Four Of A Kind
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed the characters and witty dialogue in this book. I love books where I want to be a part of the chara ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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.
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. ...more