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Kargman is no worse off without writing partner Carrie Karasyov (The Right Address; Wolves in Chic Clothing) in her first solo novel, a breezy jaunt through the Manhattan nursery grinder. Recently relocated to the Upper East Side from San Francisco after her husband, Josh, took a lucrative job, Hannah Allen is thrown into the mommy snake pit by her domineering mother-in-law, Lila Allen Dillingham, who introduces Hannah to a cabal of neighborhood moms led by the "drop dead gorgissima" Bee Elliott. Hannah, a black-jeans-and-Converse art history grad and mother of too-cute two-year-old Violet, struggles to please Lila and keep up with Bee's hypercompetitive crew of "Kelly-bag-toting, Chanel-suit-wearing, Bugaboo-pushing sharks" who fret over their children's head circumferences and admissions into pre-preschools with three-year waiting lists. There's no shortage of name-dropping and light humor as Hannah struggles to win a co-op board's approval, keep her marriage afloat and get Violet into Carnegie Nursery School. Though a bevy of "awky" abbreviations litter the narrative ("unfortch" "sitch," "actsch"), Kargman writes with verve. Fans of the genre won't be disappointed. (Apr.)
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When Hannah Allen's husband's job brings them from San Francisco to Manhattan, she's ill prepared for life as a Park Avenue mother. In this land of elite pre-preschools, pacifier consultants, and children's birthday parties held in hotel ballrooms, gossip and competitive bragging are the pastimes of choice. Hannah finds herself struggling to feel at home and make new friends, and jabs from her snobby mother-in-law aren't helping matters. Kargman offers a voyeuristic view of the good life and its bad side in a novel that is entertaining but also insubstantial, peppered with pop-culture references and enough lingo and cute abbreviations to necessitate a glossary. However, Momzillas does mark the rise of a new trend in contemporary fiction: mom lit. Building on the success of tot-filled tomes like The Nanny Diaries (2002) and Little Earthquakes (2004), the fiction of singledom is giving way to the fiction of motherhood, and readers are snapping these books up. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924795
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Overall, I thought the book was fun to read. I have met lots of competitive mommies like the ones the author describes. However, I don't think I've ever read a book that contained so many type-o's. Also, the shortened words drove me nuts- for example, "neighb" instead of neighborhood. Maybe that slang is particular to some region of the country. It doesn't appeal to me. It also irritated me that the protagonist was so judgemental. Couldn't she find something nice to say about the Momzillas? They were her first New York City Mom friends. They invited her to events. They showed her places in the city. By the end of the book, it seemed like she was declaring herself superior to them. I would have believed and liked her more if she had simply concluded that she didn't have much in common with them and found new friends whose company she enjoyed more.
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I usually enjoy a light read as much as I enjoy something more literary, but I found it very hard to finish this book. The author abbreviates words for no good reason. This prevented me from focusing on the story--I was constantly on the lookout for the author's verbal tics . The repeated use of neighb, convo (for conversation) smacks (for dollars) and uggles (for ugly) made me delete this piece of crap before I was even halfway through. Bad bad bad writing. It does not make the main character seem cool and millennial, just brain dead.
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I guess I'm not the demographic for this book. I'm a New Yorker although I no longer live there, so I was interested in the subject matter, but found it impossible to relate to the cutesy acronyms, mediocre writing and crude language. The characters were more like caricatures and I found the plot a bit contrived and predictable. It's an easy, chick book with no heavy lifting required but given the subject matter it could have been so much better.
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A funny and provocative look into the mean mommies of the Upper East Side. Hannah is learning her way in an arena of shallow, logo loving women with social climbing aspirations that are cut throat, to say the least. Her initiation into this anxiety riddled group of women is something any woman that has moved can relate to, even if it is not to this extreme. We've all met a "Momzilla", in all economic categories. Hannah's fashion sense is wrong, her child is relatively dressed like a ragamuffin and will grow up with no promise of a future because in this world, and applications to good nurseries must start at the prenatal stage. Hannah's blue blood mother-in-law is already entrenched in the tony New York lifestyle and mourns her son's choice; making Hannah's pariah status even more pronounced. The writer is funny and has some well placed fresh similes that will make you laugh out loud. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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First of all, this is the first "chick lit" I have read in about 15 years, so I moved through it pretty quickly and kept in mind that it was a fairy tale (as a matter of fact, I believe that's what the book cover says it is). So, keeping that in mind throughout, I was able to enjoy it for what it was - a light summer read.

That said, I agree with the other reviews in that I found the typos and slang irritating at times (and "Joshie" - cripe)), but not so distracting that I couldn't get through the story. I did skip the chapters relative to her relationship with Tate because they were so mind-numbingly boring at times, and I discovered that I could fill in the blanks enough (SEMI-SPOILER ALERT) not to be terribly surprised when he revealed himself at the end.

I personally did not find her whiny, but rather exhibiting behavior typical of many women I know. They run an inner dialogue of what they would say or do - but rarely act on it until they pressure cook their way to a complete blow out. Again - if you don't get so caught up expecting it to be (and I don't believe it was ever intended to be) a great American novel, you may find you will enjoy it....maybe even a little!
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up Momzillas figuring it would be fairly amusing, but as soon as I started reading the Glossary in the beginning, I was laughing so hard. Even for those of us not living on the UES of Manhattan, we can relate to the Momzillas Hannah deals with in the book. Jill's humorous, breezy style made this a fun and quick read, and I loved that it was laced with so many pop-culture references. I had just finished reading a couple of pretty heavy novels, and this was a welcome treat. Thanks, Jill! Looking forward to more fun reads!
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I had fairly high expectations for this book, based on all of the recent hype about the companion tv show, Odd Mom Out. Needless to say, the hype is unfounded. This book is dull. I was expecting a lot of witty repartee and insight into upper class Manhattan. Instead, I got a whiney heroine and boring story line. Waaaaa my husband has to work all the time to support our lifestyle. Waaaaa all of the other girls make fun of my black clothes. Additonally, the grammar and spelling are atrocious. One of the authors went to an Ivy League school and yet is unable to form a coherent sentence. Boo to this book and I won't be reading anything else by this pair.
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