Momzillas Hardcover – Apr 10 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Kargman is no worse off without writing partner Carrie Karasyov (The Right Address; Wolves in Chic Clothing) in her first solo novel, a breezy jaunt through the Manhattan nursery grinder. Recently relocated to the Upper East Side from San Francisco after her husband, Josh, took a lucrative job, Hannah Allen is thrown into the mommy snake pit by her domineering mother-in-law, Lila Allen Dillingham, who introduces Hannah to a cabal of neighborhood moms led by the "drop dead gorgissima" Bee Elliott. Hannah, a black-jeans-and-Converse art history grad and mother of too-cute two-year-old Violet, struggles to please Lila and keep up with Bee's hypercompetitive crew of "Kelly-bag-toting, Chanel-suit-wearing, Bugaboo-pushing sharks" who fret over their children's head circumferences and admissions into pre-preschools with three-year waiting lists. There's no shortage of name-dropping and light humor as Hannah struggles to win a co-op board's approval, keep her marriage afloat and get Violet into Carnegie Nursery School. Though a bevy of "awky" abbreviations litter the narrative ("unfortch" "sitch," "actsch"), Kargman writes with verve. Fans of the genre won't be disappointed. (Apr.)
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When Hannah Allen's husband's job brings them from San Francisco to Manhattan, she's ill prepared for life as a Park Avenue mother. In this land of elite pre-preschools, pacifier consultants, and children's birthday parties held in hotel ballrooms, gossip and competitive bragging are the pastimes of choice. Hannah finds herself struggling to feel at home and make new friends, and jabs from her snobby mother-in-law aren't helping matters. Kargman offers a voyeuristic view of the good life and its bad side in a novel that is entertaining but also insubstantial, peppered with pop-culture references and enough lingo and cute abbreviations to necessitate a glossary. However, Momzillas does mark the rise of a new trend in contemporary fiction: mom lit. Building on the success of tot-filled tomes like The Nanny Diaries (2002) and Little Earthquakes (2004), the fiction of singledom is giving way to the fiction of motherhood, and readers are snapping these books up. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Another small but constant scene in this book that drove me "craze" was when two of the characters would be describing something, say a date or interactions with co-workers, and whomever was listening just found everything they said hilarious! The one-liners and what I think the author thought of as "edgy" situations being described were just not funny, and certainly not enough to have the other person involved in the conversation "literally rolling around on the floor laughing", as the author had them. Does anyone actaully know a person aside from a toddler who has ever rolled around on the floor from laughter?
This may seem small, but it is a symptom of the unreal and contrived characters, situations and dialogue littering this book.
I know it's chick lit and I'm not expecting Hemingway, but I appreciate a good chick-lit book when it's well-written, and has believable characters and dialogue.
This author must know someone in the publishing world--this book should never have made it to print, especially without being edited for typos first, at least.
I can't say I blame Kargman for planting these fake reviews. Even she must know she's a lousy writer, and desperate times call for desperate measures. But don't be tricked. Anything --even the phone book--would be a more entertaining read than Momzillas.
The glossary of terms at the beginning of the book is entertaining, but the use of such terms grated on one's nerves. Who really says "actsch" instead of "actually"? And were we supposed to believe that anyone's husband would really refer to our friend Leigh as "LeighLeigh"? Please. It's as though the author tried way too hard to be cool. Not every description has to sound as though it's coming from a young, urban adult. Sometimes (as in many times) a young adult, middle-aged adult and senior citizen may say and describe things in the same, exact way. There's no need for the constant slang and shortening of words. This book, while containing many funny passages, was not really as funny as the other reviewers found it to be. I have 4 kids and 3 are currently teenagers. So many funnier things happen past the preschool years. I guess I just didn't find it all that funny or well-written.