In this world of Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Bulgari, our heroine, Mim, has to do battle with the Car Park Mafia and the Mothers Superior as she drops her children off at the most prestigious school in Melbourne. But in between keeping up with the Joneses - or, in this case, the Mason-Jacksons - cracks are starting to show in Mim's perfect life, as money gets tighter and her husband works ever longer hours. If her two best friends have similar problems, Mim would never know - the Gucci Mamas are far too busy choosing their outfits for the races and having manicures to notice each other's troubles. Something's got to give, and it will take a catastrophic, life-changing event to bring Mim to her senses. But will it be too late?
©2007 Lisa Blundell & Michelle Hamer; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishers Pty Ltd.
"A satirical and incisively witty take on the status-obsessed mothers." (Courier-Mail)
"Will provide some readers with some truly squirmy moments as well as a few good laughs." (ABC Radio Brisbane)
The book seemed to just drag along. There were so many mixed characters with those strong Endlish accents and the narrator seemed to mummble just a bit much for my taste, that I couldn't tell one character from the other. Sorry, I know it has the upper crust society that I like to read about but you can skip this particular one.
I had low expectations of this book, and they were fully met - not a problem. A plot as skinny as some of the characters, and a glaringly predictable story was implicit in the title and precis.
Far worse than the story was the narration. Whilst the narrator's voice is pleasant enough to listen to, and has a better quality than many, it was the inappropriate intonation and strange emphasis on the wrong words that distracted this listener. I have noted this previously in other books read by the same narrator and it really detracts from any story.
You can see whats coming from a mile a way but it is fun ride. I didn't know this story took place in Australia but it was really cute none the less. I recommend it to my book club. I liked the characters and the story but it does jump around a bit. You think there is going to be this huge detailed side story and then... eh not really. The main character is the MAIN character and we get little tidbits of drama from her friends. Lots of brand name dropping all from the Australian perspective.
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