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Play Dates

3.03  ·  Rating Details ·  150 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Book Description Publication Date: January 18, 2005 With her sharp wit and riveting style, Leslie Carroll plunges us deep into the world of the overscheduled children of New York, and the oversexed, over-lipoed, overpaid people who raise them -or pay their nannies! What happens when a trophy wife gets turned in for someone even younger, blonder, and prettier? Claire Marsh ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 18th 2005 by Avon Trade
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Apr 04, 2007 Jenny rated it it was ok
Sorry, but this midwestern working mom just cannot empathize with New Yorkers who live outside their means, insist on private school (even when the teachers, curriculum, and culture of the school are obnoxious, judgmental, and hostile), and overschedule their kids with extra curricular activities. This was sometimes amusing, but I can't believe I read the whole book. Too long, too much priviledge.
Jul 26, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Funny book about a stay at home raising her daughter in the Manhattan area, where it is all about who spends the most and has the best parties for thier kids, but not how good of a parent you are. Claire is married to a much older man, she is in her mid-twenties and has never had a job because she married right out of highschool. Then the jerk leaves her for another woman and Claire must get a job, keep up with the other mothers, and keep up with her daughter's busy schedule. Lots of interesting ...more
May 12, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it
Not as good as I thought it would be in the beginning. The story is told from three different narrators perspectives. A young newly single mother, her 8-year-old daughter and her older sister. While I enjoyed Claire and her daughter Zoe dealing with a divorce and having to be on their own for the first time, Clarie's sister Mia was annoying and not my favorite narrator, which may have led to my disliking parts of this book. Overall, kinda so-so on how I enjoyed this book.
Nov 10, 2009 Iris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I would probably have liked this book more in book form. The narrator reading as a little girl voice was really annoying. But the story was great overall. Life changes really do affect your children, and you want to keep things as steady as possible for them. But could the outcome make them stronger? It's possible that they make you both stronger.
May 21, 2017 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun and touching read. I'm surprised it didn't get more stars here.
I enjoyed it from the very beginning to the end. I love how it's told from three perspective and all of them are women. I love how fluid is it. I love the struggle, it's touching sometimes. I love the happy ending, didn't feel it was cheesy at all!
Sep 09, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
Well it was shallow to a point - so if you are not into chick lit slight fluff don't bother..BUT - I read it a few years ago and found it entertaining if not eye rolling at some points..another BUT - I also got it..City life is different from average small town to medium size city life and even in my suburban neighborhood it reflected so much of what this author was going through. Struggling to be the perfect mother, wife, live through the embarrassment of divorce, losing a job, not being able t ...more
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Apr 26, 2008 Diane Ramirez rated it did not like it
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May 03, 2009 Melody rated it liked it
It's been years since I read this book, and I think I liked it okay. But if I remember correctly, there was this bit in the back of the book where I guess they were interviewing her, and the mom was just totally out of character from the rest of the book. I guess this book really wasn't that memorable which is why I only gave it 3 stars.
Katie Otte
Feb 02, 2011 Katie Otte rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
I am just a few pages into this and already annoyed. The newly divorced mother is complaining about having to be w/ her daughter 24/7 for the entire summer since both her husband and housekeeper left her. Boo frickin hoo. We'll see how long I last w/ this one...

Well, I finished it. Would not recommend. Predictable but unrealistic.
Nov 05, 2010 Ginger rated it liked it
Just a good, fun chick lit read. But it does touch on the common problems of a newly single mom trying to cope with child care, finding and keeping a job, and everyday life with the private school snobs. A woman trying to find just what she can and cannot manage in her new life.
Sue Kozlowski
Aug 16, 2013 Sue Kozlowski rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I really liked this. The book describes some of the excesses bestowed upon children of the rich in NYC. Claire is divorced and her daughter goes to a private school. She tries to maintain the lifestyle her daughter previously lived.
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Dec 16, 2007 Debbie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute and easy read. Nothing heavy or earth-shattering, but I did enjoy it.
Feb 01, 2009 Jenny rated it it was ok
This was definitely just a barely OK book; not worth reading unless you're really bored....but I bought this at a library so if anyone wants to take it let me know..
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