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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin @berkleypub

Happy & You Know It 
by Laura Hankin

Thank you to Berkley for this copy and stop on the tour.

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: May 19, 2020
Kindle Edition
Genre: Contemporary

A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of overprivileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets....
After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for wealthy infants on New York's Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy.
There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her flawless life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the stylish women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.
Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood – exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women – while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.

My Review:

I ended up having more fun with this book than I thought I would.  I think maybe it would've resonated better if I was a mommy in a mommy group? As such, I think I related more with Claire than with anyone else, since she was basically on the outside of this and just trying to figure things out.  Boy did she get more than she bargained for!

I read this a bit as a satire but I do think this book touches on some interesting topics.  The image to look perfect... especially via social media.  The need, as a parent (or woman in general) to do it all and still look perfect.  To be the wife of a wealthy man and either losing your own identity or thinking of how the hell you can get out without losing the lifestyle you're used to. 

The beginning really drew me in and then lost me a little bit with all the characters and background information.  Then I stayed because I was super curious on how it was all going to unravel.  How will she learn about her and how will they learn about that and where will they all end up?!  From watching 10 seasons of Housewives, I felt like I was reading about the Mommy Elite and the first season just ended!

Maybe there's a bit more fluff than substance but this is a highly entertaining read.  Moms of upper-class Manhattan unite!  And it's a good lesson that we ALL have problems - no matter our monetary status.  Don't let social media fool you. 


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