Happy & You Know It
A dark, witty page-turner set around a group of wealthy mothers and the young musician who takes a job singing to their babies and finds herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets….After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for overprivileged infants on New York’s Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy.There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her perfect life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the cool women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood—exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women—while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.

Happy & You Know It Details

TitleHappy & You Know It
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984806239
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Happy & You Know It Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to the universe of Super powered trust fund Manhattan penthouse moms! They cant be defined as regular stay-at-home moms. They are full of energy with their shiny, beautiful hairs, wearing their designer clothes (especially blouses) or casually Lululemon yoga pants, drinking wines, already lost their pregnancy weights, running around from different activities to another social gatherings. Now they created a play group for their children but instead of their babies, they all play no work Welcome to the universe of “Super powered trust fund Manhattan penthouse moms”! They can’t be defined as regular stay-at-home moms. They are full of energy with their shiny, beautiful hairs, wearing their designer clothes (especially blouses) or casually Lululemon yoga pants, drinking wines, already lost their pregnancy weights, running around from different activities to another social gatherings. Now they created a play group for their children but instead of their babies, they all play no work and of course that situation makes them not dull but so entertaining group of people. The group leader Whitney, once upon a time white trash girl, now a sophisticated, beautiful mom played her cards right and charmed a handsome, rich husband Grant. She is now an instagram star sharing the group photos and telling how she is having an amazing life.Now they need a musician play songs to entertain their babies and we’re introduced Claire, replaced by another singer from her old band, jobless, penniless, rejected, ex- church singer and ex-rock star, welcomes into those mothers’ world to sing their babies: “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!” where the book’s title coming from.Slowly Claire feels motivated by those mothers’ positive energy. Even she stands still after seeing the hostility of Amara, one of the mothers resigned from her job on popular late show, raising her problem child, caught by Claire at the bathroom of Whitney in inappropriate position. She gets used to quirkiness of Meredith and Ellie, the arrogance and know-it-all attitude of Gwen and silent, peaceful antics of Vicki. Those women turned into her best friends and she starts to enjoy her time spending with them which helps her to forget her regretful past and her failed carrier attempts. She befriends Amara and shared her secrets about her wounded past. But one day she also finds out the biggest secret which will turn her world upside down and helps her see from a different angle of those shiny mothers’ world. Nothing as it seems, everything she knew about them is bucket of lies. So what is going to happen? Will she face with those mothers? Is one of them conducting a master plan? Are they both liars, cheaters? Which one she could really trust? Did she put her life in danger for trusting them so much? This book is getting darker at each page and full of surprises and twists that you never see it coming. The final revelation connects with prologue perfectly. I liked the dark humor of the story and author’s sarcastic approach to the rich young penthouse’s mothers’ lives. It was more enjoyable than any “Real housewives” series.The character development is fantastic. I mostly liked Amara and her relationship dynamics with her husband, her failures and her fears about being a bad mother, her efforts and natural way of dealing with her problems earned a place in my heart. Of course I also loved Claire, her efforts to be better version of herself and chasing her dreams.I liked the chapters, the stories of these different women and conclusion of their stories. It’s a fresh break to read dark humor, women’s fiction genre which I really enjoyed the intelligence and writing style of the author.Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing to share this amazing ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Well hello....mommy club book! What a refreshing book this was. I flew through this entertaining read in less than 24 hours. Not being a mommy myself (except for my adorable dogs) I wasn't sure if this would be a book I would click with. No worries here! If you have a sense of humor, like some entertainment and like a little mystery and frenemy type behavior...this is it!This book was a snarky adorable look at motherhood struggles, life struggles and fricking funny all wrapped into one. Get Well hello....mommy club book! What a refreshing book this was. I flew through this entertaining read in less than 24 hours. Not being a mommy myself (except for my adorable dogs) I wasn't sure if this would be a book I would click with. No worries here! If you have a sense of humor, like some entertainment and like a little mystery and frenemy type behavior...this is it!This book was a snarky adorable look at motherhood struggles, life struggles and fricking funny all wrapped into one. Get this...it opens with a "rich looking" woman running down the streets of NYC in a fur coat in the middle of August..with vomit all down the front of her...with a group of women chasing her...in their heels...wth right??? Don't worry no spoilers here, that is literally from Chapter one.Whitney created a mommy club for NYC mommies to share and bond with their daily struggles. The club is a great support but often turns into a bit of a competition between the mommies. Whitney has made the club "famous" by splashing their picture perfect mommy moments all over Instagram. Enter Claire...the hip musician the mommies hire to entertain their babies. Hold up...do people really do this?!! Claire has secrets of her own..why does she flip her you know what when she hears the ever so popular song Idaho Eyes? Can she bond with these mommies?My favorite character was Amara. Real to life, often questioning how she got herself classified a "mom." I loved her snarky behavior and my heart went out to her as she struggled in her new role.Surprise!! I didn't expect a bit of a mystery rolled up in this one. There is a mastermind behind the mommy club..yep you heard me! Some twists and turns that completely caught me off guard.This book was so entertaining. I often felt like I was reading about The Real Housewives of NYC mommy edition! BTW I would watch that show! #guiltypleasure Rich, poor you all get pooped on the same! Thank you so much to Berkley for this ARC via Edelweiss. I highly enjoyed it!
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Claire lost her gig with a band right as they hit it big. She is down on her luck and in need of a job. So when a upper class mommy group needs a singer? She is on it! Once she gets into these women's lives she realizes that maybe they aren't just the upper class housewives that she originally thought. (view spoiler)[I so want to call them the house ho's like I do in real life but I can feel the trolls fingers just a burning. (hide spoiler)] This book is just pure fun. Especially if you a Claire lost her gig with a band right as they hit it big. She is down on her luck and in need of a job. So when a upper class mommy group needs a singer? She is on it! Once she gets into these women's lives she realizes that maybe they aren't just the upper class housewives that she originally thought. (view spoiler)[I so want to call them the house ho's like I do in real life but I can feel the trolls fingers just a burning. (hide spoiler)] This book is just pure fun. Especially if you a nosey, catty heifer like I am. Then plot twist...I actually started to like a few of these women. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a WONDERFUL novel. For the first part of it, I couldnt figure out why I was turning the pages too fast to take notes, which I usually do when there are this many characters involved. Theres Claire, who was unceremoniously dumped by her band for another singer who was curvier and sexier, which would have been rough on its own, but whats worse is that shortly after they made the change, they catapulted to fame and have the number one song in the country, while shes taking on unglamorous This is a WONDERFUL novel. For the first part of it, I couldn’t figure out why I was turning the pages too fast to take notes, which I usually do when there are this many characters involved. There’s Claire, who was unceremoniously dumped by her band for another singer who was curvier and sexier, which would have been rough on its own, but what’s worse is that shortly after they made the change, they catapulted to fame and have the number one song in the country, while she’s taking on unglamorous jobs like being the cheery singer for the playgroup of babies of six excessively wealthy New York stay-at-home moms who spend an extravagant amount of money on things like health supplements. The novel is told from some of the moms, too. I had more sympathy for some of them than others: Missing having their day jobs while maintaining their skinny physiques and pretending there are no challenges with being a mom, even to a child with a behavior disorder because, of course, they are perfect in every way. The novel gets to be even more of twist-and-turns page turner with a supremely satisfying ending.Highly recommend. Thanks so much to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES MAY 19, 2020.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a few chapters to really get into this one but soon after I was hooked. And I don't think you necessarily have to be a parent and/or active on social media to find this to be a worthwhile read.Claire is a musician who is struggling to make ends meet so she takes a job as a playgroup entertainer for a group of privileged mothers and their babies. Not the most exciting gig especially considering her former band is experiencing fame and fortune without her. The longer Claire hangs around It took me a few chapters to really get into this one but soon after I was hooked. And I don't think you necessarily have to be a parent and/or active on social media to find this to be a worthwhile read.Claire is a musician who is struggling to make ends meet so she takes a job as a playgroup entertainer for a group of privileged mothers and their babies. Not the most exciting gig especially considering her former band is experiencing fame and fortune without her. The longer Claire hangs around the moms, the more she realizes this group is just full of secrets.The story follows Claire and some of the mothers in the group so you end up with quite a few perspectives. While there is some humor in the book, I actually was surprised that it was a thought-provoking novel. With social media such a part of everyday life for so many, there seems to be this added pressure to present a picture perfect life when most of us aren't living that reality at all. The story explores some of the messed up consequences of trying to uphold a certain lifestyle for appearance sake. And of course the criticism that mothers seem to face no matter what they do is something the author also touches on in the book.I do recommend this book if you enjoy reading women's fiction. It's entertaining, but not a fluffy read as there truly is some substance. The author also manages to throw in a few twists which was an added bonus.Thank you to Berkley for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn |
  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    Happy & You Know It was extremely refreshing. Not only is it well written, but it was blessing me with unexpected content throughout the entire story. From the blurb I expected a young musician doing a job that she didnt want by running a childrens music play group. What I got was the rich Manhattan mommy experience that could translate perfectly into a television show. I swear, there are laughs, tears, and even a bit of mystery. There are a few instances in this one that I found extremely Happy & You Know It was extremely refreshing. Not only is it well written, but it was blessing me with unexpected content throughout the entire story. From the blurb I expected a young musician doing a job that she didn’t want by running a children’s music play group. What I got was the “rich Manhattan mommy” experience that could translate perfectly into a television show. I swear, there are laughs, tears, and even a bit of mystery. There are a few instances in this one that I found extremely relatable as a stay at home mom. There are also things that happen that had me shaking my head thinking, “what the heck is wrong with these people?” And I sort of think that was the point. I don’t want to spoil the book, but what I can’t leave without saying is that this book is very entertaining. It took me awhile to read it, because I had life things going on, but trust me I did not want to put it down. I can see this one ending up having quite the buzz once it arrives.Available May 19th!*ARC
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I received this via goodreads giveaways ,thanks! All my opinions are my own.*****(Couldn't resist haha.. wish I could make cute gifs sometimes)Ended liking this one more than I thought I would :)Sometimes I was snorting and rolling my eyes at some of the things the ladies did but not in a "took away from the story" type of of way. Kind of like hanging out with friends who do some crazy things and you roll your eyes but don't say anything (most of the time... my closest friends can read my face I received this via goodreads giveaways ,thanks! All my opinions are my own.*****(Couldn't resist haha.. wish I could make cute gifs sometimes)Ended liking this one more than I thought I would :)Sometimes I was snorting and rolling my eyes at some of the things the ladies did but not in a "took away from the story" type of of way. Kind of like hanging out with friends who do some crazy things and you roll your eyes but don't say anything (most of the time... my closest friends can read my face pretty easily).I did want to smack Whitney a few times throughout though.Amara was my favorite of the group.. I do wish we had gotten to know Vicki better but that's my only complaint.This was a crazy and fun ride, and would recommend:) Not super deep and not shallow... a nice read to escape the world for awhile. Definite re-read for the future for this girl.
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    Happy & You Know It is basically a beach read on steroids. I was looking for some escape reading and hade a perfect mix of twists and humor. Its fast-paced, witty and a little dark.While it was a little out there with the exaggerated plot, it totally worked in so many ways. It had a relatable take on upper-class new motherhood, social media and other cultural phenomena.You either loved or hated these characters which were part of the appeal. It was super readable, engaging and not as Happy & You Know It is basically a beach read on steroids. I was looking for some escape reading and hade a perfect mix of twists and humor. It’s fast-paced, witty and a little dark.While it was a little out there with the exaggerated plot, it totally worked in so many ways. It had a relatable take on upper-class new motherhood, social media and other cultural phenomena.You either loved or hated these characters which were part of the appeal. It was super readable, engaging and not as predictable as I originally thought. I found this book to be was the perfect brain candy that was the perfect balance of being ridiculous and totally relatable at the same time. This would make the perfect vacation read I highly recommend adding it to your summer reading list.Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy.
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  • Hbarudin
    January 1, 1970
    I am a slow reader who's easily distracted, and I couldn't put this book down. The fully-imagined, complex characters lead lives in a world that's both definitely grounded in reality, but with an entertaining emphasis on this very specific way of life that's just crazy enough to be true. The story is entertaining, affirming, and redeeming in all the best possible ways. Great, great, great. HIGHLY recommend.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.4.5 stars rounded down to 4 due to Goodreads lack of a 1/2 rating capability. This book was a really good light, easy read. It was entirely brain candy and that is not a bad thing. It was exactly what was needed. In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.4.5 stars rounded down to 4 due to Goodreads lack of a 1/2 rating capability. This book was a really good light, easy read. It was entirely brain candy and that is not a bad thing. It was exactly what was needed. I even surprised myself and didn’t hate the characters. I usually loathe characters in books like this but these ladies while not the brightest, and extremely flawed were still likable. That is except the character Amara, she grated on my nerves but I still somewhat got her motivations. Oh well, like I said brain candy therefore easy to move on and ignore it. I have a feeling this book is going to be a huge hit in some reading circles. At least I hope so. 4* (4.5*)/ 4.31*
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Motherhood, over privileged newborns, social media influencers.. it's all here.You know the labels, the way women are viewed, and held to a higher standard of perfection? It's about time we acknowledge it all..As women, we are constantly down on ourselves and afraid to seek what we need for fear of being told,"No" or worse that we are selfish and undeserving of such accolades. Powerful women are something to be feared not celebrated in the current culture.I love the characters in this one as Motherhood, over privileged newborns, social media influencers.. it's all here.You know the labels, the way women are viewed, and held to a higher standard of perfection? It's about time we acknowledge it all..As women, we are constantly down on ourselves and afraid to seek what we need for fear of being told,"No" or worse that we are selfish and undeserving of such accolades. Powerful women are something to be feared not celebrated in the current culture.I love the characters in this one as much as the setting with a plot that thickens with each rotating frame of involvement.What can come from a group of vulnerable women who decide enough is enough and join forces?Power in number ladies...Power in number...Beautiful!Thank you to Laura and Berkley Publishers for this gifted copy that was a top selection on my TBR list.I hope this finds you well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.Please don't forget to leave a review.
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  • Jessica Strawser
    January 1, 1970
    I thought I might be reaching my saturation point for witty takes on privileged playgroups and Instagram moms -- but this novel was a pleasant surprise. Observant, entertaining, and delightfully unpredictable, with characters I came to like (or like to hate) and an ending that was satisfying without tying everything up in too neat of a bow. A quick and mischievous read -- I'll be looking for more from this author!
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    A razor-sharp dissection of the perils of upper-income motherhood.
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of overprivileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets... After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for wealthy infants on New York's Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from a juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy. There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her flawless life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the stylish women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix. Filled with humour and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood – exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women – while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.This book screams BOOK CLUB as they are usually full of mums and judge-y opinions on parenting and motherhood. The book is also hilarious - anyone who has in their burb the words "no amount of activated charcoal can fix" is right up my alley ... I spend a good half hour this morning cleaning up a spilt jar of charcoal toothpaste powder. (No problem finding the guilty party as his paws were black and all over the place - he batted my face this morning so I woke up paw-printed!)The book is so well written and the plot is so enticing that I lapped it up in one super-speed-reading swoop. The characters are so wonderfully hate-able --- social media, to me, is how I keep in touch with my friends who live far away or those who live locally for their kid's photos. My Instagram is almost 100$ trip-planning related or to follow professional photographers so my profiles are really boring. I cannot imagine WANTING OR TRYING TO BE a social media star - I make fun of them all the time: see the paragraph below for that example to be pounded in. (And the fact that Clare's former girl group co-singers are undoubtedly InstaSHAM/social media stars makes it even more delicious!)As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 👶👶👶👶👶
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  • Phyllis Krall
    January 1, 1970
    Motherhood Is explored amongst the wealthy mothers and their infants, who live a glamorous life on Park Avenue in New York City. The personal issues that new mothers have are revealed in this page turner.Claire is a musician who has just lost her job with a band. She becomes a singer for a playgroup of wealthy babies and befriends their mothers. Nothing is at all what it seems to be. Secrets are revealed that are shocking, and Claire finds herself immersed in their lives and becomes part of Motherhood Is explored amongst the wealthy mothers and their infants, who live a glamorous life on Park Avenue in New York City. The personal issues that new mothers have are revealed in this page turner.Claire is a musician who has just lost her job with a band. She becomes a singer for a playgroup of wealthy babies and befriends their mothers. Nothing is at all what it seems to be. Secrets are revealed that are shocking, and Claire finds herself immersed in their lives and becomes part of their betrayals. I enjoyed reading this ARC that I received from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. The book is filled with twists that I never saw coming and introduced me to a world that I never knew existed.I actually found myself feeling sorry for some of the mothers who had such conflicting feelings about motherhood. Highly recommended!
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  • Lovell Holder
    January 1, 1970
    I had the immense pleasure of reading an early copy of this delicious novel, and I was thoroughly engrossed by the intricate, funny, and frequently poignant web that Laura Hankin weaves. Equal parts "Big Little Lies" and "Gossip Girl" (if one were to check in on Blair and Serena a few years into raising toddlers), "Happy & You Know It" resonates with a profound sense of irony and a remarkable amount of compassion for its characters, providing a knowing window into a collection of New York I had the immense pleasure of reading an early copy of this delicious novel, and I was thoroughly engrossed by the intricate, funny, and frequently poignant web that Laura Hankin weaves. Equal parts "Big Little Lies" and "Gossip Girl" (if one were to check in on Blair and Serena a few years into raising toddlers), "Happy & You Know It" resonates with a profound sense of irony and a remarkable amount of compassion for its characters, providing a knowing window into a collection of New York women who find themselves striving not only for community but to resurrect a deeper sense of the people they were before they had children. Astutely viewed first through the lens of their children's intrepid music teacher, these Upper East Side moms quickly become familiar, endearing, and - ultimately - genuinely surprising, as they eventually uncover the secrets that are churning within their group. Humorously investigating questions of how to navigate friendships that are formed by chance due to one singular shared trait (the age of one's children) and how to reconcile one's expectations and dreams with one's reality as life marches on, Laura Hankin's novel made me happy, I knew it, and I even went so far as to clap my hands.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This book is one of those unexpected surprise reads that I ended up enjoying.I started the book and was kind of iffy. These women were a little annoying. I couldnt relate to most of them. I gave it a chance and kept going. I am SO glad that I did! While some of the characters were annoying to start, I had changed my mind about most of them by the end. There are twists and turns I didnt see coming. That is what made this book enjoyable for me. I love when I dont see how a book is going to end! This book is one of those unexpected surprise reads that I ended up enjoying.I started the book and was kind of iffy. These women were a little annoying. I couldn’t relate to most of them. I gave it a chance and kept going. I am SO glad that I did! While some of the characters were annoying to start, I had changed my mind about most of them by the end. There are twists and turns I didn’t see coming. That is what made this book enjoyable for me. I love when I don’t see how a book is going to end! The author had a plan and I am glad I stuck it out! Secrets, lies, and deceit make for a pretty good read. I am open to reading more from this author and look forward to seeing what she releases next. I give this 4 stars.
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  • Sash Bischoff
    January 1, 1970
    Laura Hankin has done it! This book is sinfully delicious - grab a bottle of wine and a pint of your favorite ice cream and start reading now! Sharp, sexy, devilishly fun, and a delightful escape - you won't be able to put it down!
  • Harrison Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I **loved** this book fun, propulsive, sexy, with nice social commentary folded in. The voice has a fabulous snap and confidence... lots of sharp jabs and funny moments in a story that is full of satisfying twists. Highly recommended!! 👏👏👏👏 I **loved** this book — fun, propulsive, sexy, with nice social commentary folded in. The voice has a fabulous snap and confidence... lots of sharp jabs and funny moments in a story that is full of satisfying twists. Highly recommended!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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  • Ashley Moellinger
    January 1, 1970
    FIRST BOOK REVIEW! 5/5The book opens with a flash forward to a group of women running down E 94th St in NYC as they run after a woman covered in vomit, dressed in a mink coat, and pushing an empty stroller...and by the time the book catches up to this moment, this scene makes complete sense. 😂I thoroughly enjoyed Happy and You Know It by @laurahankin (swipe for back cover synopsis). I received an advance reading copy at the Book Fair for Grownups hosted by @penguinrandomhouse - thank you, FIRST BOOK REVIEW! 5/5The book opens with a flash forward to a group of women running down E 94th St in NYC as they run after a woman covered in vomit, dressed in a mink coat, and pushing an empty stroller...and by the time the book catches up to this moment, this scene makes complete sense. 😂•I thoroughly enjoyed Happy and You Know It by @laurahankin (swipe for back cover synopsis). I received an advance reading copy at the Book Fair for Grownups hosted by @penguinrandomhouse - thank you, @berkleypub! After meeting Laura, I expected this book to be as funny and bubbly as her, and while it was certainly funny, the humor ended up having a much darker and almost sardonic tone, which pleasantly surprised me.•The story is told in third person, but each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the four main characters. I personally love this style of writing when it is done well, and @laurahankin did a great job of creating a different voice for each of the different characters’ chapters. I quickly became invested in the stories of Claire (the playgroup musician) and Whitney, Amara, and Gwen (the rich playgroup mommies), and Laura did a great job of weaving their backstories into the book as well. Even the secondary characters of Meredith, Ellie, and especially Vicki were always giving me a chuckle.•All in all, I highly recommend that everyone add this to their #tbr piles for 2020. It will make you laugh out loud in some places, cringe for the characters in others, and gasp in shock at some of the unexpected twists! Fans of @laurenweisberger who enjoy getting a fictional glimpse at the lives of the wealthy women of NYC will definitely enjoy this book. If anyone else has already read this, I would love to chat about it!•If I could ask the author one question, it would be “How did you have so much knowledge of motherhood and the wealthy women of the UES? The book felt like it was written by someone with firsthand experience of these things!”
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  • Critter
    January 1, 1970
    After Claire finds herself kicked out of her band and replaced by a singer who is better and prettier than she is, she accepts a job singing to upper class infants. Much to her own surprise, she finds herself befriending the women who run the playgroup. But as she is starting to form bonds with these women, she discovers a secret that could ruin the playgroup and destroy the lives the women have carefully constructed.This book ensnared me from the beginning. It was so much fun to read and was After Claire finds herself kicked out of her band and replaced by a singer who is better and prettier than she is, she accepts a job singing to upper class infants. Much to her own surprise, she finds herself befriending the women who run the playgroup. But as she is starting to form bonds with these women, she discovers a secret that could ruin the playgroup and destroy the lives the women have carefully constructed.This book ensnared me from the beginning. It was so much fun to read and was very funny. It was also full of important topics over social media and motherhood without becoming too deep. The characters were all very well written and had lots of depth to them. Amara was a great and interesting character that I loved getting to know. The character development was phenomenal, especially surrounding Amara and Claire. I loved the entirety of this book and there never felt like there was a dull moment. The plot was perfectly woven. The story became more intense as each secret unraveled. There were so many crazy plot twists that kept me thoroughly engrossed in this novel. I loved this fast-paced book with all of its commentary, humor, and unexpected twists. I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.My first take on this book was thinking that it was going to take a different direction but this book did a complete 180 that surprised me in the best possible way. Happy and You Know It reflects on the life of Claire, a former musician and band member turned playgroup musician befriending a group of wealthy, fitness junky mothers. This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.My first take on this book was thinking that it was going to take a different direction but this book did a complete 180 that surprised me in the best possible way. Happy and You Know It reflects on the life of Claire, a former musician and band member turned playgroup musician befriending a group of wealthy, fitness junky mothers. They all embrace her and accept her especially when they offer to take care Claire's bills. Claire thinks that this is too good to be true until one day she uncovers secrets of betrayal that really makes Claire question her life choices and will her group of friends really appreciate her for who she is not for who she was. This was an entertaining read that will tickle your funny bone and tug on your heartstrings.We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Sharen
    January 1, 1970
    A dark, witty page-turner, indeed! It doesn't matter if you have kids or not...you are going to want to put this one on your list (coming out May 19, 2020). If you are a mom, you may recognize the different categories of moms (know-it-all; earthy/all natural; sarcastic but down-to-earth; social media obsessed, workout/beauty obsessed etc.). This book was at times humorous, and fill with lots of twists, turns, drama and secrets. It all started with a rich, mommy playgroup that hired a single, A dark, witty page-turner, indeed! It doesn't matter if you have kids or not...you are going to want to put this one on your list (coming out May 19, 2020). If you are a mom, you may recognize the different categories of moms (know-it-all; earthy/all natural; sarcastic but down-to-earth; social media obsessed, workout/beauty obsessed etc.). This book was at times humorous, and fill with lots of twists, turns, drama and secrets. It all started with a rich, mommy playgroup that hired a single, struggling musician and ends with quite a lot. I didn't want to put it down and really enjoyed this advanced copy. Thank you, Penguin Random House!
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  • Cathi - LovesBooksMore
    January 1, 1970
    Elite Mommy Playgroup of NYC ... This was my life for 10 years when my girls were little- well minus the dripping diamonds, penthouses, social media sensations and tiny waistlines! Six woman gather twice weekly with their babies for playground and friend therapy, so why not have live musical entertainment? Despite their ridiculous wealth and gorgeous families, these woman have similar experiences, relationships and emotional roller coasters of lives of a new mom. They are willing to try anything Elite Mommy Playgroup of NYC ... This was my life for 10 years when my girls were little- well minus the dripping diamonds, penthouses, social media sensations and tiny waistlines! Six woman gather twice weekly with their babies for playground and friend therapy, so why not have live musical entertainment? Despite their ridiculous wealth and gorgeous families, these woman have similar experiences, relationships and emotional roller coasters of lives of a new mom. They are willing to try anything ... The woman were surprisingly relatable, entertaining and threw in some very unexpected twists. A great read for moms everywhere.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.I'm afraid this book just wasn't for me. I kept putting it aside so often, I heavily considered not finishing it a few times. Even going so far as to stepping away from it for a week before dragging myself back to it, telling myself it wasn't fair to not give it a chance.My biggest problem was Amara, she's a total self-righteous narcissist. One, the US is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. It baffles me how many people don't know this I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.I'm afraid this book just wasn't for me. I kept putting it aside so often, I heavily considered not finishing it a few times. Even going so far as to stepping away from it for a week before dragging myself back to it, telling myself it wasn't fair to not give it a chance.My biggest problem was Amara, she's a total self-righteous narcissist. One, the US is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. It baffles me how many people don't know this bit of first grade civics. Two, if anyone remotely proved her wrong she turned into a total monster, she would twist it and turn it around on them (either accusing them or something or revealing a secret), which is a classic sign of a narcissist. She never once accepted she was wrong with any grace and never improved herself with research. She just stamped her feet insulted everyone and proclaimed they were all wrong and she was right. No wonder she didn't get a promotion at work she's a total petty witch.Three, her cussing in every other sentence was obnoxious and completely uncalled for. She cursed at everyone, from simple moms on the street to a guy in a bar for bumping into her. Her sentence were sprinkled with swear words that were totally out of context and uncalled for (I have a sailor's mouth too, but there's a time and a place).She was an obnoxious witch from beginning to end, I had no sympathy and felt no connect to her at all. In fact, couldn't stand reading her portions of the book but I was hoping she would have some character development. Boy, was that a wasted hope.The second issue I had was the plot, it took literally 50% of the book to start. The rest of the book consisted petty drama and every trope in the book, from affairs, to the gold digger hating her parents forever just for embarrassing her once, to the under privileged girl being the one that figured it all out and glued them back together. I really would rather have had the plot come to a head sooner and focus on the ending, how they were adjusting after the bombshell that was dropped. Instead all of that was summarized into neat tiny paragraphs at the very end.In other words, this book had no substance. There were six mother's (seven, if you added Claire) and the book forced Amara, Claire, and Whitney down your throat. Ignoring characters that actually seemed interesting (Vicki), or normal (Ellie and Meredith). I was ready to rate this one star and be done with it, but the ending was actually pretty good. I wish the author hadn't shoved it into the last 20 pages and had applied that same skill throughout the rest of the book.
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  • Jena Henry
    January 1, 1970
    Clap your hands for this book! And I hope to surely show you how much I enjoyed this novel.I savored every page because each one is filled with heart and understanding. Yes, there are plenty of closeups of our current times, and snapshots of what its like to be mother of a baby when you were used to being an independent woman. In an Instagram world, are we still real?We meet a playgroup of Mom and their babies, the lifestyles of the rich in New York City. We also get know Claire, a young Clap your hands for this book! And I hope to surely show you how much I enjoyed this novel.I savored every page because each one is filled with heart and understanding. Yes, there are plenty of closeups of our current times, and snapshots of what it’s like to be mother of a baby when you were used to being an independent woman. In an Instagram world, are we still real?We meet a playgroup of Mom and their babies, the lifestyles of the rich in New York City. We also get know Claire, a young musician who entertains the playgroup. Their worlds aren’t as disparate as they first believe. Each Mom in the playgroup is a well-developed character, as is Claire. At the beginning of the story, we are part of a wild scene which is not resolved until the end. Even though we know that there is some kind of problem, there are more twists and turns in this tale than a Chutes and Ladders game, as the wheels on the bus come off.Engaging, insightful, fun exciting- I highly recommend this book. And I’m also glad that my kids are adults and fine! Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    Funnily enough, I was about to rate this book a 3...which slowly turned into a 4...until the mother (no pun intended) of all surprises hit and I realized this novel is a full-on 5!!!Leave it to a witty book about socialite mommies in NYC to deliver the ultimate twist better than some thrillers I've read- I mean really!At first, I was miffed by the amount of infidelity in this book because that's reeeealllly not my jam. Why can't people just be faithful and honest? I was also caught off guard by Funnily enough, I was about to rate this book a 3...which slowly turned into a 4...until the mother (no pun intended) of all surprises hit and I realized this novel is a full-on 5!!!Leave it to a witty book about socialite mommies in NYC to deliver the ultimate twist better than some thrillers I've read- I mean really!At first, I was miffed by the amount of infidelity in this book because that's reeeealllly not my jam. Why can't people just be faithful and honest? I was also caught off guard by some of the steam in a novel that is not at all marketed to be steamy or flush with sex scenes. Those are even more not my jam...usually. BUT...the twist, the realness, and the humor made up for the things I disliked and I am excited for my fellow bookworms to read this when it comes out.I'm grateful to Berkley Pub and Goodreads for the advanced copy! This book comes out in May 2020 and if you're looking for a light-hearted, fun read, you definitely need to be picking it up!
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 4+ starsAspiring singer/songwriter Claire is down in the dumps after getting kicked out of her band right before they hit it big. She becomes the musician for a group of very wealthy NYC women and their babies and gets very involved with the mothers.I really enjoyed Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin. While some parts of the characters followed the cliche of wealthy stay at home mothers, there Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 4+ starsAspiring singer/songwriter Claire is down in the dumps after getting kicked out of her band right before they hit it big. She becomes the musician for a group of very wealthy NYC women and their babies and gets very involved with the mothers.I really enjoyed Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin. While some parts of the characters followed the cliche of wealthy stay at home mothers, there was a lot more to several of the women. This book is a reminder that there is a big difference between the shiny perfect glimpse of life on social media and real life.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 starsA young singer is booted out of a rock band right before they get their big break becoming the newest find of the musical world. Dejected she becomes a singer for hire for well off mommies and their precious babies. The mom's group embraces Claire and she starts to wonder how they keep looking so good and have so much energy for new moms. Secrets begin to come out, the group begins to unravel and with it, Claire and then the mommies get ugly. Perfect for new moms who are feeling less 3 1/2 starsA young singer is booted out of a rock band right before they get their big break becoming the newest find of the musical world. Dejected she becomes a singer for hire for well off mommies and their precious babies. The mom's group embraces Claire and she starts to wonder how they keep looking so good and have so much energy for new moms. Secrets begin to come out, the group begins to unravel and with it, Claire and then the mommies get ugly. Perfect for new moms who are feeling less than perfect and fans of all those mean girls getting their due. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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