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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250001764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001764
  • ASIN: 1250001765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!

About the Author

KAREN BERGREEN's first career was as an attorney who clerked for a federal judge.  Her second career as a stand-up comic has led to appearances not in front of the bench, but on Comedy Central, the Oxygen network, Court TV and Law & Order. She lives in New York City. 


More About the Author

Karen is a stand up comedian and a former lawyer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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.

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This will likely be the most fun book I read all summer.
JY
If you want a great escape from your life for a few hours (yeah, I finished this one in one sitting too...), check out this book!
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There were the characters I just despised, as well as those I loved.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2012
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Perfect is Overrated- Karen Bergreen

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So, here we have yet another book about the somewhat over-privileged, self-absorbed, over-indulgent mommies of New York City. Mommies who feel that they just have to get their perfect kids into the perfect pre-school. Or do we?

What at first glance looks like that is what this book is going to be about, we quickly come to learn that it is not...it is about post-partum depression and murder. It is about misunderstandings, half-truths, and subterfuges.

This book had me going for quite a while. I never did figure out who-dun-it until they actually showed their hand. This was an entertaining book, but not the funny romp that it is touted to be.
Although the characters are well written and the narrative is adequate, this book was written in a way that just rubbed me wrong. There were so many side stories, that I started wondering if they had been added just to fill in for something the book was lacking. Too many side stories that left too much unsaid. And one side-story in particular really does seem to have been thrown in there just to have a convenient person around to help during the climax.

This is by no means a horrible book, it was entertaining and I never once thought to not finish it, I just think that this author could have done so much better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KE on July 21, 2012
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I had been looking forward to this book for months! I LOVED it - couldn't put it down and was thankful for the rainy summer day that allowed me to immerse myself in the life of Kate Alger (I started in the morning and finished that same day). I found Kate's insights funny and loved the depth of all of the characters. There were the characters I just despised, as well as those I loved. Karen Bergreen's writing is clear and conversational and so descriptive. I could feel myself in the scenes.

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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Cupcake on July 28, 2012
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Have you ever bought a pint of ice cream pretending you were really going to be mature and actually eat in in 4 separate servings? Right. I decided to start with a couple chapters before bed... and downed the whole book in one night. It was delicious, but now there's no dessert left. I already pigged out on Following Polly. I mean sure there are other authors but will I get so attached to their eccentric relatable characters that I can't put the book down without knowing how they dealt with this latest plot twist? I'll have another Karen Bergreen book, and a large coffee...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Helene Finkelstein on July 26, 2012
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I downloaded this book, having read Following Polly, to read during my Cape Cod vacation. I expected an easy-reading, engrossing story with intriguing characters...Karen Bergreen did not disappoint! I found the heroine oddly sympathetic (with the emphasis on pathetic!) and simultaneously inspring. My only problem with the book? It flew, so I didn't get to savor it for as long as I wanted!

Perfect for the beach!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosey3102 on September 13, 2012
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I know this sounds redundant because all of the other reviewers say the same thing, but I couldn't put this book down. And frankly, I'm not sure why. I just loved Kate so much--I identify with her and I don't even have kids. Loved the mystery and the surprise twist but I really have a place in my heart for the supporting cast. My favorite character is Phillippa Von Eck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Simpson on September 9, 2012
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I picked up Perfect is Overrated a day and a half ago and just finished it. What a fun read! Karen Bergreen's writing is conversational, smart and funny. The story vividly paints a picture of New York City, of an exclusive private preschool, and what happens to our sense of personal identity after having a child. I heartily recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on September 6, 2012
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I read Karen Bergreens' first book Following Polly and thoroughly enjoyed that and was very happy when Following Polly which I pre- ordered was delivered to my home.

It was great- had all the perfect elements- mystery, comedy, twists and unexpected turns - can so relate to her character.. ...her dry wit and humor.. I can totally picture it as a movie.. OK- won't give away any more.. Go read it for yourself and you'll see- will not disappoint!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Chapters on September 3, 2012
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Perfect Is Overrated

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.
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