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Perfect Is Overrated Paperback – July 17, 2012
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“Here are a few things Karen Bergreen knows about: mothers you love to hate, sexy exes, the drill (and charm) of hanging out with little kids. Perfect Is Overrated throws all of it into the wash cycle and suds it up with humor and warmth. If you read it, you'll recommend it, too!” ―Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climbers Handbook
“Perfect is Overrated is such a fast, fizzy, fun read! Buy one for yourself and six more for the other moms in the pickup line, then decide which mom you'd take with you if stuck on a deserted island. For me, she'd have to love mascara and be witty.” ―Kelly Killoren Bensimon, author of I Can Make You Hot!
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Still curious? Or just not ready to get back to work?
Go to her website at www.karenbergreen.com.
Or better yet visit her on Facebook @followingpolly. She needs the distraction from her kids.
You can try Twitter @karenbergreen, but Karen finds that annoying.
Top Customer Reviews
The book kept me in suspense, and I kept trying to guess "whodunnit." I definitely did not expect the end, and certainly, I was bummed to reach the last page. I can't start another book. I want to savor Perfect for a bit. LOVED it. And of course, loved Following Polly (I couldn't put that one down either).
More, please, Karen Bergreen!
What a fun book. It has murder, love triangles and all out craziness. Karen Bergreen, uses her talent as a stand-up comic to create a light-hearted read.
Meet Kate Alger, Assistant District Attorney living a perfect life with her husband Paul a Homicide Detective that is until she gives birth to her daughter Molly. Kate finds herself thrown into postpartum depression that becomes the ruin of her marriage.
Being fortunate enough to secure a place for Molly in a first rate preschool, Kate finds herself in the midst of over-privileged and over-entitled mommies. As a parent at the prestigious Hawthorne Preschool Kate is expected to attend functions with the other mommies; functions she loathes as she doesn't have anything in common with the highly dysfunctional ladies. When the mommies begin turning up dead in rather gruesome murders Kate finds an antidote to her depression and a drive to find the killer.
In the midst of her investigation that has Kate turning in circles following her over-active imagination she finds herself in the killer's crosshairs and the possibility of a rekindled romance with her ex-husband.
Karen Bergreen will have her readers laughing at the hilarious scenarios and off the wall characters she has created. Her storyline is one that causes the reader to think about people and situations occurring in their own lives. I think that is what made me enjoy "Perfect is Overrated" all the more.Read more ›
"Perfect is Overrated" is a wonderful novel that pulled me into the story right from the beginning. In many ways the novel shouldn't have worked. It is a combination of many different things that seemingly don't mesh well together - murder, romance, depression, friendship, culture clashes, betrayal, mistakes - yet they blend together beautifully. Another thing that could have been disastrous yet works well is the tremendous amount of flashbacks - they could have been annoying but somehow blend seamlessly into the story. Author Karen Bergreen does a wonderful job with the character of Kate - her recovery from postpartum depression is handled delicately and sensitively. This novel is really Kate's story as she begins to make her way back into the real world, stumbling a few times on the way - she is a very real character. Some of the other characters, particularly Miriam, border cartoonish at times - but Bergreen never quite makes them unbelievable enough to be annoying. The mystery itself at times becomes secondary to Kate's story but there are enough surprises in the story to keep it interesting (one character does seem to appear late in the book as a convenient plot device). Finally, the end of the book is guaranteed to make readers smile as they read it.Read more ›
So as she starts coming out of her deep depression, it's funny how Karen throws in a detail here or there about something that was left undone for too long.
And this is a mystery, so you follow Kate as she collects evidence and tries to find out who the murderer is. I will say, you won't see it coming. I had a hard time putting it down, but the last 20 pages had me so griped I ended up letting my children stay up too late just so I could finish it!
You never know if the 2nd book will be just as good as the first, or if a person just had the one good story. I will now say that Karen Bergreen is a favorite author, and this was even BETTER than Following Polly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a super fun, funny and suspenseful ride! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lori
Perfect is Overrated has all the elements—funny, witty, insightful, and with a great mystery that had me going from start to finish. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MG
I really like Kate Alger, the main character. She has appropriate personal and professional skills; so she's competent enough to withstand the rigors of the story arc. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Julie Valerie (Blog: Julie Valerie's Book Blog)
I got this book within a week of ordering. I am happy to recommend it to others. Great gift too.Published on January 19, 2013 by Melody Gore Dodd
This was an interesting read. It was funny and creepy at the same time. Love the puppy on the cover :)Published on November 27, 2012 by Lori H
I loved this book! The main character, Kate, is so real. She is flawed, raw and worth caring about. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Mrs Mommy Booknerd
After years of suffering postpartum depression, Kate Hagen finally feels a renewed interest in life. All it took was the murder of a fellow Hawthorne Preschool parent. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Michele
Just like Karen Bergreen's first book Following Polly, Perfect is Overrated is a wonderful read. So well written and entertaining. I looked forward to reading it every day!Published on September 21, 2012 by beth r. lobel