Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Holly Banks Full of Angst (Village of Primm #1)” as Want to Read:
Holly Banks Full of Angst (Village of Primm #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Holly Banks Full of Angst

(Village of Primm #1)

by
2.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,531 ratings  ·  776 reviews
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 scho
...more
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Holly Banks Full of Angst, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Holly Banks Full of Angst

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 2.93  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,531 ratings  ·  776 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Holly Banks Full of Angst (Village of Primm #1)
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. ...more
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 lo
...more
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
...more
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
...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Do you ever think that a book was just simply meant for you to read when you did? I had been having a really stressful few weeks at work when my copy of Holly Banks Full of Angst arrived and when I started reading it, I immediately knew it was just what I needed. Holly is beautifully imperfect and filled with the sort of hysterical hijinks that just made me forget my worries and relax for awhile!

This book truly had me laughing out loud at every turn. I did a mix of audio and physical book this t
...more
Berit☀️✨
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun, 2019, arc-physical
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
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.
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 whol ...more
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 hos ...more
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 pa
...more
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 Ho
...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. ...more
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk


Holly Banks isn’t a perfect mom. But she surely isn’t a bad one. Even though she brings her daughter late to the first day of kindergarden.
And hits the bus while being there.
In Pyjamas.

This was a fun, light read. It reminded me a little bit about the whole background story in "Bad moms".
But it wasn’t a story for me. I was absolutely stressed out when I read what happened in Hollys life.
Like absolutely. Stressed. Out.
And I didn’t really warm up with the whole style of the book.
The writing
...more
Fall-Out-Book-Nerd
I was sent an eARC of this book from the publisher through netgalley to review.

Getting straight to the point, this was just over the top, cringey, forced humour with a very simplistic plot. I have seen a couple other reviews likening this to the movie Bad Moms and I could definitely see why within the first couple of chapters. I might have actually enjoyed this if it was a movie but at the same time I think it's been done so many times that I could guess what was happening next and it just made
...more
Rojita
Nov 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never. Reading. A. Free. FirstRead. PrimeBook. Ever. Again. 🤦‍♀️
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 landscap
...more
Khurram
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Surviving Anxiety

This is not my usual sort of book, there are parts of the book that are really good, and if you have partner who is a home carer many of the things in this book are spot on. The main downside of this book is it is a bit too slow for me. In this type of story I can understand why or even expect it, but not to my taste.

Holly Banks have moved to the village of Primm. Being an anxious person anyway she now has to contend with:

Meeting new people
A new place
Unpacking
A husband working
...more
ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie is a debut novel that I had so much fun reading! Valerie has a very unique writing style and while sometimes it was a little confusing, I loved that it was different from everything I have been reading lately, and it was a nice departure from thrillers!

Holly Banks Full of Angst is book one in the Village of Primm series, and what a great start it was. Holly Banks is such a funny character and even though I don't have kids, I can imagine that
...more
Bridget
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
One Star. I wanted to like this book. It was supposed to be a funny and light-hearted story about an overstressed, struggling mom whose daughter just started kindergarten in a "Stepford Wives" community, but it was just over the top and stupid. I forced myself to finish the book. I wanted to punch all of the main characters in the throat - Holly Banks, her husband, her mother, Mary-Margaret PTA Asshole President, and Plume, some peahen mascot BUSH? of Primm.

Strange, tried too hard to be funny an
...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
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 n
...more
Dianne
One Half Star

Free for a book is pretty good, right? Kindle Unlimited, Kindle First Reads, ARC's, Library books, etc.
Some times these freebies are just the best books, sometimes they are pretty good but they have issues which you can overlook. This book just made me want to tear my eyeballs out and then get drunk.
This was the most stomach roiling, un-witty, un-funny book I have ever tried to read.
The kid was a brat, the mother was a wimp, the PTA President was...I don't even know what to call her
...more
Terry
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This one just wasn't for me.
The plot sounded full of really good ideas, but something didn't work for me.
I couldn't relate to or become invested in it and had to force myself to finish it.
...more
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
...more
Jessica
Nov 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't 1 star books (on the if you don't have anything nice to say theory). However, I wanted to pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about this book. I was at an author's talk once and the moderator described how she loved "competency porn," which is to say that heroines who knew what they were doing, in at least one area of their lives, made for good reading. (I believe it was Sarah Wendell of Smart B*tches, Trashy Books.) And done right, which is extremely hard, the hapless heroine c ...more
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).
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. ...more
Dee Blankenship
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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
...more
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 lif ...more
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
...more
Jamele (BookswithJams)
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is the first book in the Village of Primm series, and Holly is a hot mess express. She loves her family, and after moving to the affluent community in the Village of Primm, she needs the acceptance of the school moms. How does that go? Ehhh, not the best. She starts off by getting on the wrong side of the Queen Bee, is not sure what is going on with her husband and his new female boss, and her daughter does everything to get out of going to school. And their dog, Struggle, oh I loved her. H ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Wildland
  • Remembrance
  • The Last Letter from Juliet
  • A Beginner's Guide to Free Fall
  • Your Perfect Year
  • Room to Breathe
  • The Other Family
  • The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock
  • A Royal Christmas Wish
  • The Lending Library
  • Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing
  • In the Shadow of the Sun (In the Shadow of the Sun, #1)
  • Today We Go Home
  • Sorry I Missed You
  • Perfectly Impossible
  • Songs from the Deep
  • Everything You Are
  • New York (The Crime Beat, #1)
See similar books…
172 followers
Standalones in a connected series, Holly Banks Full of Angst, Book One in the Village of Primm series, released December 1, 2019, with Lake Union. The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, Book Two in the series, releases November 24, 2020, also with Lake Union.

Julie earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and has a master's degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts i
...more

Other books in the series

Village of Primm (2 books)
  • The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks (Village of Primm #2)

Related Articles

Jennifer Weiner is the author of many bestsellers, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and Mrs. Everything. She's also a contributing opinion...
95 likes · 26 comments