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Great read, entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time
on March 26, 2012
I picked up Four of a Kind because I thought I'd like the friendship theme. I did like the book for that--four women come together for a diversity committee and become friends. The book was about a lot more than just women's friendship. The book took on some heavy issues like race, class, motherhood, parenting and relationships in general, just to name a few. I thought the author handled all of this very well and that the characters were well developed, if a bit cliche at times. In the end, I liked all of these women and was pulling for them in ways I wasn't expecting to. The author's humor is a bit snarky at times, but I loved it.
The poker theme was a little bit overdone for me at times, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. However, I really wish that the game explanation and term section of the book had been at the beginning of the book rather than at the end. I don't know much about any kind of poker and this would have really helped me.
Overall, a good book that delved into many issues that had me thinking, and I always love when that happens. This book had me laughing at times, rolling my eyes at others and even tearing up once or twice. I hadn't read anything by Frankel before, but I will certainly be looking into her other books. Four of a Kind would probably make a great choice for book clubs. Members might even decide to play some poker, Four of a Kind (Brooklyn)-style.