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Momzillas Hardcover – Apr 10 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (April 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924788
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,794,078 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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From Booklist

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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa19c2900) out of 5 stars 93 reviews
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2060594) out of 5 stars 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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19f9d08) out of 5 stars Uninspired and pedestrian and full of cutesy word choice July 22 2015
By Atlanta - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I usually enjoy a light read as much as I enjoy something more literary, but I found it very hard to finish this book. The author abbreviates words for no good reason. This prevented me from focusing on the story--I was constantly on the lookout for the author's verbal tics . The repeated use of neighb, convo (for conversation) smacks (for dollars) and uggles (for ugly) made me delete this piece of crap before I was even halfway through. Bad bad bad writing. It does not make the main character seem cool and millennial, just brain dead.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1bd4618) out of 5 stars 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!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19f9540) out of 5 stars Beware the Fake Reviews July 27 2007
By James22 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I hated this book so much (the character's vapid behavior, the idiotic plot, the terrible writing, the predictable yet stupid end) that I was baffled to see this novel got so many good reviews on Amazon. Did all those people get a lobotomy? I wondered, since it's about the only explanation for anyone liking this moronic story. Then I started checking the positive reviews, most of which come from people who, surprisingly, had never been compelled to review a book until now--or who only review books by Jill Kargman and her former writing partner. LOL. Too funny.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19f9528) out of 5 stars Not my cup of cappucino Jan. 19 2016
By Dr. Von - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I guess I'm not the demographic for this book. I'm a New Yorker although I no longer live there, so I was interested in the subject matter, but found it impossible to relate to the cutesy acronyms, mediocre writing and crude language. The characters were more like caricatures and I found the plot a bit contrived and predictable. It's an easy, chick book with no heavy lifting required but given the subject matter it could have been so much better.

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