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Mom Genes

(Forest River PTA Moms)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Big Little Lies meets Class Mom

The meddling moms of Forest River live for a good scandal. Speculation surrounding Claire Conroy’s 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 cre
Published March 24th 2020
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Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mom Genes by Hillary Grossman

This is the second book in the Forest River PTA Moms series, following Go On, Girl.

I have not read the first book and took me a minute as to who the characters were and I read the book just fine and enjoyed it so much!

Claire Conroy returns from a trip and in the process of separating from her husband Kevin, when a huge blow-up of speculations to her potential infidelity comes into play. I love the MacBook slamming infuriating emotions by Claire and all the laugh out
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 doesn’t 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 naviga
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 ev
Book Addict
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
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 Conroy’s newly single status. But Claire doesn’t 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 couldn’t 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 whe
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
This was such a great book. IT was such a quick read. I couldn’t 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.*
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
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Now when Clarie 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.” This book was fun, light, entertaining and a fast read! I loved the humor from the gossipy strategical PTA moms of Forest River Elementary School. It gave me Big Little Lies meets A Simple favor vibes. I picked up this book initially from the description but halfway through the book I realized that author Hilary Grossman m ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mom Genes is the perfect follow up to Hilary’s 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 f
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
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 f
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 couldn’t wait to read Mom Genes, the second book in the series, yes- it’s 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- it’s easy to get back into the sheltered, pampered, upper-class world of the out-of-control PTA Moms. This time, Claire
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
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
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!
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 r
Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews
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 we
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
Kristen//Gen Y Mama
I enjoyed the change of perspective from Sydney’s point of you in Go On Girl to Claire’s. There’s certainly a welcome twist when it comes to that all encompassing rumor. A quick read with a few laughs, and some cringeworthy moments, moms can’t possibly email each other in the same manner as outlined in this book, can they?? Highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys chick lit, easily something that can be read on the beach or by the pool.
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, you’ll find Mom Genes is the perfect fit for your next read.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book. Entertaining and funny Story about how crazy parents get. This is “Mean Girls” taken to another level by cutthroat, social climbing PTA moms.
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 Conroy’s 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 s
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? add on a decade or two and'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 easier...w
Samantha March
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of Go On, Girl from Hilary Grossman, that first introduced us to the PTA moms of Forest River. I also do consider Hilary a friend, and have known her for years and also worked with her on past novels. I had a feeling she would deliver another fun one with Mom Genes, and I was right. Scandals, broken friendships and fighting through social media is the name of the game for this group. This story focuses on Claire and her recent separation from her husband. Already struggling with ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

This was a great sequel to Go On, Girl! Having read the first book in the Forest River PTA Moms series, I looked forward to seeing what was in store for Claire. The same chaotic behaviors from former PTA members was on full display here, reminding me of why I’ve always been a bit cautious of potentially signing up for my own children’s PTA.

I loved how Grossman threw in a few twists and turns regarding the origins and facts behin
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life can throw you so many curves that your head spins faster than the meanest pitch that ever was thrown! In Hillary Grossman's novel "Mom Genes" a woman has to remember who's her real friends are and who she can rely on when times get tough!

Kids, school PTA, marriage problems and some really cut throat moms give the main character in Grossman's book some massive migraines. Looking for answers to her problems, this harried mother is turned this way and that but does she stop for friends or love
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Claire Conroy's marriage has imploded and the rumour mill of moms at Forest River Elementary School are abuzz with gossip - whether any of it is remotely true or not is not a factor.

Behind the carefully curated, picture-perfect existence each woman tries to uphold hides a normal woman, vulnerable to being hurt, betrayed and other realities life throws at them..

Interspersed with emails from a well meaning friend who adds drama to Claire's life by forwarding her the gossip, we travel along Claire'
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
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
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Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this second book in the series! I thought the author did a great job of illustrating the joys and pains (oh, so many pains) that go along with a PTA. The characters were catty, gossipy, and pretty self-centered, but were also fiercely protective of their friends. It was a satisfying balance. I enjoyed visiting with the ladies again, and I look forward to the next book. For more details, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. This review was written based on a d ...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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