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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, Elle, Elle Décor, and a bunch of British magazines you've never seen. She went to Yale where she did not study writing and has three children who keep her young. And exhausted.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carina on April 24, 2007
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Grimes on November 16, 2007
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!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ava on January 10, 2008
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.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James22 on July 27, 2007
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.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mommy reader on April 12, 2007
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.
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