My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First off, thank you to Hilary Grossman for reaching out to request an honest review of this book on my blog, Home Sweet Houser! If you haven’t already, check out her author page on Facebook for updates on all her books!
Go On, Girl is a book that most of us can relate to. It is the story of a mother named Sydney trying to support her young daughter in the best way she knows how. She works full time. She takes care of her household. And she has recently found herself in the role of scribe for the school’s PTA. Okay… maybe she was semi-blackmailed into that last one by the queen of the PTA Moms, Jackie. And when her and her husband get an offer to sell their house they can’t refuse, how will she break the news to Jackie? How will her daughter take the news of the move?
Hilary Grossman did such a great job creating characters that were both likable and despicable at the same time (and that’s a compliment). She struck such a nice balance that the characters felt extremely realistic. I think we all can relate to having both good and bad qualities. I found Jackie horrendously egotistical and pompous in the beginning of the book, but she ending up displaying really redeeming qualities of loyalty and friendship. Sydney in my opinion had no backbone and let people push her around and walk all over her which was infuriating, but she eventually found self respect and peace.
This book flew by in a breeze. At under 300 pages, it is a super fast read that I devoured overnight. And the conversational writing style makes reading very easy. And I really like the design of the cover. There’s something “suburban chic” about it that I love.
My biggest disappointment was that at times I felt like the story was too “surface level.” I felt like I would have liked to have gone deeper with the stories of the other PTA moms, with the relationship with Kara and the dynamic with Andrew. We got the tip of the iceberg with some of these character and I wanted more.
There were two quotes that really stuck out to me that I feel are pertinent to share in this review:
“I learned first impressions weren’t always accurate, and often it took a lot of time and effort to understand a person.”
“I’d spent so much of the past seven years living my life in a blur, trying to cram as much as humanly possible into a day. I’d missed out on so much in the process, like having dear girlfriends. It wasn’t until you knew something was about to end that you realized how fortunate you were to have had it in the first place.”
Overall, I would recommend this one to anybody looking for a lighthearted and quick read with dashes of humor.