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The Playgroup

2.93  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Before she signed up for the mommy role, Ellie Fuller was a stand-up comic, a good best friend, and a secret bulimic. As part of her recovery she adopts a whole new lifestyle, but when she takes a knowing step into unknown territory, that recovery and everything else is suddenly in jeopardy. At the Park Avenue preschool where Ellie takes her daughter, she meets Missy Hanov ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by St. Martin's Press
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Sarah Fulmer
So I get in my friend's van to get out of the rain at the soccer game both our kids are playing in (so whatever, I am not hardcore.) And my friend goes, "Oh my god you have to read this" and she digs around behind the passenger seat and tosses me this book. I have this thing about needing to read any book that lands on me. She told me, "it's not the best book in the world or anything, and really it has little to do with an actual playgroup except kinda, but, you should read this." So I did. As a ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
Sharon Malcolm
Mar 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
A sleazy and totally unbelievable story, with characters about whom I cared not a jot.
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read2020
I picked this up for free at the campus library. While I found the raunchiness acceptable, the female lead was such a flaky, shallow character and just overall unbelievable.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first half of this book - it's about a woman who enrolls her toddler in a prestigious New York City playgroup (sounded like a preschool to me) and feels like her lifestyle - breastfeeding her other baby, not having a nanny - makes her an outcast. Immediately I got a vibe like the Odd Mom Out show i've been enjoying on Bravo.

But this book takes a turn - a weird one. There are enough complexities to the main character's background to satisfy a book - she is recovering from an ea
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I picked this book up at the library, and in reading the dust jacket, I believed it was similiar to "The Nanny Diaries". A semi fictional, what things are really like on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. That was NOT the case. While there were one or two mentions of the actual playgroup, most of it was dedicated to the sex life and lesbian affair of the main character. While I have nothing against books that involve sex, it was not what I was looking for. I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone ...more
Mar 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spencer sacrifices character development to focus on hacky jokes and the upstairs/downstairs nature of the upper west and east sides of manhattan. But it ALSO tells the story of a comedian working towards a pitch to a major network. But it ALSO tells the story of a woman whose marriage falls apart. But it ALSO tells the story of a recovering bulemic. Every chapter includes at least one graphic sex scene, completely off-tone from the rest of the book. It's her first novel, which is clear by how a ...more
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I picked up this book because it said it mainly was about a stay at home mom who is trying to find a balance between kids and life - aren't we all. LOL It took a turn that I wasn't expecting and at times was a bit unbelievable - I just had a hard time believing the main character sometimes. As the story went on, it began to fall together and turned out to be a pretty good story. It is explicit in some parts, so if that's not your thing, I wouldn't reccommend it to you. Otherwise, it's a quick re ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sara Pierce
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is very sexual. I didn't know it when I bought it online. The cover only says its about a stay at home mom who is struggling to find a balance between kids and keeping from going crazy. But its a whole another world when you read it. It was really good. All my girlfriends have read it and liked it. ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Not what I was expecting at all. It got quite sexual and while I don't have a problem with that; there was just so much that it got quite tedious. I also really disliked the main character. She'd be mad and frustrated at her mom and then all of a sudden wanting to hug her for no real apparent reason. Luckily it was a quick read. ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a whim at the library. I wanted to like this but it was off-putting. Perhaps it's because I'm past this point in my life, as my kids are moving out of the plagroup phase. This characters just didn't resonate with me. ...more
Kelly Broadwell
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is all about many things and in many ways! It was funny and I enjoyed it and by the way if you are not down for lesbian NOT read the book! If you are...then hey go for it!
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This book wasn't quite what I expected. It took a few uncomfortable turns. It was a quick read and, in the end, proved to be a pretty decent story. ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Lots more raunchy than I was expecting, also a bit depressing.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
crazy , alittle fifty shade of gray
Kerry Ann Morgan
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Funny, but MUCH racier than expected.
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