade and fla I'll Take What She Has is a wry exploration of motherhood, marriage and mid life discontent as envy and resentment simmers between long time best friends Nora and Annie. Each woman alternates ownership of subsequent chapters, with often overlapping or inters I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from NetGalley and Bantam Books, in return for an honest review. Snide remarks about their wealth, their makeup, their parenting styles all lead the readers to have absolutely no sympathy or common ground with the two women with whom we are supposed to identify. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the i ll take what she has wilde samantha gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.
Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Cynthia is gorgeous, dresses well, rich, and apparently has experienced everything in the world there is to experience though she is in her early 30s and is married to Nora's ex, David. Annie is the realist, cynical friend who tells it like it is. Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them -- until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus. The book is full of funny bits. Some days Sam envies people with clean houses some days she doesn't. I recommend for fans of Jennifer Weiner and maybe Kristin Hannah fans as well.
Annie and Nora, the main characters, deal with relatives and in-laws, exes and sex, and the politics and nuances of life lived in a boarding school community in a small New England town. This novel is very funny and uplifting. There is no, one, right answer on how to be a mother or how to navigate the high and low points of marriage and love and the mundane dramas of everyday living. Annie, whose approach to life and motherhood is humourously dry and frank, seeks the guidance of counselor Meg where she reveals the raw realities of staying home with children while financially strained by a man whose divorce to his first wife is not yet settled. When Nora moved away, they promised to be friends forever and continued to stay in touch through letters.
Wilde has provided characters that are well developed and likeable even the dreaded Cynthia. Although they were similarly ostracized while in school, they had one another, and that always seemed li Imagine a book where your best friend is talking to you and to the reader at the same time. When you send the photograph, you are giving permission for me to display it on this blog, on my author , on my website, and in other online venues, as well as to have it in a video montage on Youtube. However, the main plot aside, everything else in this novel was beyond boring and added nothing to the novel. I look forward to trying future books from this author. Add to that a strong, genuine plot with expressive, intelligent yet flawed characters at the center, and you have a gem of a read.
You will find yourself biting your bottom lip to hide a smile when Annie's toddler throws a temper tantrum. It certainly wasn't heavy, but it also wasn't an easy read, which chick-lit books absolutely must be, in my opinion. And parts of this book capture the dilemma that working moms face vs. While constantly defending her decision to stay home with her children, Annie is challenged by the rigors of motherhood and must work to quel her frustrations with her demanding children. I'm not really sure why I bothered.
Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet. Light hearted and so funny at times and very serious at other times. I picked this up, as a change of pace, for a foray into Chic-Lit. I received this book through the GoodReads First Reads program. This is my first book by Wilde, but I really wanted to read it after some of the reviews I had read.