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The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews

From Kathy Cooperman, the bestselling author of Crimes Against a Book Club, comes a comedy about a woman with good intentions who makes some very bad decisions.

Maggie Mayfield, an elementary school principal in the upscale suburbs of San Diego, likes to do the right thing—for her students and, after her marriage takes a hit, for herself as well. What’s wrong with that?

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Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Donna Hines
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Taking on a sweet deal may be her downfall for everybody involved in this adorably sweet and funny read by Kathy Cooperman.
Maggie is our main character who is the San Diego Elementary Principal with a brilliant idea to help her school during these strapped economic times. It involves a little planning and funding and a new Math Pal program. No Lay offs. Happy Kids. Happy Maggie!
What appears to be a win-win situation turns into a feeling of being taken by a con artist named Danny the CEO of the n
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Den
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this if you like books about: chick-lit, inadequate education funding, quirky characters, Tech giants, beta testing, Silicone Valley execs, preppers
J McAvoy
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked most of this book very much. As a former teacher, I can honestly say that the author was spot on with a lot of descriptions, bringing back some fond (and not so fond) memories. Maggie’s description of child’s mind being like a mansion is so accurate. The best moments were the teacher/student interactions. The scenes with Miss Pearl/Rachel and Mr. Baran/Connor perfectly encapsulated what teaching should be all about: reaching a child in a manner that they can relate to and grow with. On t ...more
Courtney
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This ARC was available to me through NetGalley in exchange for a review.

This was the first novel that I have read by Kathy Cooperman. I really liked the author's writing style and character and plot development.

If I had to choose something that I didn't like about the book, it was the ending. It felt a little rushed to me. I would have preferred a sequel.

Once again, NetGalley has helped me to find a new author who will likely become one of my "must-read" authors. I strongly recommend that you p
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Kathleen Gray
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A treat. I want a friend like Diane. A woman who keeps a menagerie of her dead husband's odd pets, works at a school, and runs a prepper blog. I actually liked her more than Maggie, the main character of this interesting novel about a school, an entrepreneur, and ethics. Maggie's an interesting woman- and so is her ex-husband btw. She's determined to do the best by the kids at her school even if it means using a tech tool in order to get the needed funds for, among other things, an art teacher. ...more
Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
I loved past Kathy Cooperman books and her latest is just adorable as well. Now that my only is off at college, reading this took me back to the elementary school right down the street and the fundraising, alpha moms, blatant requests for money, tiger moms, and constant requests for donations.

I really don't miss those days.

But this book .....its so fricken funny. I love Diane. I love Maggie. I love Lars, Since I really can't get a sequel, is it too much to ask for a prequel of Diane's life? I l
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Kathy Miller
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I actually LOVED this book, although it was not what I was expecting. - Thought it might have a thread from the first book.

Maggie Mayfield is school Principal and her main objective is teaching the students at her school, making sure they get the best education possilbe, without any teachers losing their jobs. I can relate as my sister is an Art Teacher and they are always the first to be laid off, which is a constant worry.

BUT, along comes MathPal, with a sure fire way to teach the students and
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Elizabeth
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intelligent chick-lit: something I haven't seen in a while!

I haven't typically picked chick-lit books lately because they seem pretty shallow and easy to predict. This novel has thicker, deeper characters and a more intelligent voice than any of this genre that I've read in a long while. It was a funny read without being that exhausting sort that tries to make an obscure reference every ten words. This is just how the character thinks and it happens to be funny.

If you're a teacher, former teach
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Elizabeth
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent chick-lit: something I haven't seen in a while!

I haven't typically picked chick-lit books lately because they seem pretty shallow and easy to predict. This novel has thicker, deeper characters and a more intelligent voice than any of this genre that I've read in a long while. It was a funny read without being that exhausting sort that tries to make an obscure reference every ten words. This is just how the character thinks and it happens to be funny.

If you're a teacher, former teach
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Pearl
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was adorable and touched my teacher-heart! I love how accurately the author depicted educators and the current battles of the educational system. Maggie and her staff were truly lovable characters.


I received this ARC as a courtesy from NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kathy
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for this Kindle ARC copy of "The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield." What a great surprise this book was! When I began reading the story, I wasn't sure I would be able to get into it enough to finish it, but suddenly, the characters and story took off and I was hooked. Maggie Mayfield is the principal of a small elementary school that is desperate for funding to keep much needed programs and subjects for the students. Maggie has nothing but concern ...more
Tiffany
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield was a lot of fun! It's a quick read that left me laughing quite a bit.

Maggie Mayfield is the principal at Carmel Knolls Elementary and she spends most of her time conspiring with her best friend/co-worker Diane about ways to earn money in order to keep their school fully funded without having to let any teachers or programs go. When given the opportunity to beta-test new software designed by a Silicon Valley techie, Daniel Zalinsky, in exchange for a stock o
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Julie
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! And at the same time, it was smart, funny, and insightful. While I was rooting for Maggie—even when she was making the wrong decisions and I just wanted her to get back on track—I also loved so many of the other characters. Some of my favorite moments were inside the mind of the 3rd grade overachiever, Lucy, and her mom, who was actually hilarious in the way she judged everyone and expected only perfection. What made the book so great was that it dealt with real-world ...more
Sara
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I almost did not finish this book, but I can’t, in good conscience, review a book that I have not completed. The second half was better than the first because it moved more quickly. The elementary school setting was familiar because my kids went to public schools and I did a lot of volunteer work. There are many similarities between the characters and real-life people I’ve known. The people in this book are interesting and well thought out, but not the main ones. The gym teacher and his wife wer ...more
Martha Steele
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a super fun read, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had been single and or a teacher. I enjoyed the characters, the plot was well thought out , and it had a good amount of snark. The only reason I didn't rate it higher is because I liked her first book SO MUCH, and was hoping this one would be as good. Sadly the characters were not as dynamic in this one. Plus, and this is a big one, I don't really care for this type of book normally. It had way too much romance for my taste ...more
Krista
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 - I liked the writing. I liked the little bits with the kids and school, they were really cute and funny. But the whole romance between Maggie and Danny was just weird and I didn’t like it and him. So I wasnt rooting for them. And there were a little too many fat jokes for my taste. Like saying the name Margaret sounds fat. Just a little in poor taste to me. I think if it was more about the school, teachers and students, then I would have liked it more.
Miss Tee H
Nov 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shallow

I loved Cooperman's first book and was looking forward to this one. The humor fell flat. The characters and situations unbelievable. And at this point, I don't care to read an author's political views while reading for pleasure.
Erica
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I spent more time laughing at Maggie's antics, as well as those of the hilarious cast of characters.
Kathy touched on hot topics in a way that causes you to see them in a different light.
Looking forward to more by Kathy!
Sallie
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delicious romp. Well written with a cohesive and hilariously defined plot.
Elizabeth Rolett
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story

Story was entertaining. Absolutely loved the characters of Diane and Mrs. Wong. I liked the ending, but it felt a little rushed and incomplete.
Elizabeth Reif
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Makes you think

In this book, we can appreciate the sad reality of our times, money matters can ruin real values, destroy lives.
The end is too unreal.
Dorothy Latsis
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Nov 12, 2018
Sara
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost did not finish this book, but I can’t, in good conscience, review a book that I have not completed. The second half was better than the first because it moved more quickly. The elementary school setting was familiar because my kids went to public schools and I did a lot of volunteer work. There are many similarities between the characters and real-life people I’ve known. The people in this book are interesting and well thought out, but not the main ones. The gym teacher and his wife wer ...more
Cristie Underwood
Perfect chick lit! I loved the premise and the characters were well developed! I recommend this for anyone looking for a light and fun read!
Eryl Ashcroft
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Nov 10, 2018
Michelle Slape
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Nov 08, 2018
Susan
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Sep 16, 2018
Pauline Rees
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