Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartner late to the first day of school wasn’t her best look.
Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her…
To make matters even worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood mystery—right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realize her neighbors may be just as flawed as—and even wackier than—she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mom?
Source: Purchase Rating: 4½/5 stars
The Bottom Line: Would it really be the start of a new year if I weren’t totally on the opposite side of the Goodreads star rating for a book?? Truly!! Y’all would begin to wonder about an imposter running my blog if I agreed with the masses about a book 😊
I went into this book expecting nothing and came having read a really ridiculous book that had me laughing through most of the pages and chapters. Once you realize and accept how absolutely over the top every aspect of this book is, you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride. The Village of Primm is utterly out of control, Mary-Margaret is absolutely monstrous in her behavior, and Holly is often startling in her responses to events in her life. I found Holly and her responses to be fascinating as well as often hilarious. If I am completely honest, there was more than one occasion when I found myself thinking how much happier we’d all be if, just once in a while we just let go like Holly Banks. To be sure, Holly is dealing with some crazy circumstances and her desire to fit in often trips her up and causes her to overreact to the situation at hand. With time to ruminate on this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that Holly Banks Full of Angst is really a reflection of the modern world. Holly resembles so many people in this world with her home, her financial situation, her fears and worries for her child, and her inclusion into a community that goes too far in an effort to appear perfect. Holly doesn’t always react in the best way possible, but she is true to herself and her feelings and for that, I had to admire her.