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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001764
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 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: #1,332,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By drebbles VINE VOICE on August 6, 2012
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After the birth of her daughter Molly Kate Alger not only suffered from postpartum depression but the collapse of her marriage. Kate is slowly recovering and getting her life back together when her world is rocked by the murder of the mother of one of Molly's classmates. Kate used to be an Assistant District Attorney and can't help but become interested in the case. Soon she thinks she knows who the killer is but she's been wrong all too often in the recent past.

"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.
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