I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Go On, Girl written by Hilary Grossman takes place as a mother, Sydney, attempts to navigate the elementary school's PTA during her daughter's first grade year. She does this so that her daughter, Amanda will have an easier time finding some friends and fitting in. The PTA quickly turns into a cowing bunch of women who'll do anything for their leader Jackie. Unfortunately, Jackie has no problem delegating to Sydney and the other moms, and then also giving step-by-step directions on how every project should be completed. Crazy, right! Spoilers Ahead... Sydney and her husband are faced with the decision to sell their house (this whole plot line seems very unlikely but maybe it's just me). When they do decide to sell they are faced with even more decisions, like when to tell their daughter they are moving. Sydney eventually becomes friends with the ever controlling Jackie - she can see the good behind the type A exterior. She becomes one of the people she is afraid to tell about the move and one of the people she knows she'll miss the most. I really wasn't sure what to think about this book. Sydney, seemed to have such low self-esteem she let all these other mean moms walk all over her, especially at the beginning. She'd do anything for her daughter - which I understand, but to a degree. But as mothers don't we also need to show our daughters how to be strong women and how to stand up for ourselves? We can't sit in front of a computer composing an email for over 2 hours because we're afraid of what others will think - and yes that did happen (btw, Sydney was supposed to be packing up her house too!). I wouldn't say I hated this book because I thought it was well written and the characters were fully developed. I didn't love the book either though because I felt the mother was such a bad role-model to her daughter. Maybe I was just looking at this the wrong way though.
Go On, Girl
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