Thursday, November 5, 2015

Totlandia: The Onesies Book 1-Fall by Josie Brown

4 Star

The Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club is the most exclusive children’s playgroup in all of San Francisco. For the city’s ultra-competitive elite, the club’s ten annual spots are the ultimate parenting prize.

But not everyone is PHM&TC material. The club's founder, Bettina Connaught Cross, adheres to strict membership rules: Moms only. No single parents or working mothers allowed. Membership is an arduous commitment. And there’s no room in the club for scandal, bad behavior, or imperfection...from tots or their moms.

In a world of power and prestige, no one has more than Bettina. And as every mom in Pacific Heights knows, you simply cannot cross her. But this year’s admissions process is more rigorous than ever, pitting prospective members against each other to prove their mettle.

Can these hopeful moms keep up appearances long enough to outlast the competition? Or will their chances—and their private lives—go up in flames?

Kathryn - 4 Star

I loved this fast paced novel- I’ve seen the series popping up all over the place lately and thought it sounded like a fun read. It was certainly fun but there was an undercurrent of seriousness that I hadn’t been expecting.  It could be considered a commentary on our current preoccupation with perfection in society. Not only for ourselves but for our offspring- the right friends (even at age one) make the right connections later in life so we can all achieve as much as humanly possible?

Despite the stress of trying to get into this exclusive playgroup we follow these probationary members into the secrets of their real lives.  The lives they are trying to keep quiet so they can get their children on the “right” path. I’m not one to embrace this “right” path myself but was fascinated by the process and mindsets of the parents.  The children are obviously entirely oblivious but the parents are full focussed on the outcome.

Josie Brown brings together a collection of voices that merge seamlessly- the novel is quick and witty and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I’m sure I’ll be seeking out the next part and it may become a little bit of a reading addiction- I already want to know what happens in term two!

All in all I was pleasantly surprised by this book- though if you look too deeply you could be a bit depressed I think the overtone was funny enough to make fun of its self?  Perhaps we should all try to take a step back and not take ourselves too seriously?

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