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Momzillas

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  2,599 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
A hilarious and deliciously scathing send-up of motherhood as practiced in the upper echelons of Manhattan society, from the coauthor of The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing.

The mothers on Manhattan’s chic Upper East Side are highly educated, extremely wealthy, and very competitive. They throw themselves and all of their energy and resources into full-time child r
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sarah
Jun 12, 2008 Sarah marked it as quit  ·  review of another edition
I just bailed on page 16 due to the use of the word "unfortch." As you know, there are clearly NO extenuating circumstances ("circs") that excuse diction ("dictch") like that. I'd also like you to know that, before I even arrived at that misbegotten page, I sat, in the name of a warm backporch summer evening just crying out for noninvasive reading material, through the following:

"her skeletore bod" (you can't even get a reference to He-Man spelled right?!),

"racquetball-playing Roman-numeraled p
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Kim-Lost-In-A-Book
Mar 12, 2011 Kim-Lost-In-A-Book rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
The writing is awful, the made up words are terrible. Seriously, who talks like that? Although after reading the acknowledgements, I guess the author does. Bad editing, too many typos to count (and that didn't include the words that I wasn't sure if it was bad editing or just another made up word, I chalked it up to the latter). The story is okay, the telling of the story is just so bad. The main character doesn't even get that she's just as bad as the Upper East Side Momzillas that she's bashin ...more
Shannon
Sep 28, 2010 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be a witty take on wealthy Manhattan moms and all their uber-materialistic ways, but it ended up taking itself way too seriously, and wasn't funny at all. Do yourself a favor and don't read this book.
Jennifer
Jun 15, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, which I was skeptical about when reading some of the reviews. I actually listened to it on CD to and from work, which was a great way to do it, because some of the snarky little comments and cliffhangers really made the time fly. There are a lot of quirky little sayings ("natch" for naturally, for example), which some reviewers didn't like because they don't hear people talking like that, but people DO talk like that in some places. I thought it was a fun read (listen). I loved t ...more
Melanie McCluskey
Sep 20, 2008 Melanie McCluskey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mommies and women who love Sex and the City
Recommended to Melanie by: my own mother bought it for me
Imagine Gossip Girl grew up, Miranda Hobbes became a stay-at-home mom, and Juno kept her baby. Mix these characters’ worlds together and you’re hanging out with Hannah Allen, the sympathetic heroine of Momzillas.

Add the slick, stylized tone of chick-lit classics like Shopaholic Ties the Knot and Baby Proof, and the resulting literary concoction is Jill Kargman’s Momzillas: It’s a Jungle out there on Park Avenue, Baby.

At-home mother Hannah, her investment-banker husband Josh, and their 2-year-ol
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Csutton624
This book was very funny in the intro - the mommy definitions. I did laugh out loud at many of them. And the entire book was very chick lit....but it got to be a bit annoying and some of her lingo was trying to hard.

The main character, Hannah, was great at first, but then I wanted to give her a swift kick in the rear - pull it together and speak up! She was a silent character when the "villian" Bee was being awful. And, I did freel Hannah became a bit granola like - who wears black jeans anymor
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Mirjam
May 03, 2010 Mirjam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
hmmmmm...rich, educated white chick is moved by her hedge fund husband from Berkeley to New York, where she tries to fit in with a group of women who are similarly educated but richer and whiter. Hilarity, unfortunately, does not ensue. But there is plenty of whining about how privileged and WASP-Y everyone is, and passage after passage in which the author explains via cutesy anecdotes that she is, really, a much hipper (she takes HER kid to the MOMA!) and also warmer, fuzzier, & more approa ...more
Sherrill Watson
The first few chapters of this book are just not funny, is it me?

There's Bee Elliott, who's a royal B------, her friends, Halle and Lara, and Dr. Poundschlosser. Hannah thinks re her mother-in-law, "I hope the cable in her next elevator ride snaps and she plummets to her death . . . . Lila always got what she wanted. She'd pretend she was accommodating others but would slowly manipulate it back to what she desired. Passive aggressive." Over and over we hear about their overindulgences and self-
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Jen
Jan 05, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lighter-reads
This book is the definition of a guilty pleasure. I read it in a day and found it mostly enjoyable, especially being a former nanny on the UES! But the writing was just so God-awful, as other reviewers have said. I wasn't expecting a finely crafted masterpiece, but the way these supposedly adult women speak--peeps? neighb? natch? It felt so unnatural and just ridiculous. Also, the narrator, Hannah, really annoyed me. She kept whining and whining about not having anything to "fill her day" while ...more
Michelle
Feb 16, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally amusing but not great. The story didn't really go anywhere, and the character seemed a little naive. The end wrapped up in record time - it was like the author thought, "Ok, this book is __ pages now, so I'd better end this thing. What should I do? How about this and this and this?" Kind of fun to read, but it really left me feeling like I wasted my time, and I rarely feel that way about anything I read (I'm not very discriminating!).
Paul
Jul 20, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first chick-lit I've ever read, and it's just hilarious and written with great language and images. I enjoyed Kargman's Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut, and this one didn't disappoint, even though it was a novel rather than a memoir.

Among my favorite lines: "She took a pause so pregnant quadruplets could have been born."

This is a scathing indictment of East Side Manhattan mothers and how competitive they are raising their kids, while actually, most of them have nannies raising their kids
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Anya
Jul 17, 2008 Anya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the brain-dead
since this was the only book I had with me during a recent train ride, I gave it a try. this is exactly the kind of crappy "literature" that gives chick-lit a bad name. The writing was atrocious, her slang usage and ridiculously ill-fitting pop culture references were laughable, but not in a good way. complete and utter suckage.
Donna
Jul 20, 2010 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay story...predictable. What made it difficult for me to get through was the tone of the narrator/main character. She speaks as if she is in high school ("convo", "fam", etc.) so it was hard to take her seriously. If it wasn't so slangy, it would be much better.
Chris
Aug 05, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The cutesy slang did me in. I read it, because it was there and I hate to abandon books, but it annoyed me no end. I do know people who talk like this in terms of "natch" for naturally or "Sitch" for situation, but I don't care to read it, and I often give a mom/English teacher look at the people who do. The story line is about whiny over privileged people in New York City, one of whom does not fit in. 1st world problems, and to the extent that most of the 1st world couldn't even relate to these ...more
Emily
Jan 30, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very light read that gave me an escape from my daily life. The moms of NYC featured in this book have a very different lifestyle than I do. I appreciated Hannah and her approach to motherhood, marriage, and society.
April
Sep 22, 2008 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The funniest thing about this book is the glossary. Found at the beginning of the book. It made me laugh out loud. If the rest of the book was as funny as this I could have given it the last two stars.
Emily Boyer
This was a super fast enjoyable read for a day at the beach.. over the top drama about NY high society moms which I found very entertaining.
Wendy
Jul 16, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I just want to go live in the woods and give my kids sticks to play with after reading this book.
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Mar 14, 2016 Les Chroniques Aléatoires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Momzillas n’est pas le genre de livre que je lis en général. Mais comme il n’était pas cher et qu’il y avait l’offre habituel de France Loisir, alors j’ai choisi ce livre ainsi qu’un autre dont je vais vous parlez un peu plus tard.

Au début, le titre ainsi que la couverture n’est pas évocateur mais le résumé lui, donne envie de connaitre un peu plus l’envers du décor de la ville de New-York, plus particulièrement : les parents. Et oui, comme vous le savez surement (et ce n’est que la dure réalité
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alex_destine
Feb 06, 2011 alex_destine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is two-dimensional, its characters are hackneyed and the end was too tasteless and unfulfilling. The villan is all-evil, the supposed heroine is a self-deprecating woman with low-selfesteem and a need to value her self-worth by other people’s standards until (gasp!) the very end of the book when she has a confrontation with her MiL (Mother-in-Law) which ends with the MiL saying that the heroine reminds her of herself.

The heroine is passive. She never does anything to fix her problem;
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Shanwow
Aug 28, 2013 Shanwow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess, I loved this book.

I was expecting a light easy summer read which I found however as I read the book I found myself relating and feeling for the main character Hannah more than I expected to. Hannah finds herself moving across the country with her husband to New York and suddenly finds herself immersed in a different culture of parenting then she is use to. She finds herself batting against what she believes to be best for her family and what society expects of her.

This is where I real
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Shonna Froebel
Nov 25, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Allen, her husband Josh and their two-year-old daughter Violet have just moved to New York City, Josh's hometown for his job.
Hannah is from San Francisco, and unsure about how to fit in. Josh's best friend Parker's wife Bee has offered to show her the ropes, and appears very helpful. Hannah still feels like she doesn't belong and Josh encourages her to do her own thing and not to worry too much. But there are rules about applying for schools, and coops and being in the right groups that H
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Suzanne
Jun 19, 2007 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moms looking for a light read
This book makes way too many cultural references (to excessive proportions), some of which are already outdated. Furthermore, Kargman references the wrong John Hughes film. The "cool" janitor who was the "eyes and ears" of the school was in The Breakfast Club, not Pretty in Pink. Hello editor?

Now I am anti-Momzilla and could care less what percentile my daughter is in, but Kargman's protagonist is a little too negative for my liking. There is even a mini profanity-laced tirade against The Wiggle
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Tiffany
It took a while to get invested in Momzillas because the author tried to throw out a lot of abbreviations early in the book, i.e. situation = sitch, neighborhood= neighb, etc. I think this was in an effort to show that her main characters in the book are young and hip moms. Regardless, Momzillas is a fun read that revolves around a woman named Hannah. Hannah's a displaced San Franciscan mom who moves with her husband to Manhattan. She is immediately thrown into a lifestyles of the rich & fam ...more
Lori Anderson
May 16, 2008 Lori Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers
This was predictable chick lit, but fun chick lit. I've been reading some pretty heavy WWII stuff so needed this kind of tidbit to get me out of the funk of depression.

I related to this book, not because I live in NYC, but because I feel that all moms, no matter where they live, feel competitive and/or feel insecure about how their bringing up their child and how it's perceived by Others. Where I live, there are three private schools, two which really matter, and when I tell them my son is going
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Jessica
Jun 24, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was totally entertaining. I rarely find a book that I can't put down. Warning: It does contain profanity! Hannah is from Seattle and she has just moved to Upper East Side with her husband who is a local. It's a crazy story about the competitiveness of high society. Her husband is busy working at a new job and trying to prove himself, while Hannah is set up with a major queen bee to help her get adjusted to her new life. The steps that are taken to get into the right preschool will bogg ...more
Nitrorockets
Mar 03, 2008 Nitrorockets rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New York City mothers, affluent parents
Sure it was interesting and there were some things I could relate to in regard to the insanity of competitive mothering. Hello life in a big city. However there was not much character development as I expected. The book was written from the main character's perspective, almost as if she were telling you the story herself, perhaps a glimpse of her journal. Although not nearly as interesting. I was not interested in this character because she was not personable. I couldn't relate to her nor connec ...more
Rebecca
Jun 19, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I liked the protag in this book a lot. One of the supporting characters was so unbelievable, but the rest of the book was okay. Mainly about a family with a new baby who move from SF to NY where the Man is from, but the Girl has to learn how to navigate the wilds of the UES. Drama! One of the women that the Man sets the Girl up with as a friend was pretty lame. Seriously, like, if she didn’t want to be friends with the Girl, then she wouldn’t be. The part about the schools was interesting, becau ...more
Kerry
Sep 09, 2012 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: summer beach readers
This is good light reading. I would rate it at 3.5 stars if possible. It is entertaining, with a likeable main character and easy to finish over a weekend.

It's 2005 and Hannah is negotiating a new life in NYC with her 2 year old daughter and her workaholic husband. She is attempting to find where or even whether she fits in among elite NY society moms.

I didn't mind the main character's "trendy" way of speaking, nor the profanity. It might get annoying if we hung out in real life, but it didn't
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Libby Gordon
True rating-.2.5 stars

I really didn't expect a lot from this little bargain book I found on Book Bub which turned out to be a good way to approach this book. I think the author was really trying to go for a satire like The Nanny Diaries or The Devil Wears Prada but didn't quite pull it off . Once I got past the cutesy jargon she attempted to use like "sitch" for situation (I kept thinking of Gretchen Carlson and fetch from Mean Girls) , it was entertaining . I really did like Hannah the heroine
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Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her art ...more
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