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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (April 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924788
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,124,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fun But Irritating April 24 2007
By Carina - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Overall, I thought the book was fun to read. I have met lots of competitive mommies like the ones the author describes. However, I don't think I've ever read a book that contained so many type-o's. Also, the shortened words drove me nuts- for example, "neighb" instead of neighborhood. Maybe that slang is particular to some region of the country. It doesn't appeal to me. It also irritated me that the protagonist was so judgemental. Couldn't she find something nice to say about the Momzillas? They were her first New York City Mom friends. They invited her to events. They showed her places in the city. By the end of the book, it seemed like she was declaring herself superior to them. I would have believed and liked her more if she had simply concluded that she didn't have much in common with them and found new friends whose company she enjoyed more.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Any Mom, Anywhere Could Have Written This. April 12 2007
By mommy reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The behavior of the moms depicted in "Momzillas" is unique only considering their wealth. They are able to competetively acquire whatever money can buy for their precious lambs. However, these competitive moms are everywhere. The book cover states that Ms. Kargman is a perfect author of such a topic, since she resides in Manhattan. Just about anyone could have easily written a similar book based solely on visits to New York, watching Sex and the City and reading "The Nanny Diaries". I had read Ms. Kargman's other books written with her co-author. They were decent chick-lit, but definitely no "Devil Wears Prada" or "Nanny Diaries". I was surprised it took both of them to write the previous books. This one seems no different, and certainly no better. Where was the editing? On one page, the word should have clearly been "heard" but was written "head". We're talking the 2nd chapter. Was I the only one who caught it? And what's with the leaving words out of sentences? Is this a new, hip way of speaking? One paragraph was describing how the people of California were perceived and stated how they "ran amok buck peeing themselves." Was that supposed to mean "ran amock buck NAKED peeing ON themselves?" Was this intentional and maybe I'm just not hip enough? Who knows.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hilarious and relatable Nov. 16 2007
By C. Grimes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Momzillas figuring it would be fairly amusing, but as soon as I started reading the Glossary in the beginning, I was laughing so hard. Even for those of us not living on the UES of Manhattan, we can relate to the Momzillas Hannah deals with in the book. Jill's humorous, breezy style made this a fun and quick read, and I loved that it was laced with so many pop-culture references. I had just finished reading a couple of pretty heavy novels, and this was a welcome treat. Thanks, Jill! Looking forward to more fun reads!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Do NOT read this if you dislike butchering the English language Jan. 10 2008
By Ava - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have nothing new to add about the plot--it's pretty generic and has been described accurately by previous posters. But, though this has also been covered by other reviewers, I can't sit silently regarding the slang and made-up abbreviations in this book! The main character is a supposedly grown woman who repeatedly says "whatevs", "neighb", "smacks", and "'til" (these are only a few of the precious abbreviations she drops constantly in the narrative). I guess using "whatever", "neighborhood", "dollars" and "until" seemed too aging to the author (I would call it mature.).
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kudos to Kargman - she did it again! Sept. 30 2008
By Holly's Folly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First, I'm a diehard Kargman-ite, a true devotee to the witty way in which she sees the world and its endless cast of characters. Second, Momzillas is no exception to Kargman's rules for making a great, entertaining and fun weekend read. She effortlessly tromps through NYC's Upper East Side, taking no prisoners as she colorfully lambasts the Momzillas who inhabit the place - all the while juxtaposing these type-A-gone-bezerk women with her title character Hannah, the gal who just wants to knock the mom thing down a pace or two, but feels her desire to do so might be a reflection of her unworthiness as a mom. While the NYC location is always key to Kargman's books, one need not know NYC to relate - as we all know - Momzillas exist everywhere. Every mom can relate - not only with the annoyance of the Momzilla, but also with the frighteningly easy downslope we must strive to avoid before becoming one ourselves. Whether we moms admit it or not, we all struggle with the same voice in our heads that is constantly asking, "Am I doing enough for (insert kid's name here)." Kargman, through Hannah's twisted journey to the edge of bitchville and back, ultimately reinforces our knowledge that a kid doesn't have to have it all to have it all.