Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect mums in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pyjama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of school wasn’t her best look.

Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her…

To make matters even worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her smack-dab in the middle of a neighbourhood mystery—right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realise her neighbours may be just as flawed as—and even wackier than—she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mum?

I don’t often read American based novels, not for any reason other than I don’t really think to read them, so I was intrigued to read this one.

I found it a little difficult to relate to this sometimes due to the location and also as I’m not yet a mother, I can’t really relate to the mother side of the story. I also found it a little difficult to connect to the characters as I didn’t really like any of them that much. Having said that, I enjoyed it and managed to finish the book. I’ve never seen Desperate Housewives, but the story was exactly how I imagine the show is. Please correct me if I’m wrong if anyone has both read this and watched Desperate Housewives!

This was well paced and held my attention. It wasn’t exactly a minute by minute thriller, but that’s not really what you want with this genre.

Generally I found this uplifting and amusing, and even when I felt a little frustrated with the characters, I still wanted to see what happened to them all in the end. Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in the genre, but don’t read this if you don’t like feeling angry with characters. I mean, the word angst is even in the title of this book!

 

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