Book: I'll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde
" Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English teacher at a quaint New England boarding school, longs to have a baby. Annie, an outspoken stay-at-home mother of two, longs for one day of peace and quiet (not to mention more money and some free time). Despite their very different lives, nothing can come between them—until Cynthia Cypress arrives on campus.
Cynthia has it all: brains, beauty, impeccable style, and a gorgeous husband (who happens to be Nora’s ex). When Cynthia eagerly befriends Nora, Annie’s oldest friendship is tested. Now, each woman must wrestle the green-eyed demon of envy and, in the process, confront imperfect, mixed-up family histories they don’t want to repeat. Amid the hilarious and harried straits of friendship, marriage, and parenthood, the women may discover that the greenest grass is right beneath their feet."
Early on, I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, they were dashed the further in the book I got. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the guilty pleasure of a fun chic-lit book, and while there were some humorous spots in this book, it just did not make up for the annoying two main characters. I did not relate to them, nor do I understand this new phenomenon of mommy angst. Really, I don't. I have raised 4 kids, and frankly I did not need to analyze my every move or decision. Nor did I need to analyze my decision to become a mother in the first place. Way too much energy was wasted on this type of behavior in the book and it ruined it for me. One character is so needy for friendship with the "popular" girl, something that should have been outgrown years earlier. The other character was whiny and angry most of the book--and who has time as a Mom to enter therapy to find their inner child??
Now, this all being said, I did find Wilde's writing style enjoyable and I always enjoy books which are told through each character's point of view in alternating chapters--and I am very likely to pick up the next book by Samantha Wilde, to give her a second chance!