A refreshingly honest, laugh-out-loud novel about losing the life you always wanted…and finding the life you were meant to have.
For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore he...more
Trophy Life is about Agnes’ jou ...more
This happy life comes to an abrupt halt when Jack doesn't arrive for their usual couples massage. Agnes is info ...more
Agnes Parsons hasn’t had much to worry about. She has a home in Santa Monica with staff who take care of everything, and she simply has to look good and keep her much older husband happy.
Until one day her husband disappears, and Agnes is all alone with an infant daughter with no staff…and no money.
Agnes has no choice but to get a job teaching in a boys’ boarding school in the Bronx. East coast living teaching twelve-year-olds is quite ...more
Lea Geller’s debut was witty and heartwarming. A fun story with some depth. A lovely tale about second chances and finding out who you really are.
Agnes is living the good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, a staff to take care of said beautiful daughter and days full of yoga and lunches with friends. Then one day Agnes‘s husband Jack does not show up for their couples massage, something is wrong. Soon Agnes finds out that Jack is i ...more
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This book blended these emotional raw scenes with fantastically humorous commentary, giving it a lot of depth that you may not have guessed at. The cover projects rom-com, but don’t mistake this book for any sort of a love st ...more
Maybe this was nothing. Maybe something came up at work and he really was just running late. But Jack didn't run late. Jack never ran late. I thought about what Lynne said about missed payments and unreturned phone calls, and an awful, familiar feeling that I could not shake off started moving up through me.
Agnes is living the good life in Santa Monica, CA. She is married to a wealthy investment manager, Jack, and they have a one year old, Grace. Agnes can have anything she wants and ...more
I know there are going to be a lot of people that will LOVE Trophy Life by Lea Geller but unfortunately I didn't love it as much as I was hoping to.
What it's about: Agnes Parsons did not have the best childhood, her parents died when she was young and she had to bounce around from foster home to foster home without much to call her own. So when she gets the chance to marry a man older than her, but who is stable and has lots of money to provide for her, she obviously takes it. She als ...more
I enjoyed the parts of the story that involved the boarding school, and in particular, Agnes's interactions with the boys.
However, the story line involving Agnes, her husband, her marriage, and their financial situation was exasperating. I didn't feel an ounce of sympathy or empathy for Agnes, who had managed to get herself into this situation by being dense and choosing to remain ignorant and who whined a lot and didn't grow up until the last few pages.
From the description, I ...more
Agnes is living the dream, she has a gorgeous house in Santa Monica, an adoring husband and a sweet baby daughter. Her only “job” is to look good for her husband, their hired help takes care of the rest and when her entire world gets flipped upside down and she is force ...more
Watching Agnes learn to rely on herself again, something she hadn’t done since meeting Jack, is an interesting story, however, the highlight of Trophy Life for me was the relationship Agnes formed with her middle sch ...more
Agnes and Jack Parsons seem to have it all - the beach house, expensive dates, and a house staff to take care of all of their needs. Then one day Agnes goes to their usual sushi spot where they planned to have dinner but Jack never shows. Quickly Agnes realizes that she is on her own with their infant daughter, no money, no home, and no Jack.
Agnes is given a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx with a pest-infested home. A far cry from her outlandish life in Sant ...more
But of course - money can also be the root of all evil - fostering greed, and indulgence, and sometimes money can be the reason your husband just leaves you high and dry one day.
Such is the ...more
Jack vanishes along with his money. It appears he got into some trou ...more
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BOOK REVIEW: TROPHY LIFE BY LEA GELLER
Reading Trophy Life, I anticipate hijinks, hilarious mom moments & the beloved “you’re better off without him vibe”. After reading it, I realize Lea Geller digs deeper & creates a story about someone truly rediscovering who they are & more important, who they want to be.
I swear, expectations are half a book. Looking a th ...more
As a mom, I really enjoyed the parts of the story where Agnes, the main character, struggled with mot ...more
This book started so slow, it took me so long to get into the story. I really thought this book wasn't my cup of tea, but unexpectedly, I really enjoyed the last 40%. In the last 40%, the pacing picked up and I felt like that was where everything was happening. I finally saw some character development and some pieces started to fall into place. It is sad because I think I really could've liked this story if it was more fast-paced du ...more
This book was about a woman who married a man decades her senior for the stability and family life that she never had. Oh, wait, her husband micromanages and controls her every move pretty much? Well that's okay, because she wanted to be controlled and micromanaged by her husband. Anyway, said husband gets into lots of trouble at work, so she needs to get sent away to a boarding school for delinquents in NY, to t ...more
We get a small glimpse into the 'trophy life' that Agnes lea ...more
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would because it had more depth than I realized.
Reading the descroptoin I thought it would be a light and fluffy chick lit sort of book. It was so much more.
Agnes went from pampered and spoiled, getting massages and what not, having a nanny who spent more time with her baby than Agnes did, having a housekeeper.............to
A middle school teacher in hiding sent to spy on the headmistress for her husband.
Agnes grew on me as ...more