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Big Little Lies meets Class Mom

The meddling moms of Forest River live for a good scandal. Speculation surrounding Claire Conroys sex life has fueled the rumor mill for years. Now, when Claire returns home from a trip to Italy separated from her husband of thirteen years, the imaginations of the Lululemon-clad ladies who lunch spin into overdrive. As the gossipmongers
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Published March 24th 2020
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Meredith Schorr
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The PTA fun began with Go On Girl and continues with Mom Genes. As an aside, Hilary Grossman has the best titles!!

Although Mom Genes is the second book in the series, both play out over the same period of time so it really doesnt matter which one you read first.

Claire is a newly single mom dealing with the fallout of her divorce, her selfish ex, three children, and a group of friends (PTA moms) who seem to vacillate from friend to enemy every other day!

I really enjoyed watching Claire navigate
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
The Forest River PTA moms are at it again!

When I first started reading this book I was confused because it felt like I had already read this book.  What I didn't realize is that this series covers the same time period but from a different perspective compared to Go On, Girl.  Once I had that in my mind, I was off to the races.

Claire is the focus of this book and she takes such a beating on her personal life.  Her husband has left her, the moms think she is having an affair, and then let's not
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MaryAnn
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mom Genes is a great follow-up story to Hilary Grossman's Go On, Girl. The PTA moms are back and they are just as intense and driven as ever.

Being allergic to drama myself, I was probably surrounded by these types of women during my children's school days, but didn't know it. That's probably why I find these books such fast reads. I love getting the inside peek at the politics of who's in, who's out and who is being gossiped about now.

Not only did Hilary Grossman do a great job of capturing the
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Janine
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book so good, its worthy of its own reality show.

Gossip, rumors and parental politics strike the PTA moms of Forest River once again. This time they are focused on Claire Conroys newly single status. But Claire doesnt let them bring her down. As she deals with her inconsiderate ex, searching for a job and going on one disastrous date after another, I couldnt help but feel bad for her and laugh a little remembering the bad dates I went on when I was single. Claire finally finds Mr. Right when
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Jennifer
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
This was such a great book. IT was such a quick read. I couldnt put it down. The characters were so relatable, especially as a mom, I felt like I was drinking wine with my besties. There were so many emotions throughout the book, There were times you laughed with Claire and times you felt for her,. Her family was hilarious. Such a good laugh out out book! I highly recommend.

*received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.*
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Carla
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mom Genes is the perfect follow up to Hilarys first book. I could not put this book down I love the characters, the plot, the humour just about everything in this story!

We return to Forest River and the lives of the PTA Moms that live there. These Moms really only want the best for their children but will stop at nothing to ensure this, some are downright mean. We have elaborate parties, gifts, school trips, vacations and more. This novel is centred around Claire, who is trying to recover from
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Kathleen
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Mom Genes, the second book of the Forest River PTA Moms series, the reader is transported back to Forest River, NY, where they catch up with the lives of the PTA moms. In this installment, the focus is on thirty-nine year old stay-at-home mom, Claire Conroy.

After thirteen years of marriage, Claire and husband Kevin's marriage hasn't been going well for some time, and they decide to separate. The tongues start wagging in this small town, rumors abound that Claire has been unfaithful, espcially
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another deliciously enjoyable story from Forest River, reminiscent of how petty some adults can be!

Following on from the first novel in this series, Go On, Girl, this time round the story focuses on a different member of the Forest Rivers PTA. Claire Conroy has always been a committed mom to her three children; unlike their father who has other priorities. When the marriage ends in them splitting up, the rumour mill goes into overdrive and Claire has a really hard time of it. Trusting that her
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Jena Henry
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books in the contemporary mothering and parenthood genre was You go, Girl, the first novel in the Forest River PTA Moms series. I couldnt wait to read Mom Genes, the second book in the series, yes- its the one with the equally fabulous cover. Love the title, too.

Readers who are familiar with the series, as well as those who might be starting with this book- its easy to get back into the sheltered, pampered, upper-class world of the out-of-control PTA Moms. This time, Claire is
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Tiffany
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilary has taken the experiences so many woman have personally gone through and made it relatable and fun.  She tells the story in a way that makes us feel that we aren't as crazy as we sometimes think, even if the truth is we maybe are.

It's the story of a woman who's world is tossed upside down. Claire has to overcome the obstacles of an ugly divorce to a man whom she once upon a time adored and juggle motherhood, friendships both real and fake and the daunting task of dating to find real love
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Beth Ann
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mom Genes, a follow up to Hilary Grossman's Go On, Girl is a fun book with just enough humor injected in the writing to keep it flowing quickly. Forest River PTA and the moms are at it again with more than their share of drama and gossip. Claire Conroy is newly single and it appears that her love life is the topic that everyone wants to weigh in on.

Several characters in the book are interesting and while all of the moms want only the best for their children sometimes the way that they go about
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Sheri
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I want to start this out by saying that I wasn't even aware that this is a follow-up book to the author's first book in her Forest River series. I had no trouble keeping up, so I think it does well as a standalone. I found it to be wonderful! Funny, endearing and oh so relatable. I remember these school days filled with PTA meetings of parental politics. Backstabbing, gossip and rumors - I definitely don't miss those. You have to admire Claire for not letting it get to her. She's dealing with an ...more
Kathy Lewison
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mom Genes is the second installment of the series. However, this time we hear from Claire, newly divorced and still trying to navigate through the gossip. I really liked seeing how Claire managed her new role in life, while still involved in the PTA. My only question, are women really like that?!?!

Wonderfully written!
Laura
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mom Genes is a terrifying tale... wait. Let me back up. Grossman has painted such a realistic portrayal of the drama-ridden PTA moms that I'm thinking about homeschooling my child. It's an impressive level of character detail and development.

One of the things that I like about Claire is that she's not your basic early 20s chicklit heroine. She's got three kids. She's going through a divorce with the type of guy who gives all fathers a bad name. She's also poised, self-possessed, and driven. She
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Tracy
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grossman has done it again with the second book in the Forest River PTA Moms series. Full of scandal and laugh out loud moments, youll find Mom Genes is the perfect fit for your next read. ...more
Jill (chill_jilland_read)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anyone else a fan of reality TV wives and Dance Moms? Are you here for all of that? If so, then read Hilary Grossman's latest novel, Mom Genes for a quick fix of all things MAMA DRAMA.

(From the book) The meddling moms of Forest River live for a good scandal. Speculation surrounding Claire Conroys sex life has fueled the rumor mill for years. Now, when Claire returns home from a trip to Italy separated from her husband of thirteen years, the imaginations of the Lululemon-clad ladies who lunch
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Gmr
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Remember high school?
Remember all the little cliques and gossip, head games and sad tricks, backstabbing and face-to-face lying? Yeah...now add on a decade or two and BOOM...you've got the PTA mom's you'd never hope to be a part of. Don't get me wrong, there were a few among them that had their moments, but they were short lived as pretty much none of them had the guts, the hutzpah, the backbone to stand up for themselves, and away from the pack. I guess it never really gets THAT much
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Jennifer
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I finished this book last night and I had to seat back and go over my thoughts before I could write my review. Mom Genes is not my typical read, with that being said Hilary Grossman did a great job at drawing me in right away.

It was an addictive read, a bunch of PTA moms equals gossip, rumors and backstabbing. What is more intriguing than that right?

Even though there was a lot of drama there was also laugh out loud moments. This book honestly has everything. I felt like I was reading a
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Phyllis Jones Pisanelli
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mom Genes by Hilary Grossman is book 2 of 3 in the Forest River PTA Moms Series. Although this book is part of a series, I didn't feel I was missing anything by reading the second book first. I found this book very entertaining and it kept my interest. I thought I was almost done and was going to stay up and finish it but, to my surprise there was an excerpt for Go On, Girl.

I don't have children and I still enjoyed this novel. It was fun to experience the malicious gossip and back biting that
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Rose
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story made me laugh. The PTA members of Forrest River school are meddling and full of gossip and drama. They are now focused on fellow member Claire's love life. The whole town is talking about how she came back from a trip to Italy with her husband and 3 children separated and divorced. Then a new man moved into her house soon after. What a scandle. Claire let's them gossip for a bit before breaking the news to them who this new man really is. (I laughed at this part when she reveals it). ...more
Mindy
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is like the Mean Girls of the PTA! These women take their position on the PTA committee very serious and who belongs and doesn't. This has gossip in the loads, misinformation runs rapid through the outsiders of the group. Claire is newly single, fighting a battle of finding a new normal and take care of three kids. From fighting with her kids' absentee father with his new girlfriend to bad app dates to bad gossip pointed at her Claire is just trying to keep her life going. Very entertaining ...more
Gail Roberts
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This one was barely okay. I am sure there are extreme examples of these moms in real life, but most of their conversations and actions feel so unbelievable and silly to me. Like how a middle schooler might envision life as a mom with drama would be. I had so many questions of common sense...like why did the main character have such a hard time just telling people that the guy she is rumored to have had an affair with is actually her relative. Instead she had to stage some odd public scene at her ...more
Jo Gordon
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A funny book about the PTA and Mom guilt.
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DeAnna Ellison
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

This was a pretty fun book. It was a quick read that kept me interested. Its actually funny my oldest is getting ready to go to school next year and this book being centered around a grade school PTA made it even more intriguing. It was funny, scandalous, and drama filled. I will more then likely be looking into some of her other titles to try to keep up with the Forest River Moms
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By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her characters. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. Shes 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 keep many balls in the air before ...more

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