!!> Reading ➵ Happy & You Know It ➭ Author Laura Hankin – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

Happy & You Know It A Dark, Witty Page Turner Set Around A Group Of Wealthy Mothers And The Young Musician Who Takes A Job Singing To Their Babies And Finds Herself Pulled Into Their Glamorous Lives And Dangerous SecretsAfter Her Former Band Shot To Superstardom Without Her, Claire Reluctantly Agrees To A Gig As A Playgroup Musician For Overprivileged Infants On New York S Park Avenue Claire Is Surprised To Discover That She Is Smitten With Her New Employers, A Welcoming Clique Of Wellness Addicts With Impossibly Shiny Hair, Who Whirl From Juice Cleanse To Overpriced Miracle Vitamins To Spin Class With Limitless EnergyThere Is Perfect Hostess Whitney Who Is On The Brink Of Social Media Stardom And Just Needs To Find A Way To Keep Her Perfect Life From Falling Apart Caustically Funny, Recent Stay At Home Mom Amara Who Is Struggling To Embrace Her New Identity And Old Money, Veteran Mom Gwen Who Never Misses An Opportunity To Dole Out Parenting Advice But As Claire Grows Closer To The Cool Women Who Pay Her Bills, She Uncovers Secrets And Betrayals That No Amount Of Activated Charcoal Can FixFilled With Humor And Shocking Twists, Happy And You Know It Is A Brilliant Take On Motherhood Exposing It As Yet Another Way For Society To Pass Judgment On Women While Also Exploring The Baffling Magnetism Of Curated Social Media Lives That Are Designed To Make Us Feel Unworthy But, Ultimately, This Dazzling Novel Celebrates The Unlikely Bonds That Form, And The Power That Can Be Unlocked, When A Group Of Very Different Women Is Thrown Together When Each Is At Her Most Vulnerable

10 thoughts on “Happy & You Know It

  1. says:

    Welcome to the universe of Super powered trust fund Manhattan penthouse moms They can t be defined as regular stay at home moms They are full of energy with their shiny, beautiful hairs, wearing their designer clothes especially blouses or casually Lululemon yoga pants, drinking wines, already lost their pregnancy weights, running around from different activities to another social gatherings Now they created a play group for their children but instead of their babies, they all play no wo Welcome to the universe of Super powered trust fund Manhattan penthouse moms They can t be defined as regular stay at home moms They are full of energy with their shiny, beautiful hairs, wearing their designer clothes especially blouses or casually Lululemon yoga pants, drinking wines, already lost their pregnancy weights, running around from different activities to another social gatherings Now they created a play group for their children but instead of their babies, they all play no work and of course that situation makes them not dull but so entertaining group of people The group leader Whitney, once upon a time white trash girl, now a sophisticated, beautiful mom played her cards right and charmed a handsome, rich husband Grant She is now an instagram star sharing the group photos and telling how she is having an amazing life.Now they need a musician play songs to entertain their babies and we re introduced Claire, replaced by another singer from her old band, jobless, penniless, rejected, ex church singer and ex rock star, welcomes into those mothers world to sing their babies If you re happy and you know it, clap your hands where the book s title coming from.Slowly Claire feels motivated by those mothers positive energy Even she stands still after seeing the hostility of Amara, one of the mothers resigned from her job on popular late show, raising her problem child, caught by Claire at the bathroom of Whitney in inappropriate position She gets used to quirkiness of Meredith and Ellie, the arrogance and know it all attitude of Gwen and silent, peaceful antics of Vicki Those women turned into her best friends and she starts to enjoy her time spending with them which helps her to forget her regretful past and her failed carrier attempts She befriends Amara and shared her secrets about her wounded past But one day she also finds out the biggest secret which will turn her world upside down and helps her see from a different angle of those shiny mothers world Nothing as it seems, everything she knew about them is bucket of lies So what is going to happen Will she face with those mothers Is one of them conducting a master plan Are they both liars, cheaters Which one she could really trust Did she put her life in danger for trusting them so much This book is getting darker at each page and full of surprises and twists that you never see it coming The final revelation connects with prologue perfectly I liked the dark humor of the story and author s sarcastic approach to the rich young penthouse s mothers lives It wasenjoyable than any Real housewives series.The character development is fantastic I mostly liked Amara and her relationship dynamics with her husband, her failures and her fears about being a bad mother, her efforts and natural way of dealing with her problems earned a place in my heart Of course I also loved Claire, her efforts to be better version of herself and chasing her dreams.I liked the chapters, the stories of these different women and conclusion of their stories It s a fresh break to read dark humor, women s fiction genre which I really enjoyed the intelligence and writing style of the author.Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing to share this amazing ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. says:

    Yayy This is a BOTM option this month Well hello.mommy club book What a refreshing book this was I flew through this entertaining read in less than 24 hours Not being a mommy myself except for my adorable dogs I wasn t sure if this would be a book I would click with No worries here If you have a sense of humor, like some entertainment and like a little mystery and frenemy type behaviorthis is it This book was a snarky adorable look at motherhood struggles, life struggles an Yayy This is a BOTM option this month Well hello.mommy club book What a refreshing book this was I flew through this entertaining read in less than 24 hours Not being a mommy myself except for my adorable dogs I wasn t sure if this would be a book I would click with No worries here If you have a sense of humor, like some entertainment and like a little mystery and frenemy type behaviorthis is it This book was a snarky adorable look at motherhood struggles, life struggles and fricking funny all wrapped into one Get thisit opens with a rich looking woman running down the streets of NYC in a fur coat in the middle of August..with vomit all down the front of herwith a group of women chasing herin their heelswth right Don t worry no spoilers here, that is literally from Chapter one.Whitney created a mommy club for NYC mommies to share and bond with their daily struggles The club is a great support but often turns into a bit of a competition between the mommies Whitney has made the club famous by splashing their picture perfect mommy moments all over Instagram Enter Clairethe hip musician the mommies hire to entertain their babies Hold updo people really do this Claire has secrets of her own..why does she flip her you know what when she hears the ever so popular song Idaho Eyes Can she bond with these mommies My favorite character was Amara Real to life, often questioning how she got herself classified a mom I loved her snarky behavior and my heart went out to her as she struggled in her new role.Surprise I didn t expect a bit of a mystery rolled up in this one There is a mastermind behind the mommy club..yep you heard me Some twists and turns that completely caught me off guard.This book was so entertaining I often felt like I was reading about The Real Housewives of NYC mommy edition BTW I would watch that show guiltypleasure Rich, poor you all get pooped on the same Thank you so much to Berkley for this ARC via Edelweiss I highly enjoyed it

  3. says:

    This story was okay but I feel like it was missing that something to make it great I love stories like this that follow a bunch of rich privileged moms and then someone new is getting sucked into their world, it s one of my favorite tropes but I feel like this would ve worked so much better as a thriller, as opposed to a contemporary I really enjoyed the first 200 pages, I was invested in all the entertaining drama and secrets, but then once we get into the part with the view spoiler TrueM This story was okay but I feel like it was missing that something to make it great I love stories like this that follow a bunch of rich privileged moms and then someone new is getting sucked into their world, it s one of my favorite tropes but I feel like this would ve worked so much better as a thriller, as opposed to a contemporary I really enjoyed the first 200 pages, I was invested in all the entertaining drama and secrets, but then once we get into the part with the view spoiler TrueMommy drugs and the drug distribution and how they though they were taking vitamins, not drugs hide spoiler I started to lose interest I just didn t really care a whole lot about this storyline I wasinvested in the interesting friendship between Amara and Claire, and Whitney s character in general.This just didn t really go in the direction I was hoping it would, and I just think this story is missing something Maybe it s because I read so many thrillers but this premise would ve worked great as a thriller

  4. says:

    I am excited to have Laura Hankin join us in The Behind the Pages group for a spoiler free Q A today To see what she has to say about Happy You Know It you can find the thread here I am happy, and I want to show it Happy You Know it was another book from that stack of not my normal that surprised me Again I find myself feeling like a little kid on the playground wanting to share my joy with everyone orlike wanting to share my joy wi I am excited to have Laura Hankin join us in The Behind the Pages group for a spoiler free Q A today To see what she has to say about Happy You Know It you can find the thread here I am happy, and I want to show it Happy You Know it was another book from that stack of not my normal that surprised me Again I find myself feeling like a little kid on the playground wanting to share my joy with everyone orlike wanting to share my joy with friends and a bottle of wine There is no shortage of books out there that explore Mom culture, wealthy moms and their struggles with keeping their image while raising their little joys or terrors It can often feel like a playground of drama Well, Laura Hankin takes this overused storyline and creates a fresh, exciting, and delicious playground for us to emerge ourselves into Things do start off feeling like satire however, there are a few turning points that take this story and characters in a thrilling, delightful and fun direction that took me by surprise The drama is smart and fun, the suspense had me anticipating the outcome of each of the character s conflicts and secrets Some of the characters are likable, and some not so, each with some vulnerability to provoke some emotions The dialogue between them is fun, entertaining, smart, witty and balanced nicely with some snarkiness There are some twists and turns that kept me on my toes I had some fun with this, and it kept me entertained, and I want to sing about it With all the sadness going on right now, I just want to find some joy, and I am going to sing If you are happy and know it and want to show it share it with me I received a copy from the publisher

  5. says:

    Happy You Know It is such a unique read It centers around an elite group of mothers who hire a musician to sing to their children.Claire is the musician hired to perform for a play dates for these Park Avenue moms She never imagines she d fall in love with this work, but she does She even grows to like the well to do moms.Each of the moms has some drama and secrets of her own Claire becomes closer and closer to them, and what she finds is a darkness she never could have imagined.Happy Yo Happy You Know It is such a unique read It centers around an elite group of mothers who hire a musician to sing to their children.Claire is the musician hired to perform for a play dates for these Park Avenue moms She never imagines she d fall in love with this work, but she does She even grows to like the well to do moms.Each of the moms has some drama and secrets of her own Claire becomes closer and closer to them, and what she finds is a darkness she never could have imagined.Happy You Know It has humor in the unexpected places It addresses some important contemporary issues such as judgments on motherhood and social media laden lives But mostly, I thought it was a story of friendship and the powerful bonds women can form with each other Overall, it s a feel good book with plenty of depth and cleverness.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

  6. says:

    This is a WONDERFUL novel For the first part of it, I couldn t figure out why I was turning the pages too fast to take notes, which I usually do when there are this many characters involved There s Claire, who was unceremoniously dumped by her band for another singer who was curvier and sexier, which would have been rough on its own, but what s worse is that shortly after they made the change, they catapulted to fame and have the number one song in the country, while she s taking on unglamorou This is a WONDERFUL novel For the first part of it, I couldn t figure out why I was turning the pages too fast to take notes, which I usually do when there are this many characters involved There s Claire, who was unceremoniously dumped by her band for another singer who was curvier and sexier, which would have been rough on its own, but what s worse is that shortly after they made the change, they catapulted to fame and have the number one song in the country, while she s taking on unglamorous jobs like being the cheery singer for the playgroup of babies of six excessively wealthy New York stay at home moms who spend an extravagant amount of money on things like health supplements The novel is told from some of the moms, too I hadsympathy for some of them than others Missing having their day jobs while maintaining their skinny physiques and pretending there are no challenges with being a mom, even to a child with a behavior disorder because, of course, they are perfect in every way The novel gets to be evenof twist and turns page turner with a supremely satisfying ending.Highly recommend Thanks so much to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES MAY 19, 2020

  7. says:

    It took me a few chapters to really get into this one but soon after I was hooked And I don t think you necessarily have to be a parent and or active on social media to find this to be a worthwhile read.Claire is a musician who is struggling to make ends meet so she takes a job as a playgroup entertainer for a group of privileged mothers and their babies Not the most exciting gig especially considering her former band is experiencing fame and fortune without her The longer Claire hangs around It took me a few chapters to really get into this one but soon after I was hooked And I don t think you necessarily have to be a parent and or active on social media to find this to be a worthwhile read.Claire is a musician who is struggling to make ends meet so she takes a job as a playgroup entertainer for a group of privileged mothers and their babies Not the most exciting gig especially considering her former band is experiencing fame and fortune without her The longer Claire hangs around the moms, theshe realizes this group is just full of secrets.The story follows Claire and some of the mothers in the group so you end up with quite a few perspectives While there is some humor in the book, I actually was surprised that it was a thought provoking novel With social media such a part of everyday life for so many, there seems to be this added pressure to present a picture perfect life when most of us aren t living that reality at all The story explores some of the messed up consequences of trying to uphold a certain lifestyle for appearance sake And of course the criticism that mothers seem to face no matter what they do is something the author also touches on in the book.I do recommend this book if you enjoy reading women s fiction It s entertaining, but not a fluffy read as there truly is some substance The author also manages to throw in a few twists which was an added bonus.Thank you to Berkley for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    Claire lost her gig with a band right as they hit it big She is down on her luck and in need of a job So when a upper class mommy group needs a singer She is on it Once she gets into these women s lives she realizes that maybe they aren t just the upper class housewives that she originally thought view spoiler I so want to call them the house ho s like I do in real life but I can feel the trolls fingers just a burning hide spoiler This book is just pure fun Especially if you a Claire lost her gig with a band right as they hit it big She is down on her luck and in need of a job So when a upper class mommy group needs a singer She is on it Once she gets into these women s lives she realizes that maybe they aren t just the upper class housewives that she originally thought view spoiler I so want to call them the house ho s like I do in real life but I can feel the trolls fingers just a burning hide spoiler This book is just pure fun Especially if you a nosey, catty heifer like I am Then plot twistI actually started to like a few of these women Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review.

  9. says:

    I must admit the book lulled me in a little But the twist at the end caught me by total surprise In the end the book was different from what I expected, but nevertheless captivating.Thanks to great drama And a plot that went an unexpected path I had a great time reading this book It was easy and entertaining which makes for a great summer novel.The entertainment value was high with this novel, especially the realistic and sometimes scandalous portrayal of rich moms with their problems An I must admit the book lulled me in a little But the twist at the end caught me by total surprise In the end the book was different from what I expected, but nevertheless captivating.Thanks to great drama And a plot that went an unexpected path I had a great time reading this book It was easy and entertaining which makes for a great summer novel.The entertainment value was high with this novel, especially the realistic and sometimes scandalous portrayal of rich moms with their problems And I think the book would make for a great TV show The topic alone was juicy, and then the location, and all the drama surrounding the mothers.Overall the novel was quite the surprise and a surprisingly great escapist book.about the audiobookI was a bit hesitant when I realized that the author would be narrating the book herself I ll be honest, I didn t know what to think about it Authors don t automatically make great narrators, but I was positively surprised with this narration because the author did a fabulous job.___________________________________Findreviews and book recommendations on my blog.Find me on Bookstagram

  10. says:

    Happy and You Know It , Laura Hankin s new novel, is an insightful, humorous commentary on the pressures of motherhood.Claire has impeccable timing she gets kicked out of her band just before their meteoric rise to fame Now, barely able to make ends meet and filling her spare time with alcohol, she s forced to take a job as a musician for a children s playgroup.But as hellish as the job sounds, the wealthy mothers whose infants make up the playgroup take a shine to Claire There s Whitney, Happy and You Know It , Laura Hankin s new novel, is an insightful, humorous commentary on the pressures of motherhood.Claire has impeccable timing she gets kicked out of her band just before their meteoric rise to fame Now, barely able to make ends meet and filling her spare time with alcohol, she s forced to take a job as a musician for a children s playgroup.But as hellish as the job sounds, the wealthy mothers whose infants make up the playgroup take a shine to Claire There s Whitney, the group leader whose Instagram presence as a super mom belies the anxiety and boredom she feels in her everyday life Amara, who would rather be working than mothering but she still worries that her baby might be lagging behind developmentally and Gwen, the know it all mom always happy to dole out advice.Even though the women involve Claire in some of their activities, she envies their perfectly put together lives That is, until she realizes why everything seems so manageable, and discovers these women are hidingsecrets than Claire can imagine Women had to grapple with a choice that men never did while remaining uncomplaining and generous so that they didn t nag their husbands straight into the arms of less complicated lovers And now moms weren t even allowed to acknowledge how much work it all was any This was a quick, enjoyable read, one of those sure, the rich are different but are they happy books There s humor and melodrama and some sharp observations about motherhood and marriage and the pressures of trying to hold it all together.Hankin has definitely written a fun and thought provoking book Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *