Friday, March 27, 2020

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Little Wonders

About Little Wonders

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 17, 2020)

If you like SMALL ADMISSIONS by Amy Poepell or CLASS MOM by Laurie Gelman you will love this novel about super mommies, private schools, and getting your worst moment plastered across the internet.

Her mommy meltdown is seen around the world!

When Quinn Barrett’s son refuses to wear his hand-crafted costume to the Little Wonders Preschool Happy Halloween Parade and Dance Party she loses it -- complete with stomping, screaming, and costume-destruction galore. Not her best day. And caught on viral video.   Yep, “Halloween Mom” is now internet famous.

The posting culprit: tattooed, blue-haired, west-coast transplant Daisy McGulch, out of place in the posh New England town and unable to blend with the other perfect mommies of Little Wonders Preschool.

While she couldn’t care less about organic snacks (paleo-preferred) or the winter quarters of the Little Wonders chickens, she’s not about to admit she’s the one who accidently brought Quinn’s worst moment to the entire world—she’d be kicked out of town!

But when Quinn and Daisy find themselves unlikely cohorts in the fight for Little Wonders Parents Association supremacy, they also discover they have more in common than they expected…but the internet is forever.  Can Quinn live down her new reputation?  And how far will Daisy go to keep the truth from coming to light?

Hilarious, clever, and unforgettable, Little Wonders offers a glimpse into the high-pressure world of modern momming, with natural toys, scrutinized playdates, PTA politics, and social media gone amok.

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Review: I'm not at all sure how I felt about this book. I read and enjoyed The Baby Plan, but this was different.

From the start, I hated Quinn Barrett. I didn't like Ham, and a really hated her husband. Daisy and Rob were ok, but only in that they were opposites of the Barretts. Almost normal folk, would be the best way to describe them.

I felt the most fun thing about the book were the newsletters that appeared randomly, with the little bits of snarky humor scratched out.

Little Wonders preschool...I mean..I just shook my head at all the goings on there.

Rich people problems for the most part, and unless the story is something like Dallas or Dynasty, I have no connection or feel any compassion for these characters.

Quinn's mantra is First I will be good, then I will be better, then I will be perfect.

GAH, that in itself is enough to make me hate her.

I started to soften towards her midway through the book though. She lost an awful lot over nothing. But still I couldn't truly relate to her or fantasize about wanting her life.  (Like I would if I were reading a book about the fabulous and wealthy)

Daisy was the most likable character. I loved that she was nerdy and a gamer and totally the opposite of everyone in town. She was also put together and probably more intelligent than some of the other crazy parents in town.

It was a fun read though and there were some chuckles to be had throughout, again those newsletters were fabulous, but it lacks a wow factor that I want in a book that is supposed to be part comedy. Granted I could see this book translating well on the big screen.

Rating: 3 flowers

About Kate Rorick

Emmy Award-winning writer Kate Rorick is the author of novels about modern motherhood.  She is also a television writer and producer, most recently for The Librarians and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger.  She is one of the writers behind the runaway YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and authored its two tie-in novels.  In her vast spare time she is a bestselling author of historical romance, under the name Kate Noble. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Find out more about Kate at her website, and connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Sara Strand said...

I liked this one too and I can't say I cared for Quinn, either! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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