Suburbanistas

ISBN: 1416505598
ISBN 13: 9781416505594
By: Pamela Redmond Satran

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About this book

From the acclaimed author of Younger and Babes in Captivity, a funny and moving novel about friendship, fame, and the fight for one suburb's future! Greetings from New Jersey Stella Powers is an A-list movie star who has just landed an Oscar-worthy role and a hot new rock-star husband when her mother's death brings her world tumbling down. Floundering as her life becomes one tabloid horror after another, Stella finds herself stuck in the New Jersey suburb she fled twenty years ago. But Homewood is no longer the sleepy town she remembers: housing prices are skyrocketing and glitzy new stores -- and people -- are moving in. To Stella and her young daughter, this is good news. Wish you weren't here. The bad news: Stella's childhood best friend, Mary Jean, who married Stella's old boyfriend and raised four kids in Homewood, can no longer afford to live there. Mary Jean is determined to wrest back the town but needs Stella on her side. The stakes for both women are high, but how can these old friends reconnect after so much time has passed? Or more importantly, how can they not?

Reader's Thoughts

Pam

12/28 rec via bookmooch

Itai Greif

** spoiler alert ** I was very disappointed with the ending, where it felt as though being a good mother is diametrically opposed to having ambitions and doing things. I'm not sure what this book was trying to say about the antagonist, where it felt as though there was some depth there, but eventually it all boiled down to greed, and he turned very boring and one-dimensional. Why, I wander, did Henry ever date Stela? Why did he have such problems sleeping with her? No idea.The beginning was nice, but the end was stupid. Don't read it.

Inge Hulsker

Entertaining, a bit predictable. Nice characters, especially the kids were portrayed very well. A nice & fast read.

Nicole

This was a book I picked up at the library. It was a decent book, but I am glad I did not buy it. I would describe it as entertaining at times, but nothing all that exciting.

Pam

Good beach read - little far fetched relateable if you are a mom living in the Suburbs - could be YOUR middle class neighborhood they are talking about since takes place in NJ!

Angie

Not my favorite Pamela Redmond Satran book. I thought the plot was kind of predictable.

Sara

Cute book

Amy

Too many improbabilities for me to really enjoy, but I really liked the character of the police chief's wife.

Iris

I really enjoyed reading this book. If you are a fan of chic lit, this is a must read.

Nikki

Cute!! Enjoyed it alot!

Kya

It was alright. The kids' disrespect towards their parents was ridiculous to the point of being distracting

Jenny

Another quick-read brain candy.

Erica

Maybe not quite a 4 star, but I really enjoyed this light-hearted entertaining book.

Karen

This was a really fun read.

Kim

Suburbanistas is a light, easy read. If given the free time, I probably could have blown through this book in a day, maybe two, despite the fact that it has 335 pages. While I love series books, and Suburbanistas is the fourth in a series located in the fictional town of Homewood, I don't find myself eager to look up the rest of them. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. I'm just not over-the-top in love with it.Suburbanistas is a story of two best friends; Stella, a famous movie star with a career heading south and Mary Jean, a mom of four married to her childhood love, who just happens to be Stella's ex. After two decades, the two of them reunite. Can they become friends again? Or are they just too different now?The characters are well developed and the plot is mostly believable. The story flows easily, with a few surprise twists, but nothing too shocking.I chose this book looking for a fun read, and that's exactly what I got. Beyond the horrible cover art, is a charming tale of small town suburban life. Above all, it's a story of friendship.

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