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Four Of A Kind

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  1,459 ratings  ·  172 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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“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
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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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

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.
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
Loved this book! Very enjoyable and incredibly fun for Texas Hold'em poker fans!
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Beth Graceffa
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!
Melinda Pollard
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
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..
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
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
"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
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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
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.
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.
I was looking forward to reading this book. I loved the cover of the four teacups. I love books about friends and the way they connect to each other. The concept of the book was great. I am not a prude but was uncomfortable with the talk about their sex lives. I liked the way that the friendships made them all stronger women.
Four unlikely friends -- a cheerleader blonde, mousy brunette, a redhead, and an African-American -- are thrown together to be the Diversity Committee for their children's school. They bond over Poker and the stakes are secrets.

Not my typical book choice, but was an okay beach read.
Quite a fun book. 4 very different women create a diversity group hoping to help their children's school. instead, they learn poker and become wonderful friends. Some content is risque. But the story is well written, clever and very enjoyable.
I really loved this book. This was a read that was at times funny and other times serious. Bess, Robin, Carla and Alicia were all such endearing women, and I particularly enjoyed the way the book ended on a high note.
Debbie Levine
Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel was an excellent novel about friendship. Bess, Carla, Alicia and Robin are all parents of fourth graders at a private school in Brooklyn. Bess, head of the Parents Association decides to for a "Diversity Committee" and handpicks the remaining members; Carla, the african american pediatrician, Robin the single mom, Alicia who is struggling with a failing marriage and Bess herself, a perky blond with the model husband, perfect marriage and perfect family.

Over poke
.....first book by this author and I loved it...the women come together to do commitee work for their childrens private school, and start playing poker...its an easy read, from view of all 4 diverse women...
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She's written twenty books (e.g., The Accidental Virgin and The Girlfriend Curse), and contributed to dozens of publications including the New York Times, Self, Allure, Glamour, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. Her memoir, Thin Is the New Happy, about overcoming bad body image after 30 years of dieting and self-loathing, was recently described as "Rueful, zestful and surprisingly funny," by the Ne ...more
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