Parents Behaving Badly
An uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild
When Ben and Jili Holden must move from Manhattan with their three children back to their small hometown of Palace Valley, California, they are forced to reconcile the parents they’ve become with the dreams they had, the choices they’ve made, and a sex life much more down-to-eart...more
I was not sure if I truly wanted to read this book, I kept overloo ...more
Ben and Jili move back to their hometown, where many broken and unfulfilled dreams are buried. As they adjust to their once familiar surroundings, they learn to deal with the ghosts of their pasts. Old flames flicker, secrets are revealed, and unspoken questions receive answers.
To be honest, I feel the beginning of the story is a little slow and ...more
What's more, Parents Behaving Badly read, well, badly. At the beginning of the book I had a hard time keeping straight which character was which. Part of the problem is the author never really spent any time telling me who was who and the other part of th ...more
This is the story of Ben and his wife Jili. They were living the good life in New York until they m ...more
Parents Behaving Badly centers around the Holden family. After raising three children in Manhattan, Ben and Jili move the family back to their hometown of Palace Valley, California to care for Jili's aging mother. When Ben's father, a beloved retired high school baseball coach, passes away, Ben's sons ask to join Little League to honor their grandfather's memory. Ben's strained relationship with his father had led him to avoid the sport of basebal ...more
The first chapter introduced too many characters right off the bat that I couldn't keep track of until the 3rd chapter or so. It does portray sports parents in a very real way & the reader is just as appalled at their behavior as are the main characters. Eventually you figure out who is who among the characters. You find yourself rooting for the main characters - Jilli and Ben - to work things out & rise above the behavior of ...more
Full disclosure, I entered to win this book mostly because I was in the mood to read about parents behaving like what I’ve seen on the fields when my own children were in youth sports (badly!)
There were so many characters introduced at first I could barely keep up, but eventually I fell into mildly following Ben and Jill, and that’s about it. This may just be me, I have no interest in baseball itself and baseball is almost a character itsel ...more
The little league scenes got old after awhile, and there were alot of little fillers.
I found Jilli, and Cyn, as the most interesting characters. I loved Jilli's outward ...more
Based on the title of the book, I was expecting some scandalous activity from suburban parents. Not so much. I found the beginning of the book to be clumsy. Too many characters were introduced too quickly, along with detailed information that seemed completely irrelevant to what was going on. It was like the author was trying too hard to lay the groundwork for their personalities instead of just letting it com ...more
Things get wrapped up way too neatly, but this was still a decent read. I wouldn't mind watching a game with Ben.
a. satire of bland, bored suburban malaise;
b. the mid-life crisis of a whiny protagonist who is supposedly still struggling with moving back to the bland, boring suburban malaise he grew up in;
c. a parody of the excessive competitiveness in youth sports...
I could go on, but the point is that Parents Behaving Badly doesn't succeed on any of these fronts.