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Little Wonders

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  88 reviews
If you like SMALL ADMISSIONS by Amy Poepell or CLASS MOM by Laurie Gelman you will love this novel about super mommies, private schools, and getting your worst moment plastered across the internet.

Her mommy meltdown is seen around the world!

When Quinn Barrett’s son refuses to wear his hand-crafted costume to the Little Wonders Preschool Happy Halloween Parade and Dance Par
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Katie B
This was a miss for me. I had actually started reading this book about a month ago and after about 30 pages or so decided to put it down and come back to it later because I wasn't really feeling it. And even though this time around I was able to keep reading and finish the book, I can't say I really got much out of the experience. I think it boils down to is I just didn't connect with the characters and therefore didn't have an interest in their lives. It probably also didn't help I had recently ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
I have to say, even as a non-mother I am completely hooked on these witty, laugh-out-loud books that give a glimpse into the chaotic mommy-world where perfection is demanded but impossible to achieve. Little Wonders by Kate Rorick is a complete delight to read, and a perfect book right now as we are away from it to remind ourselves that perfection is not attainable, and holding ourselves to that standard will never win in the long run!

The epitome of “First World Problems”, this book is filled wi
Quinn Barrett's mantra is about being perfect. But that all crumbles when she's caught on camera at the Little Wonders Preschool Halloween parade screaming at her young son, Hamilton, and destroying his (you guessed it) perfectly-created spaceship costume. As president of the Little Wonders board, a perfect mom, and a designer, Quinn supposedly has it all together. But when fellow Little Wonders mom Daisy McGulch captures her meltdown on her phone and it goes viral, Quinn's perfect life is over. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly I’m drawn to over the top, train wreck type of drama, whether that’s in a book, tv show or a movie and if there’s a side of sarcasm and sharp wit, I’m even more intrigued. Who’s with me? I know most of y’all loved Tiger King and couldn’t get enough of the drama. While Little Wonders isn’t quite as outrageous as TK it’s definitely dramatic and funny in it’s own right.

This follows two moms whose kids both attend the same prestigious preschool and they couldn’t be more different. Quinn
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-are, edelweiss
“In dark moments, when Quinn Barrett looked back and analyzed what caused the destruction of her entire life, she should have known that it would happen at the Little Wonders Preschool Happy Halloween Costume Parade (and Dance Party).”

After a long, trying day, Little Wonders Preschool Parent Association President, Quinn Barrett loses her temper when her three year old refuses to wear the Halloween costume she’d spent hours making. When her tantrum is caught on camera by another parent and inadve
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
We are all looking for "that" book right now and let me tell you, I think I found it!

Have you ever had one of those books that no matter what time it is, or how heavy your eyes are, you just couldn't put it down?  Well, LITTLE WONDERS was one of those for me.  This book was so good it was like I was watching Desperate Housewives pre-school moms version.

This book is like an out of control train.    Quinn, Shanna and Daisy, our three main characters not only have their own personal problems, but t
Nanette Fandino-Diaz
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that every Mom entering the world of parental involvement in school should read. It has a few characters that we can all relate to.

Quinn is the hyper organized, got her shit together, working mom, or is she?
Shanna is the bitchy, newly staying at home mom, who thinks that she can do everything better than Quinn, but can she?
Daisy is the new to the area, doesn't fit in with this mommy crowd mom, doesn't she?

Once we have children we begin on the new friendship adventure all over agai
Crystal Zavala
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tlcbooktours
I read Little Wonders by Kate Rorick and I loved it! Little Wonders features PTA mom, Quinn Barrett, who is caught on video having a full blown mommy melt-down. Daisy McGulch Stone moves to the upper middle class town and could care less about the politics of Little Wonders Preschool.
Quinn and Daisy find themselves becoming close friends, yet Daisy has a secret that she's keeping from Quinn.
Little Wonders was so relatable and quite funny! The perfect read for this chaotic time.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to LibraryThing and William Morrow Paperbacks for this ARC.

Not my type of book but sure appropriate for this day and age with people and videos going viral on social media. Didn't like any of the characters. They were stuck-up moms and their kids at an upper society pre-school.
2.5 stars

When I saw an arc of LITTLE WONDERS available to request, there was no way I wasn’t clicking on it: I’m obsessed with stories featuring “wild school shenanigans of upper class folks meddling in their children’s education.” It’s a niche genre but publishing always puts out a couple books per year.

I’m not a parent and I have zero experience with preschool. I can’t speak to the accuracy of those things; I can only assess how much I enjoyed the story.

Where the book shines is the discussio
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Wonders is a fresh take on the 21st century art of mommy shaming. The twist is that it’s done with heart -and humor.
Quinn Barrett is trying to do it all and do it all perfectly. Achieve partner status at her job, take care of her young son Hamilton, keep her husband happy and be the best president ever of the Little Wonders Parent’s Association. The problem, of course, is that life is not at all perfect. Hamilton is not potty trained; her husband seems to need a lot of spin classes and Qu
I found this book very enjoyable! It was relatable, funny and entertaining, and a quick read for me. I loved following along with our two main characters Daisy and Quinn. Quinn has the picture perfect Instagram life. Then a video goes viral of her at her son's pre-school Halloween parade and it forces her to take a look at her professional life, motherhood, and her marriage. Daisy has just moved from LA and does not fit into the typical Needleton Little Wonders Pre-school mom mold. She has elect ...more
The Novelephant
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading Little Wonders by Kate Rorick! Such a lighthearted and fun read for the spring, especially during this time when we are all stuck at home. The strength of this book lies in its characters, preschool moms of the East coast clash with the newcomer mom of the West Coast. We meet the perfectionist, type A, overachiever Quinn with her days perfectly planned, and we meet her opposite, the D&D loving, blue-haired, geek Daisy. Both moms tackle the struggles and parental drama throu ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rorick satirically captured the "mom world" perfectly, in my opinion, when it comes to some of the moms in the area I live in. Mom's who think they are above & beyond, & really just need to get over themselves. I enjoyed this book & took it for what it's meant to be: entertaining. It gave me "Bad Moms" (the movie, which I LOVE) vibes in dealing with flawed parenting from both ends of the spectrum. It's funny, but also heartfelt, insightful, & thought-provoking.
Look for "Little Wonders" on 3/17
Kathleen Gray
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rorick has put a fresh spin on mommy shaming - and she's done it with humor and heart. Quinn wants everything to be perfect; she's an interior designer with a surgeon husband and Hamilton, a three year old son. Problem is, it can't be. Ham isn't potty trained, her husband is going to a lot of spin classes, and she has too much on her plate. Unfortunately, her meltdown comes when Ham refuses to wear his Halloween costume and it's filmed by Daisy, a fish out of water at this upscale preschool. Dai ...more
I'm not a mother. I have no desire to be a mother. I'm an aunt and I love every single one of those little brats, but I would honestly lock myself in a closet forever if I had to deal with them for more than a couple days. My deepest regards to all your parents out there, and your 24/7/365/rest of your lives wonders.
That said, I loved this book. It was at times hilarious, heart breaking, and heart warming. I would recommend it to anyone needing a fun read during this hectic time, especially moms
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley.

The recent roster of school centered books featuring parents behaving badly has been massively intriguing and entertaining to me, and I enjoyed Little Wonders thoroughly. Little Wonders' resident overachiever mom has a complete breakdown at the school Halloween function, which, when a video of her overreaction goes viral, causes her life to spiral. It's a great story and entertaining story about maintaining identity in parenthood a
Rachel (Words With Rach)
I really enjoyed this book. I honestly don’t have much to say about it except that it was light, funny, and the perfect read to take my mind off all the crazy from the last few weeks.

I really loved the character growth throughout the story. It was also fairly clean. This book, similar to others I have read recently, touched on how social media affects our daily lives. I really love how this plays out in an everyday setting and the message it sends.

This one may be for you if you loved Class Mom
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! As a mom, I FELT this story. I'm not rich and I'm not the PTA president, but I think any mother could read this book and find herself in it. Funny, cringey, and heartbreaking. Parenting is HARD, y'all.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, giveaways
It's a cute story. It would make a cute movie. It's well-written, even though it's stereotype-heavy (-1 star). But I've got issues (-1 star).

I've 1) had a kid in swanky day care and gotten those newsletters, 2) been a manic pixie game master (heck, I actually wrote a gaming book), 3) moved from the west coast to a small, upscale community in Massachusetts (and back), and 4) given up a professional career to raise a small person.

Normally I would be thrilled to find a novel representing my life.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quinn Barrett strives for perfection.  It's her personal mantra, to appear perfect, to be perfect for her husband, her son, her work life and as the president of the Little Wonders Preschool Parent Association.  The next perfect event she needs to pull off is the Little Wonders Happy Halloween Parade and Dance Party.  However, when her three year old son Hamilton would rather not wear the perfectly hand crafted spaceship costume Quinn made, she has the mother of all tantrums. New Preschool mom, ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quinn is the perfect designer, the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect Parents Association President. And then she has the perfect meltdown at the preschool's Halloween parade when her toddler doesn't want to wear his costume. Caught on video, Quinn goes viral and becomes "Halloween Mom". Which wasn't what Daisy, with the electric blue hair and tattoo sleeves, wanted to happen. She just sent it to a few of her cool west-coast friends, she didn't think they'd share it around. Daisy is d ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Quinn Barrett's perfectly organized life begins to crumble when a moment of rage goes viral on the internet. And new mom in town, Daisy, is the unfortunate cause of it all.

Quinn had no idea anyone had witnessed her meltdown at the Halloween parade, much less filmed it. But then video of her destroying her carefully crafted costume for her son is leaked and gains national attention.

Daisy is new to Needleton and still trying to fit in. She hadn't meant to film Quinn's incident. She also never in
Andrea Guy
I'm not at all sure how I felt about this book. I read and enjoyed The Baby Plan, but this was different.

From the start, I hated Quinn Barrett. I didn't like Ham, and a really hated her husband. Daisy and Rob were ok, but only in that they were opposites of the Barretts. Almost normal folk, would be the best way to describe them.

I felt the most fun thing about the book were the newsletters that appeared randomly, with the little bits of snarky humor scratched out.

Little Wonders preschool...I mea
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if one of your worst moments in time was caught on camera, posted to the internet and then it went viral. That’s what happens to Quinn Barrett, a woman who strives to live a perfect life with her surgeon husband and toddler son. She has a meltdown during the annual Halloween parade at her son’s preschool and the new mom in town happens to have her phone pointed in the right direction. That mom, Daisy is trying hard to fit in with the East coast, upper crust, Boston crown but she has elec ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***I received an ARC from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review

Quinn Barrett is trying to be the ultimate wonder mom, but her son Hamilton is not making it easy for her. Three-year-old Ham is still not quite potty trained despite her best efforts, and although he has insisted for weeks he wanted to be a spaceship for Halloween, now that it is time for the Halloween Parade at the Little Wonders Preschool he wants to be a fireman. He refuses to get into the spaceship that Quinn spent hour
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Five WONDERful stars to this adorably funny
mommy romp. Little Wonders is one of those books I just didn’t want to end and by the time it did, the characters felt like good friends.

It starts when the perfect Quinn Barrett—president of the Little Wonders Parent Association—has the meltdown of all meltdowns at a preschool Halloween party—a meltdown that is caught on camera. And subsequently shared with the world. Quinn never wanted to be Internet-famous, at least not for screaming at her three-yea
Burlington Library
Little Wonders could be any parents nightmare. What if, after your child throws an epic meltdown, you respond with your own epic nightmare - only to have someone film it, share it online and have it go viral. That's what happens to Quinn Barrett at her son's preschool during the Halloween parade. Those few minutes of losing her patience and cool suddenly turn her into a notorious viral star with people from around the world calling her parenting into question. She loses friends, her role on the ...more
Jodi P
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Little Wonders could be any parents nightmare. What if, after your child throws an epic meltdown, you respond with your own epic nightmare - only to have someone film it, share it online and have it go viral. That's what happens to Quinn Barrett at her son's preschool during the Halloween parade. Those few minutes of losing her patience and cool suddenly turn her into a notorious viral star with people from around the world calling her parenting into question. She loses friends, her role on the ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I’ve read this year about a mom getting filmed in a unbecoming way, and the video going viral on the internet.

Quinn is your perfect mom - parents association president, beautifully decorated home, successful surgeon husband, thriving career in interior design, and a three year old son. Unfortunately, one very bad incident of Quinn yelling at her son while crushing the Halloween costume he refused to wear is caught on camera... and suddenly the video is leaked to the worl
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Emmy Award-winning writer Kate Rorick is the author of novels about modern motherhood. Her latest is Little Wonders (William Morrow, coming 3/17/20). She is also a television writer and producer, most recently for The Librarians and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. Kate was one of the writers behind the runaway YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and authored its two tie-in novels

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