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A laugh-out-loud debut novel for anyone who’s tried to live the perfect life—and learned the hard way there’s no such thing.

Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of
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Published December 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Nursebookie
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

Thank you to Julie Valerie and Lake Union Publishing for the advanced electronic copy of this amazing debut book that gave me so much joy and happiness the entire time I was reading.

I felt like Julie Valerie entered my brain and knew exactly what all my hidden insecurities were about taking on the most important job in the entire universe, and that is becoming a mother. Holly Banks Full of Angst is a definite must read. You will enjoy the story line, and the many laugh out loud moments
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.5 stars!

Are you looking for a lighthearted read? One that never takes itself too seriously? Holly and her family recently moved to the town aptly named Primm. Enter PTA President, Mary Margaret St. James. She has high demands of her school’s moms, and she has Holly in her sights. This felt like a satire on trying to be the perfect mom and trying to fit in within the mom crowd, and I found the drama and escapades to be a nice escape.

I received a complimentary copy.

Many of my reviews can also
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Rebecca
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book, like most of the Amazon First Reads that I have been unfortunate enough to download, was not worth finishing. It was supposed to be funny, but what little I read was increasingly upsetting. I should have selected the children's book about the little grey blob instead.
Lori Spielman
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly Banks Full of Angst is a must-read for any mother who sometimes feels inadequate—and what mother doesn’t? With vivid scenes that make us laugh and cringe in equal measures, Julie Valerie’s depiction of motherly angst is palpable. Valerie creates in Holly Banks a wholly relatable, refreshingly genuine protagonist, shamed by the seemingly perfect suburban mothers surrounding her. With themes of new beginnings, the quest for perfection, motherhood and marriage, Valerie delivers lessons in ...more
Sonja Yoerg
Ever wonder what would happen if Liane Moriarty could channel the late Robin Williams? Me neither—until I read this astonishing debut, a modern allegorical marvel. Holly Banks Full of Angst is as whimsical and charming as its namesake, but don’t dare mistake it for simple fluff. Valerie absolutely skewers Parenting While Privileged, and somehow pulls it off without preaching or condescending, thanks to the inimitable goofball heroine, Holly, the (questionably) sane person in the insane (but ...more
Berit☀️✨
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019, fun
Peacocks. And Pies. And My Little Pony.... Oh my!

This was such a fun feel good story that made me smile, laugh, and crave some pie!

LRTC
Nursebookie
Thank you to Julie Valerie and Lake Union Publishing for the advanced electronic copy of this amazing debut book that gave me so much joy and happiness the entire time I was reading.

I felt like Julie Valerie entered my brain and knew exactly what all my hidden insecurities were about taking on the most important job in the entire universe, and that is becoming a mother. Holly Banks Full of Angst is a definite must read. You will enjoy the story line, and the many laugh out loud moments that
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Toya
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, rom-com
Holly Banks Full of Angst is a charmingly hilarious story that highlights the craziness that life becomes when juggling marriage, kids, and over the top PTAs.

Holly Banks and her husband moved to the idyllic and utterly pretentious Village of Primm. If you’ve ever seen Stepford Wives, it’s definitely Stepford. Their five year old daughter Ella is just starting kindergarten, and if being new to town isn’t bad enough, Holly is crumbling under the pressure of being a Primm school mom.

While I may
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mich
Almost all those editorial reviews praising this book on the amazon page has the word “wit” or “witty” in it. Yeah I guess you could say this has wit, but it was the desperate, trying too hard kind.

I felt like this book was telling me “Aren’t I so funny!!?!” every few pages.

No. No, you aren’t.

I didn't finish this. DNF around 30% you couldn’t pay me to try to finish this thing
Amy
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much...

I thought I’d relate to this book but the characters were so over the top.

I’m from a “ keeping up with the Joneses” type of place like Primm but I chose to move to the “Southern Lakes” type of town to raise my kids because I’m so very far from the “Perfect Mom” type and I loathe people who try to portray themselves as such.

So I thought I’d identify with Holly and her struggle against the Stepford PTA moms, but both sides were unlikeable in my opinion.

Mostly it was because it was
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Megan (Glitter and Plato)
Ok, I'm just gonna be honest and say this book wasn't for me.

The story centers on Holly Banks who recently moved to the upscale Village of Primm right before her daughter starts kindergarten. Holly is basically a hot mess compared to the picture perfect mothers of Primm, and she has a heck of a time making a good impression and fitting in. But as she gets to know the families around her, she realizes that everything inside the house is not as manicured and perfect as their front lawn's
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Alysia
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“Apple pies are too easy for this town,” Greta said. “If it was easy— it wouldn’t be Primm.”

What was the last book you read that made you laugh out loud? Well, Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie was just that read for me! Holly Banks and her family have just moved to the community of Primm, with its prime real estate and highly sought-after school system. During her 5 year old’s first week of Kindergarten, Holly faces a multitude of mishaps: she can’t seem to get her daughter to the bus
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Suzy Krause
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I could not put it down. I loved the time I spent with Holly Banks in the Stars Hollow-esque Village of Primm—an eerily immaculate town with unwritten but unbendable rules and fast-talking caricatures of people we all know in real life. Holly is the perfect heroine: flawed, impulsive and self-deprecating, but also deeply relatable, lovable, and hilarious. This book was pure fun (but I cried a little).
Lorilin
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Over the top and unrealistic. I love the idea of a down-to-earth mom trying to navigate the weirdly competitive and judgmental PTA at her kid’s new school. But this was so ridiculous it stopped being entertaining. Every character was one-dimensional and uninteresting to me. I wasn’t invested in the story at all.
Morgan Clift
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I want to thank @netgalley and Julie for the digital copy of this book! I absolutely adored this book and as a mom with anxiety this spoke to me on a level that so many women hide, moms are mean and you’re always being judged. I loved how the ending turned out because once you let go and start being yourself you see we are all in this together just trying to do our best for our kids without losing ourselves. I hope there’s more to come and thank you again for a wonderful story of real ...more
Kathleen
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have discovered that I am satire impaired. While others found this book to be witty and clever, I thought it was boring and silly. It might have worked in 1950 but 2019 women are more diverse and less likely to act like desperate middle schoolers. I'm not sure what the author thought she was satirizing because there are precious few of us who have the time or energy to play these games when we are just hoping go keep our heads above water and our families safe.
Dee Blankenship
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
A big thank you to @julievalerieauthor @netgalley and @lakeunionauthors for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this novel!

Holly Banks Full of Angst will hit bookstores on December 1, 2019

Holly Banks is ready to settle in to her new home in the quaint Village of Prim .
Everything is so perfect in Prim! Beautiful homes, Pintrest worthy porches and scrapbooking, pie making, PTA Moms.

Holly on the other hand is stressed out with unpacking, getting her daughter ready for Kindergarten, keeping
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Melissa
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been wanting to read this novel for a long time. Ever since Julie Valerie announced she was writing it, in fact. And thankfully, the story was worth the wait!

Holly Banks Full of Angst is a fun story throughout. While this is Julie's first time at bat, she hit it out of the park. Holly was extremely relatable, as were the situations she got herself into. There were a lot of things that Holly was experiencing that even filled me with angst. I could definitely relate to moving to a new town
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Desiree
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I would like to thank Julie Valerie, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for a free advanced electronic copy of this book.

Holly Banks Full of Angst is a must-read for any mother who has felt the pressure to be perfect. This book was unputdownable and the most laugh-out-loud funny book that I have probably ever read. The main character, Holly, is completely relatable. As the mother of a 5 year old son who just started kindergarten this year, I have felt the way Holly feels too many times to
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Toni
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a Kindle First Reads for November, by a Debut author and it came at just the right time. We had high winds in our area yesterday so our power was out for a few hours, but wifi was out all day. Luckily, my Kindle was charged was lots of books; this new d/l earlier in the day. Perfect, I needed a lighthearted read.
This turned out to be perfect. Julie Valerie created a great story by moving a new family to a town called Primm. Her husband had a new job, her daughter Ella was started
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Carmina Valdizán
Nov 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was my selection for November Amazon First Reads. It was supposed to be ”funny,” even hilarious, said some. For my taste, the story is tedious and meaningless, or it's simply not my kind of reading material. In either case, it was the wrong choice for me.
Christine Savage
I have never read a book with such a relatable MC. While I may not be a parent, I can appreciate the struggle. I can already tell you, I will be the mom in my PJs dropping off my child. This book was laugh-out-loud funny, with some uncomfortable situations. It not only tells of the ups and downs of surviving parenthood and overbearing PTA presidents, it also shows the imperfections of everyday life in a family.
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This charming and witty book is set to release on December 1st and I would recommend
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Savannah Porter
Holly Banks's arrival in the village of Primm brings on a crazy adventure, complete with a crazy PTA president, her daughter's first days of kindergarten, and learning the "hip" ways of Primm. Every chapter has craziness, humor, cringing, and mom life, and the plot moves quite fast, taking place in only a week. In fact, the plot is so fast that I needed a break from all the craziness. And many of the things that happened seemed too unrealistic and too crazy to me. How many bad things can happen ...more
Samantha Bailey
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With astonishing wit, razor-sharp dialogue, and pitch-perfect pacing, Julie Valerie has created a masterpiece about motherhood. Holly Banks Full of Angst is absolutely hilarious yet also deeply poignant, with some of the best lines I’ve ever read. Both satire and upmarket women’s fiction, this novel will be beloved by readers everywhere. I received an advance reader copy.
Laurens Bookish Life
In my opinion, any book that makes me laugh out loud so much that my husband stops what he’s doing and asks me to read what is so funny is a five-star book! That is exactly what Holly Banks Full of Angst had me doing!

Holly Banks and her family have just moved into the prestigious Village of Primm where everything is perfect. The school is perfect, the houses are perfect, and most of all the moms are perfect. Each one plays an active role in their child’s education by volunteering, thanks to
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Katie P
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Julie Valerie and Netgalley for the advanced copy.

OK, I don't even know where to start with this review! It was hilarious and is a must read for any mom striving to keep up with those other perfect PTA moms (you know who they are). I found myself snort laughing so often because not only was the book funny, but I could relate to Holly Banks in so many ways.

Holly moves to a new neighborhood, the Village of Primm, which I pictured as one of those picture perfect wealthy communities in
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Jenna
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Holly Banks Full of Angst was exactly what I needed when I picked it up! A huge thank you to the author ( who is the absolute sweetest ) NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read this book prior to the release date.


From beginning to end this book was delightful and laugh out loud hilarious. I adored every single character but of course Holly was my favorite and the most relatable. Holly is a mom trying to adjust to a lot of changes. She’s moved into a new town where she doesn’
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Heather
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to my November reading with this book! It’s a fun story that made me laugh out loud and reread some parts just to laugh some more. This book is a smooth, easy read. I’ve been having problems concentrating recently but I was able to read this one even with TV noises and my kids talking. It was just so easy to get sucked in.
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Something else I like about this book is the reminder to moms to not compare themselves with other moms. What you see on social media isn’t the whole story and we
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Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
Holly Banks and her family have just moved the beautiful town of Primm. Everything in Primm is just that, primm, proper, and perfect. All the mothers are mom of the year and always volunteer for all school events. Mary Margaret St James sees that they do. Except Holly has just moved, and wants to unpack and settle her baby into kindergarten before getting wrapped up in volunteer activities. Well that, is just unacceptable!

Y’all know I love me some adults behaving badly, and this book certainly
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Carol Boyer
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect book for any young mother who is new in town, who feels like she can't do anything right, finds herself faced with perfect PTA Moms who expect over the top volunteer help. Holly Banks has recently moved into the perfect town of Primm. Mary Margaret is the perfect PTA president, totally outrageous and you might want to smack her. The whole situation will make you cringe, but you can't help but laugh at the overwhelming ridiculous tasks assigned to Holly and then - wait- how she ...more
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Holly Banks Full of Angst, Book One in the Village of Primm series, is Julie Valerie's debut novel, available now for pre-order, publishing December 1, 2019, with Lake Union.

Julie is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge and serves on the board of directors of James River Writers. She earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and has a master's degree in
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