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Publisher's Summary

The Devil Wears Prada meets Class Mom in this delicious novel of love, money, and misbehaving parents.

One of The Daily Skimm’s Reads Pick for May 2020

One of Good Housekeeping's 20 Best New Fiction Books of 2020

Good Morning America Mother's Day in Quarantine Books to Buy

One of New York Post’s Best Books of the Week in May 2020 

PopSugar's Most Exciting Books for May 2020

One of SheReads' Most Anticipated Books of 2020

"Delightful.... Hilarious, cringe-worthy, and all too relevant. I ate this book up like a box of candy; you will too." (Tara Conklin, author of The Last Romantics)

All's fair in love and kindergarten admissions.

At 39, Josie Bordelon's modeling career as the "it" Black beauty of the '90s is far behind her. Now director of admissions at San Francisco's most sought after private school, she's chic, single, and determined to keep her 17-year-old daughter, Etta, from making the same mistakes she did.

But Etta has plans of her own - and their beloved matriarch, Aunt Viv, has Etta's back. If only Josie could manage Etta's future as well as she manages the shenanigans of the over-anxious, over-eager parents at school - or her best friend's attempts to coax Josie out of her sex sabbatical and back onto the dating scene.

As admissions season heats up, Josie discovers that when it comes to matters of the heart - and the office - the biggest surprises lie closest to home.

©2020 Alli Frank, Asha Youmans (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Over-eager parents are just one of the many things heroine Josie Bordelon has to deal with as head of admissions for a tawny private school in San Francisco. These two authors are brave enough to expose the insanity and hilarity that happen during application season.... A really funny read.” (Laurie Gelman, author of Class Mom)

“Youmans and Frank manage to tackle a woman's journey through work, race, and motherhood beautifully in their debut. Tiny Imperfections is laugh out loud funny and full of heart. I can't wait to see what they bring us next!” (Alexa Martin, author of Fumbled)

"Frank and Youmans pack their debut with drama.... The glitzy, high stakes world and gossipy narrative voice will put readers in mind of Crazy Rich Asians." (Publishers Weekly

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I wanted to like it

I really want to like this book. But I’m halfway through and I’m not sure I can finish it. I love when authors use detailed descriptions to help paint a picture. But in this book, the author spends way too much time describing irrelevant situations and emails from the private school parents, which slows the story way down and makes it boring. The flirtation with gay Dr. is weird and while the Aunt Viv relationship was cute initially, It became a distraction and another plot device that made the story drag even more - the Aunt Viv character really started to annoy me

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Too bad about the narrator...

An entertaining, 'inside looking out' take on how the elite compete to get their kids admitted to prestigious private school. Unfortunately, my enjoyment was significantly diminished by poor narration.

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Loved it!

Great Story! Great Narration ! No matter where you are in life you can relate to these characters.

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Great Read!

I love Bahni Turpin’s narrations! She did not disappoint for this book. I enjoy the story. It was a wonderful summer read, had a good good story line and had twists and turns. Just what I needed as we continue to try and figure out living with COVID-19. Wear a mask!!

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Nice read. Easy Listen. Great Narration

This is was a great book. I loved the story and I loved the narration. She brought the characters to life

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Made me laugh and smile I so want to be Josie‘a friend

So needed a book that would make me laugh as a retired teacher this was dead on nailed the obsessive parents and the love the teachers and others who work at a school feel for the children

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Easy listening

I was looking for a light and easy read, to take my mind off the pandemic, and the current state of affairs in the US, this book did just that.

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I loved it!

Such a great story that relatable and entertaining. I was sad when it ended.

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Clear prose. Fun read.

Great pace and story. Perfect beach read. Narration was flawless top to bottom. I forgot there was only one voice.

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Tiny Imperfections delivers a strong narrative voice that I enjoyed in both kindle and audiobook. This is one of those rare cases where the author and the narrator are a magic match! This delivered even more than I expected. Romance takes a back seat here to contemporary women’s fiction with a focus on family and comedy.