Friday, June 19, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin


Happy and You Know It
by Laura Hankin



“For fans of Sex and the City and The Nanny Diaries comes this juicy story…that would make even the most meticulously Drybar-ed hair curl.”—Good Housekeeping

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A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of overprivileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets....
 
After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for wealthy infants on New York's Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy.
 
There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her flawless life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the stylish women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.
 
Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood – exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women – while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.
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Momma Says: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Women's fiction can be a hit or a miss with me, and in most cases, I end up somewhere in the middle. Not so much with Happy and You Know It. Nope, this one is a definite hit. I'm a big fan of dark humor, and Laura Hankin is simply brilliant with it. These women are the types that you love to hate - at least until the twists, and then I found myself actually liking some of them. The focus may be primarily on a group of mothers, but I don't think you need to be a mother to relate. Honestly, if you have a sense of humor, then it isn't hard to get into this one. The whole thing is just a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish - the storyline, the characters, the wit, all of it comes together for a fast-paced story that I won't soon forget. This may be my first read by this author, but it won't be my last. Laura Hankin is now firmly on my radar. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group


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