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The author leaves too many important plot devices unexplained. I understand that Mimi was feeding the girls high calorie treats to get them fat so that the parents would insist on her fitness training program. But I never understood why the fitness program was so important to her. Was it because she wanted to be a coach? Was it because she wanted to "save" the girls from fat? She's already the star of the show, so that can't be it. One line would have done it. The author understands that some things need a quick explanation--she gives us one line to explain why the widowed Claire doesn't need to work--but she doesn't have anyone say "she wants the coaching job" or "she is morbidly afraid of fat"
I understand that the point of this book is that Claire has to learn to stand up for herself and her daughter, but ... The coach had told Claire that he didn't want the girls doing fitness before practice because it tired them out, and she never mentions this to any of the other parents? I'm not talking about confrontation, just in chit chat. The parents are talking about the fitness thing constantly, didn't it ever occur to Claire to say, "Well, I agree with coach, it tires them out and they can't play"? Instead, she says nothing and it becomes a huge big deal and the kids get fat.
The drug use? The drug in question is not, as far as I know, helpful for athletic performance. Also, as an aside, if the author had thought about it, she could have had Ron's license suspended, really making his life hell.
The end is very, very rushed.Read more ›
Also, I don't believe for a moment that Mimi could get away with putting prescription drugs in the girls' food and not a single parent would call the police. They were low doses, but Mimi was drugging the kids, and when Claire ate a bunch of those Girl Power bars she went cuckoo. Nothing was stopping the girls from stealing bars (Rachel did) and that could have happened to any one of them.Read more ›
Field of Schemes follows newly widowed Claire Emmett as she embarks on a new world outside LA so that she and her young daughter can start a fresh new life in the picture-perfect suburb of Santa Bella, CA. But, it appears as though things are different than what they seem once she gets settled and she learns very quickly that children's sports are in demand and the other parents are very involved. Things get complicated when sweet Rachel gets scouted for an elite team and poor Claire is thrown in head first into the world of drama and deceit and things go downhill fast as she realizes just how far some parents are willing to go for their kids.
I have been a big fan of Jennifer Coburn for quite sometime now (my favorite book is Tales from the Crib) and this book does not disappoint. I have seen first hand the crazy world that are competitive sports and I remember some of the parents and the things that they would do when I was a kid, and this book is just like that but to another level. This book is laugh out loud (as most of Coburn's books are) and was an absolute riot. I really enjoyed reading about Claire and I thought that Coburn excelled (yet again) with her character and story development. And poor Rachel, my heart ached for her. On and off the field, this book is a winner and I think that any fan of sports or of a good, fun read will enjoy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Jennifer Coburn's books, they are intelligent, funny, romantic, profound, and insightful...a quality read!Published 1 month ago by Darkmom
Enjoyed this more than I was expecting to. I know nothing about soccer or children's games but I really enjoyed the way it was written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cindy Clark
Not a bad book but have to say I preferred tales from the crib. This book was a little predictable and drawn out but I did enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by T Finnegan
This book was slow to start, then crammed a year's worth of action into the second half of the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carrie Garner
Definetely not what I thought this book was going to be about. Slow read as I kind of lost interest. Too much time spent on the daughter and soccer tryouts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patricia W.
I read two of her books back to back and this one was by far my favorite of the two. The other was Wife of Reilly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tracie A. Smith
Funny and witty. You will really enjoy this book if you or your child played any travel sports. It is a light summer read.Published 10 months ago by H Dunnenberger III