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Summer is here! That means it’s time for lots of lounging by the pool, on the beach, or in your backyard while your kids play in a plastic kiddie pool. Whatever way you go, you’ll need good reading material and I’ve got the perfect book for you!
City Mouse by Stacey Lender
About the book:
Priced out of their Manhattan neighborhood, Jessica and Aaron move with their young daughters to the one place Jessica swore she’d never go: the suburbs. But to Jessica’s surprise, life in the commuter belt makes a great first impression. She quickly falls in with a clique of helpful mom friends who welcome her with pitchers of margaritas, neighborhood secrets, and a pair of hot jeans that actually fit.
Still, it’s hard to keep up in a crowd where everyone competes for the most perfectly manicured home and latest backyard gadgets. And what’s worse, as the only working mom in her circle, Jessica sometimes feels disconnected and alone. So she’s thrilled when she’s invited to a moms-only weekend at the beach, which she assumes will mean new opportunities for real talk and bonding. Instead, the trip turns into a series of eye-opening lessons, and Jessica must decide if she’s strong enough to be honest with herself about the sort of life she really wants.
This book is everything I don’t want my life to be, but sure don’t mind hearing about someone else living through it. Jessica has grand illusions of what suburbia will be like, at least after her husband convinces her it’s where they need to move. Her neighbor stops by and introduces herself, which leads to a party invite. Jess then meets many of the other local moms, all who have kids at the school her daughter will go to. At first, she thinks these women are great! They all seem to have it together and have great marriages and Jess feels the need to measure up. As time goes on, the cracks start to show and Jess sees how these women really are. The women then take a girl’s trip and let’s just say that shit truly hits the fan. I’m not even sure how I would handle what all happens on that trip. Jess comes back with a renewed look on life and her marriage.
This was a quick, easy read. It really makes you take a second look at your life and it’s a great reminder not to try to live up to other people’s standards. No one really knows what goes on in a marriage except the two people in it.
The book comes out in paperback June 6, but you can preorder it on Amazon now!