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T no amount of activated charcoal can fixFilled 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 vulnerab. It took me a few chapters to really get into this one but soon after I was hooked And I don t think you necessarily have to be a parent andor active on social media to find this to be a worthwhile readClaire is a musician who is struggling to make ends meet so she takes a job as a playgroup entertainer for a group of privileged mothers and their babies Not the most exciting gig especially considering her former band is experiencing fame and fortune without her The longer Claire hangs around the moms the she realizes this group is just full of secretsThe story follows Claire and some of the mothers in the group so you end up with uite a few perspectives While there is some humor in the book I actually was surprised that it was a thought provoking novel With social media such a part of everyday life for so many there seems to be this added pressure to present a picture perfect life when most of us aren t living that reality at all The story explores some of the messed up conseuences of trying to uphold a certain lifestyle for appearance sake And of course the criticism that mothers seem to face no matter what they do is something the author also touches on in the bookI do recommend this book if you enjoy reading women s fiction It s entertaining but not a fluffy read as there truly is some substance The author also manages to throw in a few twists which was an added bonusThank you to Berkley for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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A dark witty page turner set around a group of wealthy mothers and the young musician who takes a job singing to their babies and finds herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secretsAfter her former band shot to superstardom without her Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for overprivileged infants on New York’s Park Avenue Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers a welcoming cliue of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair who whirl fr. Yayy This is a BOTM option this monthWell hellomommy club book What a refreshing book this was I flew through this entertaining read in less than 24 hours Not being a mommy myself except for my adorable dogs I wasn t sure if this would be a book I would click with No worries here If you have a sense of humor like some entertainment and like a little mystery and frenemy type behaviorthis is itThis book was a snarky adorable look at motherhood struggles life struggles and fricking funny all wrapped into one Get thisit opens with a rich looking woman running down the streets of NYC in a fur coat in the middle of Augustwith vomit all down the front of herwith a group of women chasing herin their heelswth right Don t worry no spoilers here that is literally from Chapter oneWhitney created a mommy club for NYC mommies to share and bond with their daily struggles The club is a great support but often turns into a bit of a competition between the mommies Whitney has made the club famous by splashing their picture perfect mommy moments all over Instagram Enter Clairethe hip musician the mommies hire to entertain their babies Hold updo people really do this Claire has secrets of her ownwhy does she flip her you know what when she hears the ever so popular song Idaho Eyes Can she bond with these mommiesMy favorite character was Amara Real to life often uestioning how she got herself classified a mom I loved her snarky behavior and my heart went out to her as she struggled in her new roleSurprise I didn t expect a bit of a mystery rolled up in this one There is a mastermind behind the mommy clubyep you heard me Some twists and turns that completely caught me off guardThis book was so entertaining I often felt like I was reading about The Real Housewives of NYC mommy edition BTW I would watch that show guiltypleasure Rich poor you all get pooped on the same Thank you so much to Berkley for this ARC via Edelweiss I highly enjoyed it

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Om juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energyThere is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her perfect 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 cool women who pay her bills she uncovers secrets and betrayals tha. An unexpected delightWas a bit nervous as I first started this book thinking it would be all about rich women and their play dates for their privileged children While that does serve as the backdrop of this story line there s so much to uncover within the pagesClaire misses the opportunity of a life time when her band shot to stardom without her Now she finds herself reduced to playing kiddy tunes for toddlers at play dates around New York City Offering a glimmer of hope Claire has just been hired by Whitney to play at her home for her group of friends and their children She is welcomed with open arms by all It doesn t take long for her to see not everything is as shiny and happy as it appears on the outsideLaura Hankin writes an intriguing contemporary novel that will keep you captivated throughout Even has a few surprises sprinkled in along the way A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review


10 thoughts on “Happy and You Know It

  1. says:

    Welcome to the universe of “Super powered trust fund Manhattan penthouse moms” They can’t be defined as regular stay at home moms They are full of energy with their shiny beautiful hairs wearing their designer clothes especially blouses or casually Lululemon yoga pants drinking wines already lost their pregnancy weights running around from different activities to another social gatherings Now they created a play group for th

  2. says:

    Yayy This is a BOTM option this monthWell hellomommy club book What a refreshing book this was I flew through this entertaining read in less than 24 hours Not being a mommy myself except for my adorable dogs I wasn't sure if this would be a bo

  3. says:

    This story was okay but I feel like it was missing that something to make it great I love stories like this that follow a bunch of rich privileged moms and then someone new is getting sucked into their world it’s one of my favorite tropes but I feel like this would’ve worked so much better as a thriller as o

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    Laura Hankin has joined us in The Behind the Pages group for a spoiler free A To see what she had to say about Happy You Know It you can find the thread here I am happy and I want to show it Happy You Know it was another book from that stack of not my normal that surprised me Again I find myself feeling like a little kid on the playground wanting to share my joy with everyone or like wanting to share my joy with friend

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    An unexpected delightWas a bit nervous as I first started this book thinking it would be all about rich women and their play dates for their privileged children While that does serve as the backdrop of this story line there’s so much to uncover within the pagesClaire misses the opportunity of a life time when her band shot to sta

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    Happy You Know It is such a uniue read It centers around an elite group of mothers who hire a musician to sing to their childrenClaire is the musician hired to perform for a play dates for these Park Avenue moms She never imagines she’d fall in love with this work but she does She even grows to like the well to do momsEach of the

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    This is a WONDERFUL novel For the first part of it I couldn’t figure out why I was turning the pages too fast to take notes which I usually

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    It took me a few chapters to really get into this one but soon after I was hooked And I don't think you necessarily have to be a parent andor active on social media to find this to be a worthwhile readClaire is a musician who is struggling to make ends meet so she takes a job as a playgroup entertainer for a group of privileged mothers and their babies Not the most exciting gig especially considering her former

  9. says:

    Claire lost her gig with a band right as they hit it big She is down on her luck and in need of a job So when a upper class mommy group needs a singer? She is on it Once she gets into these women's lives she realizes that maybe they aren't just the upper class housewives that she originally thought view spoilerI so want to call them the house ho's like I do in real life but I can feel the trolls fingers just a burning hide spoiler

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    I must admit the book lulled me in a little But the twist at the end caught me by total surprise In the end the book was different from what I expected but nevertheless captivatingThanks to great drama And a plot that went an unexpected path I had a great time reading this book It was easy and entertaining – which makes for a great summer novelThe entertainment value was high with this novel especially the r