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Perfect Is Overrated: A Novel

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What the best cure for post-partum depression? After years of barely moving, Kate springs back to life when the mothers-youlove- to-hate in her daughter’s preschool begin to turn up dead. Murder as a cure for sadness? Sounds evil, but it’s not. In Perfect Is Overrated, stand-up comedian and author of Following Polly Karen Bergreen presents a lovable heroine who is so
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Lilac Wolf
Jul 20, 2012 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing
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Karen's writing is conversational, her characters are charming and deep. You get to know Kate really well, and through her all the people in her life. As a person who battles depression, I can say that Karen did a great job capturing the feelings and the actions. While she gets it together to take care of her daughter, she doesn't get it together for much else.

So as she starts coming out of her deep depression, it's funny how Karen throws in a detail here or there about
Nicole Henke
Sep 17, 2012 Nicole Henke rated it it was amazing
Ever read one of those books where you wish you could be best friends with the main character? That you know you two would click PERFECTLY? AND you don't want the book to end, because you want to keep her around? Yup, this is one of those books! Karen based this book on her own experienes with her legal career, motherhood and post-partum depression, added her very sarcastic humor and came away with a winner. In fact, if there isn't a movie made of this book, there are some seriously misguided di ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
Who knew murder could be so invigorating?

After years of suffering postpartum depression, Kate Hagen finally feels a renewed interest in life. All it took was the murder of a fellow Hawthorne Preschool parent.

The opening scene of ‘Perfect is Overrated’ by Karen Bergreen finds Kate in bed huddled under her daughter’s princess comforter (her own has been in the laundry for two years). She perks up on hearing that a fellow Hawthorne Preschool mother has been murdered. The ‘gruesome details’ even g
Jaime Boler
Sep 17, 2012 Jaime Boler rated it really liked it
Book Review: Perfect is Overrated by Karen Bergreen

Perfect is Overrated by Karen Bergreen (St. Martin’s Griffin; 308 pages; $14.99).

Most authors do not know how to use humor in their storytelling. Their attempts at comedy fall flat or come out all wrong. Karen Bergreen, though, is not like those writers.

Bergreen is a stand-up comic who has appeared on Court TV, Comedy Central, Oxygen, and on Law & Order. That is just her “second” career. She is a former attorney who also clerked for a fede
Mar 03, 2017 Jami rated it really liked it
This was a fun, funny chick lit story. Not as funny as I remember the author's first book, but still kept me entertained.
Aug 25, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
Kate Alger has suffered from post-partum depression since her daughter Molly was born four years ago. She is finally starting to make her recovery when another mom at Molly’s school is murdered. Instead of driving Kate back to her bed, the murder invigorates her.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kate’s instincts for catching bad guys kicks in and she starts snooping into the murders. Unknowingly helping her is Kate’s ex-husband, Paul, an NYPD detective living in the apartment above hers, and her
Dec 26, 2011 Anjana rated it liked it
I've been a huge fan of Karen's writing since I read her debut novel Following Polly. I've literally been counting the days until I was able to get my hands on this book and now that I've read it, I'm both, content and disappointed at the same time.

Kate is a mom, an ex-wife and a lawyer suffering from depression. The story begins with Kate hearing about the death of Beverly Hastings, a snotty woman whom Kate had once met with regarding her daughter's admission into a fancy, private pre-school.
Aug 11, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. It has murder, love triangles and all out craziness. Karen Bergreen, uses her talent as a stand-up comic to create a light-hearted read.

Meet Kate Alger, Assistant District Attorney living a perfect life with her husband Paul a Homicide Detective that is until she gives birth to her daughter Molly. Kate finds herself thrown into postpartum depression that becomes the ruin of her marriage.

Being fortunate enough to secure a place for Molly in a first rate preschool, Kate finds her
Aug 06, 2012 Drebbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
After the birth of her daughter Molly Kate Alger not only suffered from postpartum depression but the collapse of her marriage. Kate is slowly recovering and getting her life back together when her world is rocked by the murder of the mother of one of Molly's classmates. Kate used to be an Assistant District Attorney and can't help but become interested in the case. Soon she thinks she knows who the killer is but she's been wrong all too often in the recent past.

“Perfect is Overrated” is a wonde
Nash Norden
Kate Alger, an assistant district attorney went through her post-partum depression after the birth of her daughter, Molly. Her husband, Paul couldn’t understand her depression and this had driven their marriage to an end.

Years later, Kate has finally cured of her depression. Her daughter, Molly is all grown up. And someone is murdering moms from Molly’s preschool. Following her instinct, Kate worked on her own investigation to find out who is killing the mommies and she finally start feeling li
Jul 24, 2012 Dianne rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys-arcs
3.5 Stars

Perfect Is Overrated
by Karen Bergreen
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3.5 - Stars Not Quite Perfect, July 29, 2012

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Perfect is Overrated- Karen Bergreen


So, here we have yet another book about the somewhat over-privileged, self-absorbed, over-indulgent mommies of New York City. Mommies who feel that they just have to get their perfect kids into the perfect pre-sc
Dec 04, 2012 Elle! rated it really liked it
I read on the back that Karen Bergreen is a standup comic. It shows!

First Sentence I emerge from depression the moment I learn of Beverly Hastings's death.

This comic is a little bit on the dark humor side of town clearly but have no fear she's hilarious and spot on. The dialogue is amazing and always hilarious, the characterization of this book had me laughing so much. In this novel we've got the scary well off Californian Beverly Hill Mothers and their overly pampered five year olds, palm tree
Aug 31, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: librarything
"Perfect is Overreated," and a little bit slow.

ADA, wife and mom, Kate Alger's life is thrown into disarray when she develops postpartum depression. No longer a ADA, no longer a wife, but the best mother she can be after several years Kate slowly starts to pull herself out of her depression. What this former ADA needed was to sink her teeth into an investigation, but maybe one not so close to home. A string of mothers being murdered of kids who go to her daughter private pre-school has everyon
Jun 24, 2012 Silvana rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, crime
Kate is mother of one great girl of pre-school age. She is divorced of her detective husband and she suffers of post partum depression. I wasn’t heart about that kind of depression and I googled and find this article here. When she started running for enrolment her daughter in the most prestigious school in the world, she meets Beverly Hastings with her daughter. From that moment Beverly becomes her worst enemy. Now Beverly is dead, murdered.
How this effects on her?
After many calls to her ex h
Julie Valerie
Jan 10, 2013 Julie Valerie rated it it was amazing
I really like Kate Alger, the main character. She has appropriate personal and professional skills; so she's competent enough to withstand the rigors of the story arc. She has flaws; so she's a "real" person; therefore, readers will relate to her. She's also surrounded by people who genuinely love and care for her; so she's lucky in that regard and has a good support network; all things a reader will find comfort with. If you're a Chick Lit reader who enjoys a good murder mystery - you should re ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
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I received this book as a part of a goodreads first reads giveaway.

Welcome to mystery lite! This book reminds me alot of the Heather Wells mysteries by Meg Cabot. It's funny. It's quirky. And it's not the heavy gorey mystery. Katie is a bumbling newly single mom who is working her way out of post-partum depression and can't quite give up her nosey investigative ways. The secondary characters are all very vivid. Everything is described well enough that you can picture the environment, persons, an
Apr 22, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read-wins
I received this book in a first-reads giveaway.

Perfect is Overrated is a nice, fluffy beach-read kind of book. I'm in Alabama. It's July. My brains started melting months ago. I needed "fluffy".

Initially, I had a little trouble with Kate's FOUR year bout with postpartum depression (Oh No! Not Andrea Yates, please! Aren't there pills for this?). But once I got over that and into the story, I thoroughly enjoyed the superficial, stereotypical and predictable characters predicaments and misadventure
Jun 23, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
Author Karen Bergreen was first a lawyer and then a stand-up comedian. What perfect training to write the perfect summer read - and perfect is not overrated, despite the book's title. This story is never slow, despite the fact that with my years of reading mysteries and superior skills of analysis I had the killer figured out by about halfway through. (I was wrong.)

Perfect Is Overrated is pure fun, with no deep lessons other than the occasional, uncomfortable glimmer of self-recognition at the h
Sharon Chance
Oct 16, 2012 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to review Karen Bergreen's first book, "Following Polly," and loved it! So I was thrilled when Karen asked me to review her new book, "Perfect Is Overrated." And I'm pleased to say that I love this book just as much as I did the first!

Karen has a wicked sense of humor (good thing she's a comedian!) that shines through her writing, giving her readers a delightful and laugh-filled rollercoaster ride of a story that will have them laughing out loud and shaking and/or nodding their
Sep 30, 2015 Becca rated it it was ok
Shelves: read2015
I got this from the mystery section of the library and was fairly disappointed that the mystery part of this book is an afterthought to the exploration of how the main character emerges from PPD. While there's nothing wrong with the premise, it wasn't what I was looking for. I appreciated that the protagonist had worked through depression and really wanted to enjoy the book, but ultimately I was left feeling that she was silly and self-centered. Her actions throughout the story didn't support ot ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
I loved this book! The main character, Kate, is so real. She is flawed, raw and worth caring about. Her story is that of many mothers and women and tackles some heavy topics without being too heavy. It is about motherhood at its best and worst, it is about marriage with its highs and lows and it is about maneuvering relationships of all forms. I could not believe how much of Kate's experiences, minus the murders, are similar to mine. I loved the humor, depth and storytelling in this novel. It ha ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Karen Bergreen's "Perfect is Overrated" is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It's a murder mystery, a romance, a story about a woman getting her life back together after a serious bout of postpartum depression, and a comedy all rolled into one. I love Kate Alger. Within minutes of finishing the book I was searching the internet hoping for a glimpse of info stating that Karen Bergreen might be writing a sequel (or, even better, a series!) about Kate and her family. "Perfect is Overrated" is chick lit ...more
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

Perfect is Overrated is a really fun chick lit/mystery. Katie is a successful lawyer who suffers from depression after her baby is born and withdraws from the world, only to start feeling like herself again when mothers of other kids in her daughter's preschool class are being murdered. I really enjoyed all the characters in this book and was rooting hard for Katie to both solve the murders and pull her life back together. There w
Katlynn Parsons
Mar 17, 2013 Katlynn Parsons rated it really liked it
Perfect Is Overrated is a great novel. The main character, Katie, is smart, witty and very real. The book starts right after the murder of a fellow elite pre-school mother. She had spent most of the past three years in a deep post-partum depression and as a former assistant District Attorney, the murder has gotten her up and running. Great plot for the murder, I honestly did not see the killer coming until about two pager before Katie revealed the killer. However the ending for Katie, I called f ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Chuck rated it really liked it
Won this from GoodReads actually received it mid-July.

What's a former D.A. with severe post-partum depression separated from her nearly perfect
husband who has apparently cheated on her supposed to do? How about trying to solve the mystery when moms from the exclusive pre-school her daughter attends start being murdered in odd ways? But what can she do without her old resources as she tries to build a new life?

Thoroughly enjoyable with engaging characters, especially Kate. The plot is straightfor
Mar 26, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This had a number of good elements -- a solid mystery, vivid characters, and intelligent prose. My major complaints are: 1) Bergreen's disorienting tendency to jump around in time with no warning, and 2) the main character is a former Assistant DA, yet spends most of her time jumping to wild, unfounded conclusions about the murder suspects and her well-meaning ex-husband. Still, a quick, frothy read if you like a blend of romance and mystery.
Sep 19, 2012 Niv rated it liked it
I won this book on goodreads giveaways. It's funny and light read, I enjoyed it but I didn't like they way it was written almost all in the present tense, it makes more sence to me if it was written mostly in the past for example, ( I heard the phone ring and I knew it was him so I answered the phone.) seems more correct to my ear than ( I hear the phone ring, I know it is him, I answer the phone) I don't know the dialogue to me seemed robotic. Three stars.
Aug 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A fun, easy summer read about a former district attorney whose life as a stay-at-home mom is jolted by a series of murders at her child's elite New York City preschool. As our heroine embarks on a sleuthing mission to solve the crimes, she solves more than just a crime or three. Karen Bergeen's writing style is easy, breezy, and entertaining: just the thing for a day at the beach, a commute on the train, or a stolen day by the fireplace. Highly recommended.
Jun 30, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
I received this book from goodread firstreads giveaways program. This was a fun quick read, chic-lit meets murder mystery. Kate is finally on the upswing after a long episode of postpartum depression followed by divorce. A parent of a friend of her daughter is murdered, and, as a former lawyer, she gets caught up in investigation.

I enjoyed this book, although the cover annoyed me, it has nothing to do with the story (there is no dog in the book).
Jul 20, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I won this GoodReads giveaway.

I loved this book.

It's a real page-turner -- fast, enjoyable, easy to read, perfect for trains and beaches. Yet i didn't find it mindless froth, like some summer reads. It was actually a little dark in places. Katie's problems made her more interesting and affecting.

Mixing this into a murder mystery was pretty wild. Plus, it was hilarious!
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Karen Bergreen is a comedian who performs live at Carolines, Stand-Up New York, Gotham, and The Comic Strip and has
appeared on Comedy Central, the Oxygen Network and Law & Order.

She was previously an attorney who clerked for a federal judge. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
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