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2.54  ·  Rating Details ·  280 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
"Adams is that rare writer who sends out every laugh with a sting in its tail. Most novels fade from the memory. This one sticks."—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Inside their picture-perfect homes, the residents of this quiet California suburb are not at all what they seem.

Lance is a former weatherman, now a buff yogi, stay-athome dad, and manager of his daughter's Girl Scou
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Nov 28, 2010 Tonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
I have mixed feelings on this book. I enjoyed the message which basically is it doesn't matter who raises the kids, all the jobs are important but they go hand in hand. It isn't just the moms who are important it is the dads too. This life is one big puzzle and we need all the pieces.

However the affairs and the way the kids were just pushed through the book really didn't catch my fancy too much. Maybe this book is just too modern for me. I didn't think I would get through it, I made it halfway
Crystal Wachoski
Hello. I hated these characters. Don't people feel guilty about cheating anymore? Lance didn't seem to feel much guilt at all. What if Wren was having his baby? He didn't seem to care to investigate.

The characters in this book were not likable except for the children.

I was disappointed that no one got caught. Everything just ended perfectly on a perfect day......barf.

I'm using the book for book club. I'm sure it will be a good discussion, but I would had chucked it across the room if it wasn'
Jan 19, 2011 Dianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Playdate by Thelma Adams

Meet Lance and Darlene Ramsay and . A middle class, suburban California couple with a ten year old (going on 40) daughter. The Ramsay family has recently moved from the desert town of Barstow to a lovely middle class neighborhood. Lance has left the business of being a weatherman to become a house husband and Darlene is on the verge of opening her first restaurant in what she hope becomes a chain that will give Ihop a run for it’s money. Lance is, although he will not ad
Lance is a former weatherman turned house-husband. His wife, Darlene, is busy opening up the first in what could be a chain of new restaurants targeted at working mothers.

The two have one child, sixth grader Belle. They're considering having more and while Lance is excited, Darlene may not be as enthusiastic. She's so driven by her job and starting up her business that she is slowly becoming disconnected from Lance and Belle. Meanwhile, Lance is connecting with other women in his life, included
May 17, 2013 Sierra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel basically takes Tom Perrota's "Little Children" and fashions the same storyline into something more blatantly obvious and cliche. The message was often spelled out across the page and the major conflict of care-giving fathers seemed overly dramatized.

I didn't hate this book, but I often found myself cringing at parts of it-- not just at the morality play philosophizing of it but also some of the descriptive writing was cloying and garish. Now, I am a huge fan of ornate detail, give m
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It’s billed as a “satirical romp” and I love a good satirical romp. However, about three paragraphs in I discovered the little (teensy tiny) beachside town the author is skewering is my own! Yikes!

Still, I loved this. It absolutely pokes fun but has a surprising amount of heart. I love, love, loved tweener Belle and the relationship she has with her father. Maybe, as a mother of two daughters who are very close to their dad, this is more keenl
+ Dragonfly+
Feb 26, 2011 + Dragonfly+ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks First Reads for the win! Things are not what you may think with these couples and their familes. Liked the book and the book jacket crackes me up. Happy I was able to read this book.
Paula Bomer
Apr 20, 2011 Paula Bomer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much FUN and also gritty and real. Great read. Funny, contemplating real issues- really well paced.
Malinda Lawrence
"Wren eyed him, aware that silence was her greatest weapon. He was defenseless without her reaction; he had no traction. He was still a big, boisterous, handsome man with a full head of sandy brown, slicked back, Kennedy-scion hair - she could see that. She could. She could see it in how other women reacted to him...[h]ow he attracted them. But she also saw his face ruddy with drink, the way laugh lines crisscrossed anger lines and his right eyebrow arched in amused mistrust of anyone's intellig ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Thelma Adams is a very witty writer and the story rings too true.A very enjoyable read.
Elizabeth (Betsy)
Light and fluffy. Would have been a good beach read if it had been summertime.
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Julie F.
Mar 09, 2011 Julie F. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a first-reads on GoodReads. Thanks GoodReads and Thelma Adams. This book was kind of ho-hum to me. I think that it was meant to be a quick, light read and I guess it qualifies for that. The description contains reviews saying how humorous and funny this story is. Frankly, I didn't find it to be that entertaining. I tried to like or connect with the characters, but they seemed very stilted and plastic-like. (Much like the Barbies on the cover art. In fact, the cover was the funniest ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I had a lot of problems with this one. Some of it is okay; it's very light and quick, basically Little Children without pedophiles. I liked the tween character Belle and would have liked to hear a lot more from her. There are some little things that bothered me about the writing, and it's a little disconcerting how casually people have affairs in this world; several characters just grab a married person's crotch as their opening

Anyway, it was all ok enough until the last few chapt
Playdate by Thelma Adams, who lives in upstate New York and is the film critic for US Weekly magazine, tells the story of Lance, Darlene and their ten-year-old daughter Belle. They have just moved to Encinitas from Barstow because Darlene is opening a restaurant with a new partner, Alex, who lives in their new neighborhood.

Lance gave up his job as a TV weatherman in Barstow, and now he takes care of Belle and runs their new household. Darlene is spending a great deal of time with the demanding A
Jul 06, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
Lance is a former weatherman turned stay at home dad. While his wife Darlene, the one with ambition works to start her new business a diner, which she and business partner Alec hope will turn into a franchise. Alec lives down the street and can't see past branding, even his own family it seems. Wren his wife at home is trying to live up to his branding, while dealing with there doesn't know/care where the boundaries are and will cross them nanny and her two boys.
Lance, Darlene, and Bella (their
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Forthright, funny in places, and at times frightening both emotionally and physically, Playdate is a subtly disquieting domestic drama that lures the reader into Encinitas on the Pacific coast where life has a materialist, status symbols culture and monogamy is not a prized concept. The Ramseys, Lance, Darlene, and Belle, newcomers from Barstow, are awash with new experiences in this upscale community.

Darlene, in her element in Encinitas, gives little thought to how her husband and daughter are
Jun 07, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thelma Adams

What happens when you and your husband are in an intimate position and your sixth grade daughter walks into the room? Even better what happens when she lashes out at her mother because she thinks she is strangling her father? What happens when one little girl is totally resentful of having to move from her home leaving all of her friends and having to go to a new school? Belle hates where she lives and no matter how hard she tries and how many bribes her mother puts in front
Jul 25, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would really like this book...but I didn't. I appreciate a "warts and all--We don't really even understand or like each other" depiction of a marriage or two, but this was just depressing. There was more partner swapping and romantic entanglements involving anyone but a spouse than a 70s key party. The casual way they all went about their infidelity just didn't ring true to me. Nobody worried about being caught or even using protection. There was even a saucy nanny in the mix. Gah.

May 02, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Once you get past the cheesy cover and title, this is a good book. I received this first reads book with a book that I hated from the same publisher. I decided to give it a chance since I needed some mindless fluff. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out the authors direct writing about characters with emotional depth. At times I wanted the characters to get fleshed out but by the end all was made clear and satisfactory.

Thelma Adams developed great characters and an interesting story ce
Mom Taxi Julie
Mar 09, 2014 Mom Taxi Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the dumbest and most boring book I've listened to or read in quite awhile.

The story is about Lance, loser stay at home dad who is cheating on his wife that he "loves", his wife Darlene, who is a go-getter but not that great at being a mom (or wife), Wren the yoga loving gal that Lance is banging, her husband I think his name was Alex who is a total douche bag that's working with Darlene and the kids and babysitter.

That's about what the whole book is about. It's so shallow and it
Dec 07, 2014 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I listened to this book. When listening to an audio book, the reader is a huge part of the enjoyment. I know the reader of this book has won some awards for her work. But I think she is too mellow. I almost fell asleep driving to work on day. This book is about two families and the relationship between the married couples and between the couples. Wren is married to Alec and Darlene is married to Lance. Alec and Darlene are opening a restaurant together and Lance and Wren are having an affair. Th ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads and really enjoyed reading it. It was a sometimes funny read that dealt with the subject of being a stay-at-home parent. Being a stay-at-home parent myself I liked how the book showed that it is an important, rewarding job. I enjoyed reading about the main character Lance, a weather man turned stay-at-home dad. He was not perfect, but tried very hard to be a good dad to his daughter. The best scenes for me in the book were the times he was talking with his daughter ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream
Ms. Adams has written a current tale of what is the right way or wrong way of raising your child. Should a stay-at-home dad be drilled by the questions."So, what do you do?" "So, your wife is the bread winner in the family, huh?" What is important to Lance (dad) is to give Belle (daughter) the love & attention an eleven year old needs. While Darlene (mom) is more concerned about the success of her new diner/business & her power hungry partner Alec. This debut novel brings up everyday con ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THis was almost, but not quite, a total waste of time. Unhappily married couples, a precocious 11 year old, the launch of a new franchise, a stay at home, wonderful father who is involved with the wife next door, the wife who just happens to be married to the business mogul trying to promote the franchise for the 1st guy's wife, and ends up involved with her, though only very superficially..... kids, all knowing nanny, santa ana winds, fires, betrayals...nothing very deep or meaningful. blah, bl ...more
Joel Burgess
A fine first effort from this author, but it wasn't the page turner that I was expecting. Overall, the story is good, but I found it hard for me to completely jump into these characters. Also, one of the few problems that is going on with it is that there seems to be almost too much going on and that can lose the reader. But, it is a good book, but I would expect more from the author in her next work. I do recommend it, but not highly, so if you not reading anything else, this would be a stop ga ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Cara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did finish this book (mostly out of boredom rather than interest) but it leaves me wondering. Is everyone cheating on their spouse in some form or another? I know I'm not, but the casualness of the characters in this book towards their spouses made me sick. I can understand the peaks and valleys of relationships, but come on. Don't go seeking out comfort somewhere else and especially not neighbors and business partners.

These characters were pretty unsympathetic, and by the end, I wanted to ye
Feb 15, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-library
I won this from Goodreads, and I thought it would be something like Little Children, minus the pedophile. Unfortunately, thought it was a light read that passed the time, none of the characters had any depth to them. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them, even the little girl, whose personality was a little too grown-up for her age. I found it unlikely that Lance was so attractive that apparently everyone was flinging themselves at him, even the babysitter.
A light read about marriage, family and gender roles. A family of three struggles to adjust to moving to Encinitas, CA with an on-coming wild fire as a backdrop. The wife is now working long hours with her business partner, their next-door neighbor, in an effort to open her own chain of diners. Her husband Lance cannot find work and so is now the house-husband who takes care of their 10-year old daughter who is finding her new school hostile.
lilly bear ♡
Thank you for the win, goodreads! This is yet another one of those books that I probably never would have picked up of my own volition, but true to my New Year's Book Resolutions (spend less money on books, go to the library more often, and read farther outside of my comfort zone genres), I am happy to give this book a shot. The cover is cute and playful, and I do hope the story is, as well. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one!
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Novelist Thelma Adams (The Last Woman Standing, Playdate) has interviewed Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Diane Keaton for the New York Observer, twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle, covered film festivals from Berlin to Marrakech and the Awards circuit for Yahoo Movies.
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