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Four Of A Kind

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,623 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews

Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intima

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Published (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 02, 2012 Jocelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I sat down to write this review in the same manner I write every review. I wanted to diplomatically describe the details of the book (something you can easily find on Amazon or Goodreads and therefore do not need me to repeat here). I was then going to give my impression of the book, where the author excelled, what was interesting about the plot, describe the challenges the four main characters faced in their
Feb 13, 2012 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Valerie Frankel's last book Four of a Kind, is another great book carrying all of her wit and "girly" insight. Most women are familiar with her way of exposing a woman's fear, struggles and insecurities. This book is no exception except it also includes their strengths developed through friendships and the importance of those friends. Another title for the book might have been Friends. This is not a surface friendship. This is the relationship that the woman needs with other women, like Monday n ...more
Maureen Ann
Apr 10, 2012 Maureen Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It is the story of four women who all have children attending the same expensive private school. At the beginning of the school year, Bess invites the other three women to become part of the school's "Diversity Committee" and attend a meeting at her house. Bess is a perky blonde housewife of a very successful, driven husband. Carla is a black physician who lives with her husband and sons and is extremely straightlaced and strict with her kids and her own personal behavior. Rob ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the cover of this book - I like the shade of blue and the painting on the tea cups. However, nowhere in this book does anyone drink tea. It's more of a boozing it up, poker-playing book, so I think the cover is misleading. I liked the characters and thought the plot was interesting, but there was a rawness to the language that I found a little off-putting. Usually, that kind of thing doesn't bother me at all, but it just seemed a little incongruous with a tale of four women's lives.
Shannon Bradley
Mar 05, 2012 Shannon Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this because I had just finished a heavy book and I was stressed out and wanted something light. What a surprise. While this was funny and entertaining it was also deep in its own way and touched a lot of sensitive subjects for me. As always, Valerie Frankel brings truly likable and lovable characters that you grow to care about and be interested in. I was sad when the book came to an end.
Feb 19, 2012 Nawnee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nawnee by: Goodreads
Shelves: freebie-books
I won this book from Goodreads, having never read anything by this author I'm very glad that I won.
Valerie Frankel's writing style lays her characters bare for the world to see flaws and all. These four women not only share their weakness's with us, but also their inner strengths that have developed through their friendships and the importance of those friends. This is not a surface friendship. This is a bonded relationship that is just what these women needed.
This book reveals those inner thou
Mar 30, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed Four of A Kind. The author could not have created a group of more different women. They say opposites attract and that could not be more obvious with these women. I really enjoyed how much the women gained from each other. Whether it be the strength for Carla to stand up to her husband, or Bess to stand up to her mother, each of the women grow as women because of the strength of their friends. As their relationships with each other grew, s
This is a classic example of why you should never judge a book by the cover, which in this case features four lovely teacups. There is no tea anywhere in the book. It would have been a much better book if the women had tried drinking tea now and then. At least it couldn't have been worse.

This is the story of four women from four different walks of life who bound together over games of poker, during which they bet intimate details of their lives instead of money. I have absolutely no interest in
Alyce E
Was it "good"? No. Did I read it voraciously? Yes.
May 07, 2012 Karin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this because I like playing poker. But I found that I didn't really like any of the characters in the book. I also found it annoying that all the "poker" terms were in quotes and explained to death, as well as being explained with non-humorous asides in the glossary at the end. Also, the description of Omaha at the end omits an important fact that often trips up new players: the player must use EXACTLY two cards from their hand. So if there's a heart flush on the board but ...more
Kelly McCloskey-Romero
I love Frankel's choice of topic here: women from different walks of life who become unlikely friends. In the end,their differences make them closer.

I want that to be true in the world, but with the important exception of my husband, most of my loved ones are a lot like me. What makes a good friendship - being able to identify with the person, or loving them even when you don't?

Frankel's writing is smart and funny, and I really cared about these characters. I appreciated her take on typical str
Feb 06, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Four of a kind is a Boone about four women who lead very different lives but have one thing in common, their children All attend a prestigious Brooklyn Heights private school. The women come together to plan diversity events but find themselves playing poker and revealing secrets that don't even admit to themselves. By the end of the book each of the women's lives change in dramatic ways.

I enjoyed the characters and witty dialogue in this book. I love books where I want to be a part of the chara
Jun 03, 2016 Danni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction, 2016
1. I thought this cover was adorable.
2. I liked the premise of this — private school mothers playing poker not for money, but for SECRETS.
3. As I began reading, I found the characters very interesting and engaging. I cared deeply about all of them and had trouble putting this book down.
4. It's about adult women finding friendship, which I have personally struggled with. How do you just go up to someone and say, "Hey let's hang out. I think you're cool." It's hard to do!
5. It's also about the
Feb 04, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Very enjoyable and incredibly fun for Texas Hold'em poker fans!
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Beth Graceffa
Mar 05, 2012 Beth Graceffa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good story about four friends overcoming their own personal issues set to the backdrop of poker. It was a good beach read, sadly I wasn't at the beach!
Christine Calabrese
Cute...I could relate to the characters of this book...we all get stuck in ruts periodically.
Melinda Pollard
May 26, 2014 Melinda Pollard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book by Valerie Frankel- she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! This book is about 4 very different women that have kids that attend the same private school together. They start what is supposed to be a Diversity Committee but ends up being a card playing club where they meet up and talk about their ups and downs in their lives. It shows how women can be extremely different but real friends can bind together in hard times and support one another and also find out ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was classic chic lit...very fluffy... But that was exactly what I expected and what I was looking for, so I wasn't disappointed. I liked the premise of four seemingly different (other than kids at same school) bonding over committee meetings/poker night. I was genuinely interested in two of the women's stories...the pediatrician with dream of opening own practice and the mother/teenage daughter angst. The whole poker thing was way over done and quite frankly getting on my nerves by the end. ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Sweetdhee marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
sepertinya yummy..
Aug 22, 2012 Franc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what happens when you're a mom. Your kids are in school, you end up on the PTA/room parent committee/Diversity committee with a bunch of other moms. You try to be social while getting through the committee agenda and, if you are lucky, you actually like the other moms (b/c its rarely dads). Luckier, they become your friends.

In Four of A Kind, four moms from different corners of the school end up on the Diversity Committee together - three are White, one is Black; one is rich, the others
Sep 07, 2013 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I marked the book "finished" but I couldn't force myself to finish. I didn't get beyond Chapter 4. I wanted to like this book. It implied that it was about 4 women who found similarities that would bind them together as friends. I love books about strong women, strong friendships. I love books that depict women who support, encourage, listen to, and when necessary show a little "tough love" toward each other. Perhaps if I had read further the characters would have turned out to be those women.

At First Sight: Alicia doesn't know what to expect when she's asked to join the Diversity Committee of her son's prestigious private school in Brooklyn Heights; but she's soon thrown together with Bess, a rich, blond princess; Robin, an abrasive, jewish single mother and Carla, a religious african-american doctor.

No one, not even Bess - the Committee's instigator - is sure what they are supposed to be doing, so they find themselves playing cards and sharing secrets - in a game they call Brooklyn
Oct 11, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Poker, like life itself... ... Is a game of luck and skill, flying blind, flips, flops, unexpected twists and turns. Put on your poker faces. Here we go."

"Carla believed in God and aspired to live by his laws, but she didn't believe he bothered himself with the desires of individual people, or the entire human race. We are ants on a hill, she often thought. God had the universe to worry about."

"This was modern life. Too many people in a too-small space, moving at a crawl toward meaningless shor
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
When four unlikely women are put on a private school's parent diversity committee, each mother wonders what they have to offer. It isn't until the women start playing poker instead of creating meeting agendas that they start to reveal their true selves and discover that they might actually like each other. Each woman has their own issue to deal with - surly daughters, affairs, demanding families and overwhelming careers. The book follows each woman through their journeys, but the core of the boo ...more
I always like to read books that take place in my own neighborhood, and this one imagines a "Diversity Committee" at the school my own kids attended. In fact, I used to be on that committee, and we were a serious and thoughtful group who sure as hell didn't play poker during meetings, so actually the whole set-up of the book is mildly offensive. But we are in chick-lit territory here, with a breezy style and lots of female bonding, and it is pleasant enough.
Four of a kind by Valerie Frankel told a story about 4 very different women, all brought together by one thing they had in common. Their kids all attended the same school. The book starts out by each character meeting together for a "diversity committee" meeting. This meeting turns into a poker game, and slowly poker becomes their ritual. Although they all lead very different lives, they become dear and close friends over their many poker meetings. The book is broken into sections which have a t ...more
Jennifer Daniel
A super quick fun read. I loved how the women who seemed so different came together and found they were much more alike than different. They drew strength from each other to make much needed changes in their individual lives. Sarcastic Robin may have been my favorite, most like me, but I believe I would be friends with them as well. Not sure I would have figured out how to play poker but the conversation would be fabulous.
Feb 07, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book about four very different mothers who come together to create a Diversity Club for their children's private school PA. What it turns into are fun gatherings where these women share stories of love, angst, courage all while playing poker and enjoying cocktails. They develop unexpected friendships that will last the test of time. I would recommend this book to my friends and can't wait to read more from.this author.
Beth Carson
May 24, 2016 Beth Carson rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love

I have to admit, it took me a few chapters to get into this book. These women are not like any I'm friends with. But, the story was so good, with unexpected pops, that I finally enjoyed a perk of being self-employed and took the afternoon off and read.

The ending had enough surprises to make it worth the extra work I'll have to squeeze in later.
Jul 13, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book while I was at the library, and was ready for a fluffy read. It was a slow read at first, while it goes into the stories of the four ladies and their backgrounds, but once I got passed that, I found that I didn't want to put it down.

It had me laughing, thinking of my own relationships with friends I have, and forgetting at times that I was reading a book, as it had me all caught up in the stories of the women, that I found myself talking out loud during reading the book.
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