Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Momzillas by Jill Kargman

Jill Kargman
Harper Perennial Original

GENRES are strange, appearing, becoming a craze and then disappearing. Momzillas is a genre chicklit novel about wealthy New York mothers - very like the bestselling The Manny.

Here we have Hannah Allen, a thirtysomething married girl with an adorable two-year-old and a cute husband, happy in California.

But oh no - husband Josh is a native New Yorker and his mama wants him home, so the whole family is uprooted, and Hannah must learn how to be a rich girl.

Cue nasty new friends, a mother-in-law who'd much sooner Josh married her own younger clone, the well-named Bee.

Hannah must learn how to compete, and how to spend, spend, spend.

It's mindless fun, with a story that keeps twisting and some funny lines: "It was as if the two most disgusting dresses got married and she was wearing their baby..."

Readers might long for a little more grit, but for sheer distraction, Momzillas will hit the spot like a well-mixed Manhattan.

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