GO ON, GIRL by Hilary Grossman
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: September 10, 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor/Satire, Parenting
Executive, wife, and mother of an outgoing first-grader, Sydney Clayton crushes her day-to-day obligations at work but flounders in the cutthroat world of parental politics.
She manages to avoid the local drama until she’s faced with an ultimatum: join the Forest River PTA or risk her daughter becoming a social outcast. Sydney reluctantly becomes treasurer, and takes the recently vacated position of the president’s sidekick. If protecting the children’s freedom of speech, one best friend ban at a time, isn’t complicated enough, Sydney and her husband receive an unexpected offer for their house they don’t think they can refuse.
Embroiled in the deception and manipulation rife among the elementary school moms, Sydney struggles. Should she sell the home she worked so hard to build in a town where betrayal runs rampant? Or should she stay put to avoid the fallout from uprooting her child? As Sydney focuses on what is best for her daughter, and lets go of her judgments, she finds friendship can develop in very unexpected ways.
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By day, I work in the booze biz. On the weekends I am a licensed real estate salesperson. And at night, I hang out with my “characters.” I have an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. I’ve been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. I only eat spicy foods and is obsessed with my cat, Lucy. I love to find humor in everyday life. I liken life to a game of dodge ball – I try to keep many balls up in the air before they smack me in the face. I live on Long Island.
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My little tension headache morphed into a full-blown migraine. “I really don’t see what the big deal is. It’s only a phrase.” There was dead silence on the other end of the phone. I waited a moment before continuing. “Jackie, seriously, can’t you appreciate the need for them to want to prevent kids from feeling isolated or hurt?” As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I realized that Jackie probably would have no sympathy or understanding for any child who felt excluded. “Of course I do.” She cooed. “Poor Julia. I feel sorry for the girl. I’m sure it was hard for her when Amanda and Cassidy admitted to the group at recess the other day they were best friends. I know how close they were last term. But the dramatics that continued were blown completely out of proportion.”
Everyone has that one person who makes a fuss about everything! For Sydney, it is an entire group of parents at her daughter’s elementary school. All they care about is manicures, pedicures, and ruling the school politics. Grossman digs deep with this one, discovering the true meaning of friendship (in the midst of the all of the blonde hair). 🙂 What causes someone to feel like they have to be the bully when it comes to other women…other parents? What is the best solution to resolve social conflict? Sydney finds out first hand by plunging head first. This story is entertaining, humorous, and a work of fiction; however, it still brings up the underlying topics that women face in today’s society.
Sydney is just your average woman–a loving mother to a first-grader, hard worker, remodeling expert (with her husband) and an all around family gal. What she isn’t so hot at is parental politics and THAT is exactly what she gets roped into. Realizing that their family may not be the right fit for Forest River, Sydney and Craig decide to entertain selling their beautiful home and moving closer to Sydney’s parents and work. Everything is about Amanda, so Sydney and Craig feel pressured to keep the silence about their decision until it is absolutely final. Sydney knows that Amanda would get the brunt of all of the mean things that kids say if she told anyone, especially the PTA mothers who are glamorous, blonde-haired, model women of the town with Jackie as the Queen Bee. After a falling out with a member of the PTA, Sydney gets a proposition from Jackie…one that can’t really be refused. She has to replace Donna, the member who shamed the PTA, in order for Amanda to be able to go to her best friend’s birthday party. Sydney feels trapped because she knows that not accepting the position could cause negative ramifications to her daughter not being able to enjoy her first year in school. Knowing that she will probably end up wanting to strangle the PTA mothers by the end of the year, she is surprised when friendships begin to bloom instead. She begins to have doubts about everything that she previously believed about these women and about their decision to move. Are they making the right choice, especially after seeing an outrageous bid on their house, one that may be a once in a lifetime chance to really start over?
Grossman has an interesting story, filled with a lot of emotional turmoil and offhanded judgement. Her reflections within this story are very clear, allowing the reader to understand the meaning of “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. The characters are well-developed and the story is well-written with little to no errors. The story is a fast read, but a quite entertaining one. If you are a reader of Women’s Fiction and Humor/Satire, you are sure to enjoy this story. It is a standalone, so feel free to jump right in.
An advanced reader’s copy was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Go On, Girl by Hilary Grossman.