Trophy Life

Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (355 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A refreshingly honest, laugh-out-loud novel about losing the life you always wanted...and finding the life you were meant to have.

For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore her older husband, and wear terribly expensive (if uncomfortable) underwear.

When her husband disappears, leaving Agnes and their infant daughter with no money, no home, and no staff, she is forced to move across the country, where she lands a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx. So long, organic quinoa bowls and sunshine-filled California life. Hello, processed food, pest-infested house, and twelve-year-old-boy humor - all day, every day.

But it’s in this place of second chances (and giant bugs), where Agnes is unexpectedly forced to take care of herself and her daughter, where she finds out the kind of woman she can be. Ultimately, she has to decide if she prefers the woman and mother she has become...or the trophy life she left behind.

Authentic and sharply witty, Trophy Life is proof that granny panties and mom coats might not be the answer to everything; they’re simply comfortable (if slightly unattractive) reminders of what happens when one life ends...and real life begins.

©2019 Lea Geller (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • KM
  • 06-08-19

Ugh!

The main character in this book is so frustrating and must have been imagined with zero self esteem. She so ridiculously makes every excuse possible for her nightmare of a husband -it’s pathetic. I can’t finish it so I imagine there is some kind of redemption at the end but I can’t get there. I have never yelled at the audio so much for any other book. And the husband is just gross. It’s a very one sided relationship and it is unclear why she would not tell this guy to take a flying leap much, much earlier in the book.
I guess if a man is attractive and rich we should all just do whatever they say regardless of how absurd the request. It is so unclear why she doesn’t just go do something else and say screw this.
I agree with the other reviewer that this is likely a first book and I don’t think it’s badly written but the characters don’t inspire empathy.

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Abusive Relationship

Put simply this book is about an abusive relationship and is truly one of the most awful books I’ve ever read. The majority of characters have NO redeeming qualities. I made it to end convinced that things would turn around. Please don’t waste your time.

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Amateur writing

Couldn’t finish this one. You can definitely tell this is the authors first novel. But hey- we all gotta start somewhere!

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A deceit book

I enjoyed the audio version. I don't think I would have finished it so soon if I read the actual book. Overall, I enjoyed it. The narrator did an awesome job. I would listen to more books read by her.

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Definitely not a “laugh out loud” novel but cute

I chose this book because I love a good “laugh out loud” novel as it is described. This was not it. I can’t think of a single time I even chuckled. However, it was still a good enough book. I loved the relationship Aggie built with her students but overall, it was a little boring and the climax went over with a whimper. Very forgettable and not what I was hoping for but the narrator was great and if you’re looking for a light read, this is a decent one.

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never quite got you there!

The narration was horrible. Flat, emotionless voice, almost sounded electronic at times. I believe the narrator was the reason this story felt like it was missing something from the beginning. The storyline was good, but left to much distance about Jack. Made the main character seem like an unbelievable moron. The ending was unsatisfying, we were forced to draw our own conclusions about what happened to Jack. In general, not believable.

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Very easy and quick read but very repetitious. There was not much of a closing to the end.

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I feel dumber having listened to this book and for paying for it. The only reason I'm going to finish is for my book club so that I can complain about just how stupid the lead character is.

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rollercoaster of emotions

I found myself yelling at the Aggie to grow a pair and stand up for herself. However, her insecurity and lack of self respect was necessary for the story to unfold the way it did. I cheered for Aggie, I cried for Aggie, I really felt for her. All in all, it was a good book and I recommend it.

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liked book.

flowed nicely. I read it in just a few days. Fun. Characters are limited in who gets deep development. A real romp enjoyed thoroughly.

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  • Yvette
  • 12-14-19

It was ok

I didn’t find this book funny at all. It wasn’t boring but it wasn’t funny. If you’re after a funny ha ha book, this isn’t it.