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Publisher's Summary

In a smart and funny new novel by the author of the critically acclaimed, “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway.

Allison Brinkley - wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist - discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought.

Allison learns that New York is unruly and bewildering, defying the notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from the principal’s office and the loss of the job she was counting on, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all.

When Allison has a fender bender, witnessed by a flock of mothers at her son’s new school, she is led to the penthouse apartment of a luxurious Central Park West building and encounters a spoiled, hungover, unsupervised teenager who looks familiar. It doesn’t take long to recognize him as Carter Reid - a famous pop star who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Through this brush with stardom, Allison embraces a unique and unexpected opportunity that helps her find her way in the heart of Manhattan.

In an audiobook that delivers laughs, warmth, and delightful wish fulfillment, Poeppel dives into celebrity culture and modern motherhood with her trademark “quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) style.

©2018 Amy Poeppel (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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A wonderful story!

I bought the audiobook based on a newspaper review. I am so glad I did. It is so good: funny, thoughtful, entertaining. It is a book that you can read and finish with a smile on your face and in your heart. The narrator is perfect.

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Fun read!

I loved this book...loved the characters and the setting. I highly recommend this book!

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Absolutely no likable characters

Listened to the entire book waiting for a redeeming quality to appear with any of the characters. Never came. Honestly kept waiting for there to be something likable. Yes there was supposed to be a bratty character, but the other main character was even worse, and we were supposed to admire her for some inexplicable reason. Even side characters were terrible and unlikable. Exasperating.

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Fun but unreasonable plot

The plot is ridiculous, that said, the book is enjoyable. The performance is okay, not as good as some other performers.

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So much fun

I loved diving into the upper west side NYC life, and thinking about the fast-paced life from the perspective of a smart, but human woman.

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Entertaining, funny, loveable, so fabulous!!

the most fun I've had listening to a book in months! fell in love with the characters!! Limelight is a Winner!