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Go On, Girl

(Forest River PTA Moms)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Executive, wife, and mother of an outgoing first-grader, Sydney Clayton crushes her day-to-day obligations at work but flounders in the cutthroat world of parental politics.

She manages to avoid the local drama until she’s faced with an ultimatum: join the Forest River PTA or risk her daughter becoming a social outcast. Sydney reluctantly becomes treasurer, and takes the re
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 10th 2018
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Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute and fun book! 3.5 stars. It took me away from all the psychological thrillers that i have been reading! Thanks Hilary! Back in the day when my kids were in grade school I was a "room mom". I volunteered for field trips, helped in the library, organized school parties, and always on call for whatever was needed. No "mean" Moms in my school thank goodness! Now on to another psychological thriller! Just can't stay away! ...more
Meredith Schorr
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilary Grossman knocked it out of the park with her fourth novel. Go On, Girl is filled with humor and heart. Fun-filled with crazy situations and lots of character growth, it was a pleasure to read. I've read all her books and it's wonderful watching her grow as an author. I can't wait to see what comes next. ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Go On, Girl by Hilary Grossman was a thoroughly enjoyable book to read and I found myself laughing out loud at the antics of some of the characters as I dove into this book that is filled with situations that I could definitely identify with.

Although my years of parenting young ones is far in my rear view mirror I remember the drama associated with some of those PTA/PTO meetings and that is what made this book so realistic. I could totally imagine the scenarios that were unfolding in the book to
Stephanie (Littlebookpage)
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Go On, Girl by Hilary Grossman is a fun and familiar story of one mom’s journey through the never-ending craziness of her 6yr old daughter’s 1st grade school year. Bombarded by work, her husband’s push to sell their home, and ALL the many hats moms’ wear, Sydney is only trying to give Amanda the best 1st grade year possible. When she is suddenly and a bit unwillingly thrust into Forest River’s elite PTA squad, numerous birthday parties and too many school events to count, Sydney is unsure if bei ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
I thought this book had potential, but ultimately, the story of a working PTA mom trying so hard to fit in to make sure her first grade daughter's social life is ok fell a bit flat to me. I found the book plodding and a little without much point beyond a slice of life story about upper middle class families and house renovations. It wasn't boring, but it also wasn't ever gripping, as the conflicts were all very mundane in nature, and often only issues because the characters made them so. 2 stars ...more
Ashley Houser
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, thank you to Hilary Grossman for reaching out to request an honest review of this book on my blog, Home Sweet Houser! If you haven't already, check out her author page on Facebook for updates on all her books!

Go On, Girl is a book that most of us can relate to. It is the story of a mother named Sydney trying to support her young daughter in the best way she knows how. She works full time. She takes care of her household. And she has recently found herself in the role of scribe for the
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have had the pleasure of reading previous books by Hilary so I was delighted when I was offered an advance copy of Go on, Girl to read and give my thoughts on. So totally voluntarily and not much encouragement needed I dove into this book expecting it to lift my mood and provide a good measure of Hilary style humour.

The writing flows so beautifully from Hilary’s pen, her characters are always so full of life, in this instance it is Sydney Clayton, a high powered working mom, who wants the best
Grace J Reviewerlady
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sydney Clayton wants what we all want: the very best happy upbringing for her child. Unlike most of the helicopter moms, she has a full-time, responsible job and hasn't made a lot of contacts among other parents. Desperately wanting her daughter, Amanda, to make friends, she finds herself - reluctantly - being manoeuvered into the PTA as treasurer. At the same time, Syd and her husband find themselves with a ballpark offer on their home and the opportunity to move nearer family and away from the ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and funny and all the things you want in a summer read. Easy to recommend.
Kathy Lewison
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with Hilary Grossman’s books. In her latest novel Go On Girl, Hilary tells a humorous story of Sydney and the elite moms of her daughters school.

Somehow. Sydney cannot say no. In the blink of an eye, Sydney finds herself in the PTA to help her daughter fit in at her school. This book gives you an example of a working mom life. The characters are all relatable and the story flows together. This is easy read and I was not able to put this down. I’m glad I read it on the wee
J_Mc 251
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable book. The author captured the “Mean Girl” aspect of PTAs extremely accurately. I thought she also did an excellent job of exploring the difficulties that moms have in finding and building friendships. That is actually the part of the story that I liked the most, because it is the absolute truth! Syd’s realization that she may be misjudging people for misjudging her also rang true and was very realistic. I don’t do plot recaps, but suffice to say that everything plays ou ...more
Lauren Jones
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has that one person who makes a fuss about everything! For Sydney, it is an entire group of parents at her daughter's elementary school. All they care about is manicures, pedicures, and ruling the school politics. Grossman digs deep with this one, discovering the true meaning of friendship (in the midst of the all of the blonde hair). :) What causes someone to feel like they have to be the bully when it comes to other women...other parents? What is the best solution to resolve social co ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Previously posted on Books are my life

Sidney is a wife and mother of the first grader, Amanda. She thought that only managing between her work and free time for her family is only concern that she gets until she does an ultimatum “be part of Forest River PTA or your daughter will be banned from the social top ten girls”. While Sydney considering how to deal with the new situation in the town with the mothers she gets a call from the most “important” mother, Jackie.

I was captured from the first s
Jena Henry
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Go On Girl!

Hillary Grossman

5 stars

I’ve enjoyed each of Author Hilary Grossman’s books, but Go On, Girl! is my favorite! I expected her usual fun characters, and humorous snapshots of life in today’s world. But there is so much more to this well-crafted book. Ms. Grossman has taken the usual foibles, drama, and problems of the daily life of a modern woman and her family and given us a story that is delightful to read. But, such is her writing skill, she also presents us with a thoughtful and mean
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I was hooked in the first chapter. I loved the humour, down to earth characters and the drama that while seems extreme is actually spot on. It felt like I was watching a version of my own years on the PTA but a richer version.

I still remember when I was on my first maternity leave with my second son (I had my first son in my second year at University so no break for me!), I was so excited to be getting some downtime from working full-time, studying
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Go On, Girl is a humorous chick lit/women's fiction story that explores the complexity of living in the suburbs and dramatizes the relationships within the cutthroat world of suburban moms.

Sydney Clayton is an executive, wife, and mother of six-year-old Amanda. Sydney tries to do everything for her family, especially when it comes to ensuring Amanda's happiness as she starts first grade. While Sydney and her corporate attorney husband Craig have lived in Forest River, NY for the past ten years,
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O...M...Geeeeeee! I am so in love with this book!

Ever read a book that you didn't want to put down because you wanted to keep reading? If you are anything like me, sleep is important to function as an adult so even at the wee hours of the night, I had to force myself to put down the kindle and catch some Zzzz's so that I could continue moving forward and function.

Go on Girl is an amazing, fun, totally relatable story about a woman who is trying to do it all and not lose herself in the process. J
Mahathi Ramya
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect family humor that I have read recently. Sydney is a working mom and a parent of little girl Amanda who is a first grader in Forest River Elementary school. While she is busy managing work and office, her life takes a turn when she becomes treasurer in Forest River school PTA. The office work, PTO meetings, work related to PTO, gossips, and warnings of other PTO moms drive Sydney crazy. As luck would have it, she and her husband Craig have to deal with the pressure of selling th ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly didn’t know how or if I would relate to this book since I am not a mother and have no knowledge of school PTAs. But, as a huge fan of Hilary Grossman’s books, I knew I had to give it a chance. I was pleasantly surprised and hooked from the very start. I couldn’t imagine doing the things Sydney did in order to fit in and make sure her little girl, Amanda, enjoyed school and made lots of friends.

As women, we tend to put ourselves in situations we may not be comfortable in and often we
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Another fun book by Hilary! She writes books that make me laugh and sympathize with the characters.

I had a love/hate relationship with Sydney. Many times she made me insane with her need to be around her child or available to her child all the time and how much she catered to her daughter. I grew up in a different time with a different mindset and believe that a child will be better off if they have to deal with certain issues on their own, even at age 6!

But as I delved further into the book, it
Bethany Clark
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the new turn that Hilary took this time around and shifted her focus on us moms and that craziness that sometimes follows us around.

We may not have experienced the exact same situations, but we have all seen, known, been or are PTA moms and that world is cut throat. People think that it's all rosy and play dates with cupcakes and unicorns but those women are CRAZY!

I personally joined once for a very short time and realized that I needed to save the little sanity I have left (mom of three
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve followed my reviews, then you probably know I have read all of Hilary Grossman’s books and have loved them all! After reading her debut novel, Dangled Carat, Hilary has easily become one of my go-to authors!

“Go On, Girl” was quite different from her previous books and I found it to be quite refreshing. At first, I was a little hesitant because I don’t have kids and didn’t think I could relate, but the drama between Sydney and other moms from her daughter’s school was not only entertain
Thanks so much to the author for this ARC.

I love "mommy chick lit" even though I'm not a mommy.

A fun book to read. I learned a lot about the PTA and "mean" moms. I laughed out loud all throughout the book with the PTA antics and also Sydney's mother-in-law and their quest to not to sell their perfect house but getting an offer they couldn't resist. Amanda, their 6 year old daughter was so precocious and took everything in stride much more so than Sydney sometimes. Sydney did take her good old t
Book Addict
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Go On, Girl by Hilary Grossman and have to say it was a fun book! It's got PTA/PTO drama, best friend angst and kid involvement via the playground, classroom, dance class and soccer.

Although my kids are grown and have kids of their own, it didn't take much reading before the memories of when they were in elementary school came flooding back. There are funny parts where the adults behave more like children and parts about parents' worries for their children.

If you are a pa
Glynis Astie
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must admit to being pretty excited when I read the synopsis of Go On, Girl. I’m always up for reading one of Ms. Grossman’s novels, as she is quite talented, but her foray into Mom Lit piqued my interest even more. From the first few pages, I was impressed by her realistic rendering of the chaotic, emotional and often frustrating life of a mom with school-aged children. I planted myself in a chair with a glass of wine and let this delightful author spin Sydney’s tale of anticipation, disbelief ...more
Samantha March
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to a Hilary Grossman release, and reading the synopsis for Go On, Girl had me eager to read this one. Thought I am yet to have any children myself, I have such a good time reading mommy-lit style of fiction. Sydney is mother to her first-grade daughter, a wife and a busy executive in the corporate world. And then she joins the PTA. It was interesting to see the dynamic Sydney has with the other moms in the PTA and how friendships grow, the extra miles she is willing to go f ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook version of this book.
I think this really hits home for me because there was always a group of the popular kids whose parents were over involved and who were the center of attention because their parents were super active in the PTA. This is whole book exemplifies daily politicking of small organizations like the PTA at its finest. I loved the realistic nature of Sydney's PTA involvement as well as her lack of genuine enthusiasm to be involved as well. There are reall
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I could love this book any more than I do. A fantastic read that moms alike will be able to relate to. Grossman has you laughing, biting your nails, yelling at your e-reader, and rooting for the characters. I even ended up liking a character by the end that I originally hated! Grossman's writing is a fresh of breath air on a warm summer day! ...more
Ellen Pilch
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I received a free Kindle copy of GO On, Girl in exchange for a fair review on my blog. All opinions are my own. I loved this books so I thought I would put reviews on here and Amazon.
This is Hilary's fourth book and once again, she doesn't disappoint.

This book is about a working mom, Sydney. She is happily married with a 6 year old daughter who means the world to her. She ends up on the PTA with a bunch of snobby women, but puts up with them so her daughter will be accepted by
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this after winning a goodreads giveaway and it was such an enjoyable read. I was worried I wouldn't connect since I'm not a mom, but I just fell in love with Sydney. She was so relatable! Well written, funny and a quick read. Would definitely read more from this author! ...more
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Hilary Grossman is a recovering corporate executive. She spends her mornings and weekends hanging out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to ...more

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