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Happy and You Know It
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
67 posts | 68 read | 52 to read
A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of overprivileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets.... After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for wealthy 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 energy. There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her flawless 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 stylish women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix. Filled 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.
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EatSleepRead
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Mehso-so

This was fairly good, kind of a weird plot. Some relatable tid-bits from being a new mother that were somewhat insightful. Picture with my two boys who are now 8 and 10 years old in a blink.

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JackOBotts
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 for this #LMPBC selection! What a fun/bizarre read to close out this round!

kellyann28 I felt the same! Glad it was at least a little entertaining for us all 😂 6mo
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - book is making its way back to you! Should arrive by 6/30! 5mo
kellyann28 Thank you!! ❤️ 5mo
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

I‘m calling this one a pick, too, #LMPBC Group E!

I went in knowing nothing about this story, so I was continually surprised by the directions it took. Not exactly believable, but dramatic and funny.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

My post office is closed today, so this will be on the way to you on Tuesday, Jackie!

kellyann28 I'm glad it was entertaining at the least! Haha 6mo
JackOBotts Arrived today - thanks! 👍🏼 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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Lunch break on my work-from-home days is far superior to lunch break in the office.

One more book to finish for #LMPBC this month. 🙌🏼

janeycanuck Agreed!! 6mo
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Catsandbooks
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Close to a bingo in April!
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 7mo
Julsmarshall Cute board! 7mo
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Catsandbooks
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Pickpick

4/5 ⭐️ This was wild! The characters weren't exactly likeable, but it sure was entertaining reading the drama! #LMPBC Group E

I've been working on crocheting a cat bed and it's definitely been a learning experience 😅 #LitsyCrafters

sprainedbrain Oh goodie! Looking forward to it. 8mo
LoverOfLearning What a cool book.concwpt and such a clever title! 8mo
kellyann28 I'm glad you liked it! Was definitely entertaining 😂 8mo
Catsandbooks @kellyann28 I got Chemistry today @sprainedbrain The book was sent today 7mo
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Catsandbooks
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I got the book! #LMPBC #GroupE
I'm not very far into mine 🙈

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kellyann28
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Mehso-so

Well this was definitely an interesting book 😂 It is like the trash TV of books (which I don't necessarily mean negatively) ! Can't wait to see what you all think of this one! #LMPBC
@sprainedbrain @Catsandbooks @JackOBotts

Catsandbooks Looking forward to the drama 😂 9mo
JackOBotts Sounds like fun! 😉😆 9mo
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gibblr
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Happy Thanksgiving from Puerto Rico, everyone!!

Avanders 🦃🍁♥️ 12mo
vonnie862 I love the coasters! 12mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
Pickpick

This was an enjoyable read, and should not have taken me this long to finish! Read for #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021 4/5

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InkintheMargins
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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Pickpick

This book was fantastic! Hilarious for any mom who either loves to hate or hates to love wellness trends, social media influencers, and tiny toddler tyrants. A complete, unexpected delight. 👶 🍼 💊

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BittersweetBooks
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Don‘t wait forever to get your shit together, all right? Life only gives you so many chances 💊👶🎶

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HappyCamper
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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this book depicting motherhood and friendships within a playgroup in Manhattan, and with the younger woman they hired to play music for their babies. I was not expecting some of the twists and turns, which I really liked.

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

This book was a wild ride. It‘s about a group of moms who become friends by forming a playgroup for their babies and a young woman who begins to do music time for their kids. This book shows the insecurities and pressure of being a mom and the things the women keep to themselves for fear of being deemed bad mothers. So many twists in this one and a great story. I loved it!

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BookishMarginalia
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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This feels like a chick flick.

Megabooks Kinda does, but it‘s funny. 2y
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TheDaysGoBy
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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Pickpick

So an unexpected power outage the second I logged on to work left me with some free time to finish this one. (And the power came back on just as I finished! How perfect is that?)

This was a pick from the list @hermyknee curated for #newyearwhodis and I loved it! A young woman gets a job as a playgroup musician for some wealthy NYC women. Secrets come out and drama ensues. It was engaging and the characters were great!

@monalyisha

monalyisha TOO perfect! What a day! 🙏🏻 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Nice timing! 2y
hermyknee I‘m glad you liked it!! That seems like pretty great timing, too! 2y
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Sharpeipup
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Staying hydrated thanks to my new #bookishitem water bottle

AmyG That‘s awesome! 2y
BiblioLitten Oh wow!! 💙 2y
OrangeMooseReads Love it! 2y
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TheDaysGoBy
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My #NewYearWhoDis list came from @hermyknee and I‘m looking forward to Happy & You Know It as well as The Sun Down Motel.

Really though the whole list is up my alley. Sorry for the delay in posting this - been a busy week! But this is gonna be so fun! 😀

@monalyisha

hermyknee Eeek! I‘m so glad you like the list! Happy & You Know It was one of my favorites—it had everything (including humor!) 2y
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eraderneely
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Pickpick

Surprisingly good! I love a good rich-people-problems, especially if it‘s set in New York. But I also liked having a laugh/commiseration with some of the trials of new motherhood. And it was light, which we all need right now.

Caroline2 Sounds great, stacked. 😉 2y
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Amor4Libros
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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You know a book has sucked you in when you find yourself saying “Oh f*$&!” out loud. 🤣🤣

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Purrfectpages
Happy & You Know It | Laura Hankin
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I‘ve been waiting to read this and it didn‘t disappoint. The richmommy vibe is big since reality TV and social media. Is this going to be another book about overzealous moms, or will it say anything new? The good news is it‘s the latter. One refreshing aspect of this bored housewives play group is its humanization of these women. Not all of them play prime roles, but somehow that makes sense. It throws a few twists in to keep the readers guessing.

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Purrfectpages
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Onto yet another book I‘ve been dying to read!

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Bakingbookworm
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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Panpan

2.5⭐ - Cute cover, interesting premise but not a lot happens for most of the book. Touches on some big topics but not in any depth. Just a meh read for me.

My Full Review: http://bit.ly/HappyAndYouKnowItReview

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CatGusMax
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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We just got our first BOTM box! Can't you tell we look happy? I am so excited to read this book. 😎🐕📖 #BOTM #dogsoflitsy #awellreadboriqua

BookDragonNotWorm 🐾😍 2y
CatGusMax My sweet furbabies ❤️🐕❤️ 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Such happy dogos! ❤️😍❤️ 2y
CatGusMax @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yes, they definitely are a very happy bunch. 2y
TheBookDream More cats! Pictures of my fluffy guy please 🥰🐱 2y
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Katies_always_booked
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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There‘s no tired like teacher tired on the first week of school...in the midst of a pandemic, who is teaching both in person AND virtually simultaneously!!! My reading has felt the effect too. 😒

#bookreport #katies_always_booked
📖 Happy & You Know It
🎧 The Jetsetters
🎧📖 The Darwin Affair #BigLibraryRead

#currentlyreading
📖 Pride and Prejudice

#weeklyforcast
🎧 The Whisper Network
📖 168 Hours - a book about time management... 😂

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Tiffiney
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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Mehso-so

It started off promising...but then it took a weird turn...kind of cheesy to be honest.

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Sargar114
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I unexpectedly enjoyed this one! Normally not one that‘s be on my radar, but a friend loaned it to me with rave reviews. A fun drama about New York socialite new moms and the musician they hire for their playgroup. Some surprising twists along with solid feminist messages. A juicy tale that is easy to devour.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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This was fun! I think I would have gotten through it quicker if it hadn‘t been a really stressful time for me. This felt a bit like a Liane Moriarty book to me, in a good way.

Lcsmcat 😻 make the best reading buddies. 2y
DimeryRene I loved this one! 2y
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Sargar114
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Loving the surprising feminist themes in this book! #girlpower 💁🏼‍♀️ 📖

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jesseastin
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Pickpick

This was a fun read, with a good twist I wasn‘t expecting. It‘s a group of wealthy NYC moms, who have a playgroup with a singer they‘ve hired. It‘s all the insecurities of new motherhood, plus a fun “wellness” twist. I enjoyed the reality tv-over the top feel to it.

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Sargar114
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Hits close to home #girlpower

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jesseastin
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I‘m a bit more than halfway through this light read one of my sisters recommended and had a really relatable memory when one of the new moms is shamed in an upscale coffee shop when her baby wails. Mine was years ago, on a plane with my baby (now 24) and the judgmental side eye and looks of disgust (diaper blowout) and the utter kindness of a stranger who didn‘t act like it was my faulty parenting.

Bklover What a beautiful mug! 2y
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Lindsayywong
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Pickpick

4/5. Overall a really fun read! I live for reality tv and drama in that regard and this book was right in that vein so I enjoyed it! The characters were fun and interesting as well.

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Jbakesmcgee3
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We rented a house boat for two days to celebrate our one year anniversary! 💝 haven‘t felt this relaxed since January 😂

Sharpeipup Congrats! 2y
Jbakesmcgee3 Thank you! An eventful first year to say the least :) 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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Perhaps this is a case of the right book for the right reader...? I definitely don't think this would appeal to everyone, but I loved it. Light, over-the-top at times, but still touched on feminist topics in the middle of the drama. The stress of motherhood (for the upper class) is captured perfectly. Momstagram, play group, rich New York "trophy wife" types turn out to be much more than meet the eye! ?? ? ???? ??

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Chelsea.Poole
Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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Yummy lunch with my current read. Korean-inspired dish from a neighbor 😋
Both are great---book and food!

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Chelsea.Poole
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Happy 4th!! 🇺🇸 💥
Spending the day with the family at my in-laws in the pool and eating. Hope you all are having a good time today!

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BookofWords
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t‘s an alright book. I would really give it in between pick and so-so if I could. It started off slow and then steady till about the last 1/3rd where it really took off.
All the right elements were there but you just failed to care about any of them and that‘s the problem.

marleed Yea, i liked it too - definitely on the light side. It wouldn‘t have taken much to make it a bit darker and more interesting. I jotted down notes on it late - a week after reading and the only character I could fully describe without flipping through the book was the MC. It doesn‘t bode well for me describing this to someone a few months from now;) 2y
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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 this was surprisingly twisty and super fun. Highly recommend this BOTM pick!

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Chelsea.Poole
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Look at all of these gorgeous new books at the library!! 😍😍😍
I walk by these beauties multiple times a day and must force myself not to touch them/accidentally throw them in my bag. I have big enough stacks as it is!

staci.reads Impressed with your willpower! 😄 2y
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Cassiekrauss
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This was quick, fun, and entertaining. I really didn‘t know what to expect with this one, but I found myself unable to put it down.

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marleed
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Perhaps because I love reminiscing about this time in my life, there‘s just something about high-drama mom‘s-day-out type books that I find highly entertaining. The Liane Moriarty vibes that others have noted, really are strong here.

Megabooks This was fun! 2y
marleed @Megabooks How did I miss all that mom drama when my kids were toddlers!? Perhaps I was so obsessed with the two wonders to which I was responsible that I was oblivious to any drama forming around me! 2y
Megabooks @marleed lol! Maybe you needed a private musician?! Some speed?!? 2y
marleed @Megabooks Bwahaha - so that‘s what I missed! 2y
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swishandflick
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As cliched as reviews that proclaim a book "perfect for fans of INSERT AUTHOR HERE" can be - this actually is pretty perfect for Liane Moriarty fans ? The mommy drama is next level crazy, but I was highly entertained.

(In an attempt to help fill the Central Park sized void in my life, I walked over to Prospect Park for some outdoor reading today. The weather is perfect! ?)

Megabooks Agreed 👍🏻 2y
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

The twist at the end, while welcomed, doesn't redeem the book.

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Lauren.Archer
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I liked this book so much better than I thought I would. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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JoScho
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Claire was kicked out of a band right before their big break. She is in dire need of a job. Well lucky for her a group of rich, privileged mommies need a musician for their baby group. Claire has to take what she can get. There is more to this group of wealthy women than Claire originally thought.
Secrets, drama, social media stardom, vitamin supplements and of course, being the best mom you can be make this book what it is.

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alecia3dixie
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I really had a hard time picking between a pick and so-so with this book. It had a very slow build, it took me days just to get through the first 130 pages because I didn't want to pick it up. Then the other half of the book I read in a couple hours. It's not the normal book I read, I did enjoy the little secrets and housewives feel to it. But it's just not all what its hyped up to be. Still a light fun read.

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Thousand-Lives
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I devoured this book in a few afternoons. The rich mommy drama kept me turning pages while my kids swam in the pool. Just a fun escapist read for a lazy summer day. ☀️ #botm

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mnjacques
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This book was different than what I usually read, and it was between so-so and pick. I felt like it was a slow build, and didn't pick up until about halfway through. It had a nice twist that kept me engaged in it. Decent book overall