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I'll Take What She Has: A Novel Paperback – February 26, 2013
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“Samantha Wilde has a dry wit, a big heart, and a sharp eye that doesn’t miss a trick. I’ll Take What She Has is a smart and funny behind-the-scenes look at private school life and the grass-is-always-greener friendships of three women who, like most of us, would have fabulous lives if only they could get out of their own way!”—Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom
“With wit, compassion, and a keen ear for dialogue Wilde explores issues of insecurity, envy, young motherhood, and friendship in this fast-paced work.”—Publishers Weekly
“With her easy, amusing narrative style, Wilde speaks the language of women and communicates what lies in their hearts. Add to that a strong, genuine plot with expressive, intelligent yet flawed characters at the center, and you have a gem of a read.”—RT Book Reviews
“A poignant, thoroughly entertaining tale of friends, family, and wanting more.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
“Wilde delivers an honest, unflinching, and emotional look at the messy unpredictability of both motherhood and friendship.”—Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
About the Author
Samantha Wilde, the mother of three young children born in just over four years, openly admits to eating far, far too much chocolate—usually to keep her awake during nap time so she can write some books. Before she took on mothering as a full-time endeavor, she taught more than a dozen yoga classes a week (now she teaches one). She’s a graduate of Concord Academy, Smith College, Yale Divinity School and The New Seminary, as well as the Kripalu School of Yoga. She’s been an ordained minister for more than a decade. Her first novel, This Little Mommy Stayed Home, helped a lot of new mothers get through the night. The daughter of novelist Nancy Thayer, she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, a professor of chemical engineering.
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Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora's ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie's oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don't want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet.
I found I'll Take What She Has to be a relatively fast-paced read and I rather enjoyed the humorous dialogue and situations. I was surprised with how much I liked this book. Yes, there are things about it that are predictable, but I loved the concept of the book. I usually like entertainment that involves a chance to re-examine one's life. I loved how the character got a chance to go back and do things over and I found this book to be a light read with a good message.This book is for women who like chick lit, but want a different formula in a book of that genre. Many times while I was reading this book, I laughed out loud.
I'll Take What She Has does not sugarcoat adulthood and touches on difficult problems that many face in life. As we get older, it gets harder to preserve friendships; it's even harder to make new ones. Best friends can't be made overnight and when one loses a best friend, sometimes they feel like they're losing part of themselves. Nora and Annie notice parts of their lives falling apart as their friendship starts to disappear. Samantha Wilde makes you treasure your friendships just a little bit more.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book; the story kept me entertained and interested. I liked how each chapter flip-flopped between Nora and Annie. I was able to see both sides of each woman's story. At times, the story became a bit repetitive, but if you can get past that, you can enjoy this novel for what it is, an inspiring story of friendship and parenthood.
I'm in my early 30s so a lot of the book really connected with my life and female friendships right now. I chose the book out of my Amazon Vine queue but I was pleasantly surprised that the title is not at all what you expect it means at all!!!
The book centers around childhood best friends Nora and Annie who are and have always been inseparable. They both live at a New England boarding school for girls where Nora teaches English and Annie is an out-spoken feminist stay-at-home mom while her partner/almost husband teaches.
Nora longs to have children but has fertility issues. Annie has kids that she never planned on having with her partner. Their friendship is rock solid until Cynthia Cypress, the ultimate "cool girl" arrives on campus. As a former high school teacher, I thought a lot while reading this book about how our relationships as adults mirror high school relationships but also how high school teachers can regress into the behaviors of their students.
Cynthia SEEMS to have it all. She's gorgeous. She has the "perfect" husband (Nora's ex). She seems to radiate charisma that pulls people towards her: especially, much to Annie's chagrin, Nora. But everyone except Nora can tell there's something fishy about Cynthia.
There's friendship, there's marriage, there's parenthood, there's everything in this book. It's the ultimate book "chick-lit" book but with a depth that one would liken to Jennifer Weiner's books.
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