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Odd Mom Out [Kindle Edition]

Jane Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Advertising executive Marta Zinsser is no poster child for her wealthy Seattle suburb-and nothing could please her more. This former New Yorker wears combat boots, not Manolos, and drives a righteous Harley hog instead of a Mercedes SUV. Now she's launching her own agency in this land of the Microsoft elite, even though her ten-year-old daughter wishes she'd put on a sweater set and just be normal.

Can this ex-urbanite remain uniquely herself without alienating the inner circle of smug, cookie-cutter executive wives? And when push comes to shove, can she stop being the proud odd mom out and take a chance at something frighteningly-and tantalizingly-new?

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Marta Zinsser has made her nine-year-old daughter Eva, conceived through sperm donation, her whole world. The two move from Manhattan to a wealthy Seattle suburb, where Marta plans to run a successful advertising agency from home and be close to her ailing mother. Soon however, Marta's bohemian ways stick out like a sore thumb among the impeccably groomed housewives of Bellevue. Pressured by a tenderly and believably drawn Eva to be a real mom, Marta signs up for school chaperoning and committee duties, with near-disastrous results. And when Marta falls for a handsome billionaire, she must decide whether to refocus her lone wolf self-image enough to allow a man to enter the picture. The alpha moms Marta detests are cartoonish, catty villains, and self helpese creeps into the plot gaps. But Marta is an intriguing heroine: she values freedom and toughness, but her jeans and combat boots mask vulnerability, heartbreak and fear of change. (Sept.)
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Marta Zinsser is not your typical suburban mom. Single, strong, and confident, she wears camouflage pants and chunky boots and rides a motorcycle. When her New York advertising firm asks her to open a branch in Seattle, she agrees to return to her hometown, mostly because of her mother's ill health. Now she's running her own firm out of her house, while her nine-year-old daughter is trying and failing to fit in at her new school. Eva is heartbroken, but Marta, who has never felt the need to be part of the pack, is at a loss as to how to help. Eva's subsequent attempts to change Marta into a normal mom and her sudden, not-so-subtle hints that Marta should get married and create a regular family are funny and poignant. With the increasing demands of her daughter, her ailing mother, and work, Marta's life begins to spiral out of control in a way most women will all-too-readily recognize. Porter's tale of a mother and daughter's journey to "normalcy" is keenly emotional and truly uplifting. Hatton, Maria

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot (September 27, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W5MIKS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved "Odd Mom Out", and you will, too September 18, 2007
The ad agency Marta Zinsser works for has sent her to Seattle with her pre-teen daughter, Eva. This isn't Marta's first time in the Emerald City. She grew up here. At the same time, the city's now full of pearls-wearing, twin-set clad, Mercedes-driving alpha mommies, and she's definitely out of place. Eva wishes for a mom that was a bit more traditional. Marta worries about losing her sense of identity and additional heartbreak as she copes with the realities of bringing up a child on her own. She's not looking for a man, but Luke Flynn's been looking for her his whole life.

I love Jane Porter's books. Whenever I open one, I know I'm going to walk in someone else's shoes for awhile, and I also know I won't put it down till I finish it. Marta's combat boots became pretty familiar to me as I read about the struggles of a single mom who spends her days juggling as fast as she can. I'm not a mom, but I found that Marta experiences the same insecurities and fears as all women do.

Jane's characters leap off the pages of her books and lodge in your heart. "Odd Mom Out" is her best book yet. I can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Mom Out is IN With This Reader! November 23, 2011
In Jane Porter's novel "Odd Mom Out," the author did a terrific job of succinctly illustrating two main points: the struggle working moms have as they try to balance a satisfying career and a happy family life, and the fierce desire many women have to remain uniquely individual instead of turning into a cookie-cutter version of the stereotypical PTA mom.

One of the main reasons I enjoyed "Odd Mom Out" so much was due to the "I can relate" factor. There were so many issues in this book that either I have experienced on one level or another, or I've had friends or family who've also struggled with the same challenges characters Marta and her daughter Eva faced.

Some of the issues Marta dealt with were: balancing a successful career and a happy home life; struggling to do everything herself as a single mom; questioning how much, if any, of her unique personality and style to give up in order to not hurt or embarrass her 9-year-old daughter; fearing romantic involvement with any man again because she'd been hurt so bad in the past; and watching her dad's spirits decline as her mother's mental health deteriorated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Some of the issues Eva coped with: adjusting to regional lifestyle and personality differences after moving from the East Coast to the West Coast; trying to make new friends; struggling to become a part of the "popular" girl crowd; not having as much money as the other kids who lived in her neighborhood; convincing her mom to act and dress more like a "normal" mom; not having a dad around; not looking as pretty as the other girls; and needing her mom to stop giving so much time and attention to her job and instead give it to Eva.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time June 20, 2008
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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*I really didn't like this book. The narrator is whiny, selfish and seems to feel she is the one wronged in every situation she finds (puts) herself in. She complains that all the moms around her are rich snobs - while at the pool at a country club. She complains MORE that all the moms around her are rich snobs - while choosing to live in one of the richest neighborhoods in Bellevue. (I have lived in Bellevue, and there are plenty of other types of people there, something the narrator seems determined not to notice) She moans about not making enough money to raise her child or pay her employees enough - then walks out of a lucrative business meeting because she's in a snit. I could go on and on about what I didn't like about the book in general and the main character in particular, and in order to like a book, I have to at least like SOMETHING about the main character. The book was full of stereotypes and two dimensional characters. One of the main initial plot points, the main character's lack of local women friends, is never resolved. It ends in such a cliche way-she finds a billionaire boyfriend (she's pissed that he's rich)and after being a complete b*#@h to him for their entire relationship he forgives her and they presumably live happily ever after-that I closed the book and immediately set it aside to give away.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really didn't like it April 24, 2008
I have to say that I felt this book was bordering on offensive. From the complete and utter reliance on stereotypes of both working and stay-at-home moms to the fact that she got a man at the end but not one single female friend, this book made me feel like this writer just really doesn't like women all that much. The mommy wars are becoming tired and the endless stream of mommy lit that serves no purpose other than to pit women against each other in the most judgemental of manners certainly isn't helping. Can we all just get over high school already?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line all can relate to in some way! February 2, 2010
This book is definitely five stars and after you read this one read "Mrs. Perfect" as a sequel. You will really be glad you did as it rounds everything out. Both are five star books individually. Great story line. I could sure relate to it as the "Odd Mom Out" because I became a police officer at a time when not many women went into law enforcement plus I was already a mother of two. I could see myself in both of these books at different times of my life so found both of them enjoyable reads. Five star ratings!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read!
Light and fun. Felt like I was there. Author has a great descriptive quality that brought me in. Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Tisha Edelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Once u start reading, u wont be able to put it down. U feel like u are in the story. Highly recommend!
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Merryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Mom Out
Another good book from Jane Porter. Her books are easy to get into and are hard to put down. Read this first before reading "She's Gone Country" b/c some of the characters in this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Claudine Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing read
I bought this book on the premise of a reading a fiction about how a single mom overcome adversity by having a career, bringing up a teenage daughter and facing mean PTA moms at... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Happy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Cycle of Life
Loved this book. Single, by choice, a mother by design, strong, challenging the so called norm, and all woman. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ella Hermann
4.0 out of 5 stars Great modern lit novel
Loved the story. I read Jane Porter's "Mrs. Perfect" first and then this one. It's sort of connected but can easily be read on it's own also. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
Not your average Suburban mom. Marta, a single mother does her best to raise her daughter Eva, who just wishes her mom was like the other girls' mom's at her school. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CatmomJD
5.0 out of 5 stars not your typical mom
Marta's character in this book is not your typical mom. All her daughter wants is to fit in and Marta doesn't care to fit in. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Marta is ok with all the decisions she has made and doesn't feel the pressure to fit in until her daughter Eva is affected. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kimberlyindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Being A Little Different Is Not A Bad Thing
Marta Zinsser is not your typical mom. She doesn't care about fashion and makes no apologies for it. She likes to be different. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mengel2
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The bestselling author of 47 romances and women's fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, and today has over 12 million copies in print. Porter wrote Flirting with Forty, a novel picked by Redbook Magazine as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being turned into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear. Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband and three sons. You can learn more about Jane at

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Cover Art for Odd Mom Out. YIKES!
Yes! Exactly what I thought. Marta was supposed to be messy and non-conformist; the other moms were supposed to be perfectly turned out. What were they (the cover artists) thinking?
Jan 13, 2008 by Janis L. Suznevich |  See all 3 posts
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