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Praised for her “smart, funny, sexy, and refreshingly real” novels, author Whitney Gaskell delivers a warm, witty, and wise new story of four women coping with the challenges of motherhood, men, and each other.For Anna, Grace, Juliet, and Chloe, the idyllic town of Orange Cove, Florida, is home…but even in paradise, balancing the challenges of motherhood and life is neverPraised for her “smart, funny, sexy, and refreshingly real” novels, author Whitney Gaskell delivers a warm, witty, and wise new story of four women coping with the challenges of motherhood, men, and each other.For Anna, Grace, Juliet, and Chloe, the idyllic town of Orange Cove, Florida, is home…but even in paradise, balancing the challenges of motherhood and life is never easy.With a son in the throes of the Terrible Twos, divorced restaurant critic Anna has too much on her plate to reenter the frightening world of dating—no matter how expertly her new admirer wines and dines her….Grace has three beautiful daughters and the perfect husband, yet she’s increasingly obsessed with one nagging flaw: her excess baby weight…. Ambitious Juliet is desperate to make partner at her law firm. Fortunately, her husband stays home with their twins. But at the office, Juliet is finding more than work to occupy her time....When newest mom Chloe gives birth, her husband seems indifferent to parenting their son. Chloe is so overwhelmed that she finds herself slipping into a nasty habit she thought she’d overcome.…Filled with humor, charm, and richly developed characters, Mommy Tracked illuminates four friends’ intertwining lives—and their joys and mistakes along the way.From the Trade Paperback edition....

Title : Mommy Tracked
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ISBN : 9780553904277
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Number of Pages : 428 Pages
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Mommy Tracked Reviews

  • Jackie
    2019-01-14 03:56

    This is the story of four women coping with work, babies, men, friendships, pregnancy, and a variety of other obsessions and compulsions. The women first get to know one another at a sex toy party sponsored by their mommies group -- Mothers Coming Together (“MCT”). The problems presented are real – most women will be able to relate to one or more of the characters – but the solutions are unrealistic and overly simple.Example:Husband: I am tired of being a stay-at-home father. You work too much and never spend time with our twins. I am leaving.Wife: Then I will turn down the partnership I was just offered at my law firm. In fact, I will just quit my job.Husband: Perfect. Then I can get a part-time job as a firefighter.Example 2:Husband: Why are you being arrested?Wife: I shoplifted a bracelet. I do that a lot because you golf too much.Husband: Maybe if I stop golfing so much and we talk about our problems, you won’t feel inclined to steal bracelets from Saks.Wife: That is a great idea, honey. I love you.

  • Ginny
    2018-12-30 00:51

    I will pay someone to take this book from me.

  • Jodi Downs sedivy
    2018-12-19 03:02

    I like how this book opened up the relationships of the 4 women. How they were close friends, but didn't know too much about each other home lives.

  • Ashlee Marie
    2018-12-27 02:55

    I haven't read a truly great book in a long time. How wonderful this book was! I loved how this book was organized, with each chapter being dedicated to one mommy's point of view. In addition, I loved the story of how each woman grew from beginning to end. This was my first Whitney Gaskell read. I will definitely be picking up another.

  • Heather
    2019-01-10 22:58

    Perhaps I am getting pickier and have higher expectations but I felt this book was barely ok.The book is focused on four main characters: Anna (divorcee turned commitment-phobe), Grace (slightly overweight/obsessive dieter), Juliet (work-a-holic), and Chloe (new mom/klepto).The story revolves around their daily lives of balancing the world and children. While I can appreciate that (and am in their shoes), I feel as though the book had no point and ultimately portrayed each woman in some neurotic crazy manner. Sure it is for entertainment, but seriously I feel as though the entire concept was over thought, underwritten, and poorly conveyed.

  • Sue Krawitz
    2019-01-16 01:47

    I'm giving this a 4, because it was just the book I needed at the moment - motherhood, friendships, relationships. But the characters were stereotypical and not very well developed. Some of the plot was far fetched and some of the dialogue was forced and didn't seem what people would really say. But I read it in 3 days and it really was just the thing I needed.

  • Renee
    2019-01-16 22:46

    I feel Whitney Gaskell is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine!!!!!!

  • Suzy
    2019-01-13 03:58

    I couldn't help but think of the movie, Bad Moms while reading this! Only in a more dramatized way...lol.

  • Josette
    2019-01-08 21:49

    When I first began this book on CD I was immediately unimpressed. First off, I don't like the narrator. She speaks in a harsh, snippy tone and overannunciates each word to the point that she becomes really annoying. I eventually managed to overlook her voice, however, in light of the plot becoming more interesting.The plot follows four mothers who meet through a Mothers Coming Together group, which seems to meet once a month. At first I could not say anything good about the characters. Chapter one introduces Anna — the divorced single mother of a two-year-old, who married her ex-husband onlyl because she got pregnant, and who now hates him because he's a deadbeat who can't keep his promises; chapter two moves on to Grace — the "fat one" of the group, who compares herself to every other woman she meets with an inner dialog recording who is "thinner than me" and who feels substandard to all the other mothers in the group because she is "just" a stay-at-home mother of three little girls. Chapter three depicts Juliet, the workaholic mother of twins who wants to make partner in her law firm at the expense of her family, who is crushing on her boss, and whose stay-at-home husband thinks she is missing all the firsts in their daughters' lives.By the time that I reached chapter four I had really had enough of all the stereotypes I had thus far encountered. None of those characters seemed at all inspiring; I could not relate to any of them, and all seemed so bitter and depressing that they made me once again reconsider my plans of ever having children. Then I met Chloe, the kleptomaniac and by far the most interesting character in the book. Chloe, a freelancing mother-to-be, was new to the mommy group and new to their south Florida town. She is the character I most think I will be like if I ever do have children. Because of her, when disk three acted up on me and I thought about moving on to a different book in its place, I decided to just skip disk three and keep on listening.As for the writing, I think it's pretty good. It's difficult to tell for sure, since I don't like the narrator, but the text seems to be fine. There are parts that made me laugh out loud and the story is witty enough, about four completely different women who learn from each other in the end and find happiness with what they had all along but needed to realize and appreciate for themselves. I gave the book three stars because it wasn't great — just OK. There are a couple funny moments, but mostly the book is just sort of depressing. I don't recommend it.

  • Lissa
    2019-01-03 23:52

    Reviewed by Lissa Staley Posted August 15, 2007Women's Fiction Contemporary | Contemporary Chick Lit A generation ago, Mothers Coming Together may have been called Girl's Night Out, but the local Orange Cove, Florida, chapter of the organization allows mommies an excuse to have some grown up conversation and talk honestly with other women. Bonded by their common experiences, Chloe, Anna, Juliet and Grace support each other through the challenges of raising children. Restaurant critic Anna's divorce was almost final by the time her son Charlie was born. Now that the love of her life is a two-year-old toddler though, she's wondering if it's time to re-enter the dating scene. Juliet is determined not to let her pre-school twin daughters prevent her from making partner at her law firm, even though her stay-at-home husband is increasingly uncomfortable with the amount of time Juliet spends at the office. Chloe thought her husband was excited about her pregnancy, but once the baby arrives, James isn't interested in helping her and she's soon overwhelmed. Grace is the new president of Mothers Coming Together and she's well-qualified, since she stays at home with three daughters under six years old. But Grace only compares herself to other women according to one measurement, and everyone seems thinner than she is. Each of these women has been MOMMY TRACKED and with the support of their friends, they can find ways to survive and thrive. Whether you are currently a mommy or never planning to have little ones of your own, you'll love being a part of this group of mothers as they share their triumphs and disappointments with the ever-changing expectations and demands of modern motherhood. Whitney Gaskell expands the challenges of motherhood beyond a laundry list of ideas by combining elements from the lives of four women, plus many of their mommy friends, into a funny, honest and thought-provoking examination of the ways having a child changes a woman's career, her marriage and her self- image. With four distinct storylines, this book has a plot to please every reader. Once you start reading, you'll wish these women could be your new mommy-mentors!

  • Tiffanie
    2018-12-28 21:45

    a story about 4 woman:Anna a single mom who had a short relationship with her son's father when she found out she was pregnant and they decided to get married but he couldn't stay faithful. She meets a guy but she's just to afraid to commit to she don't want her son to have the childhood she did. Her mom dated many men after her father left and anna doesn't want to bring strange men around her son. but she meets a guy who is unlike any other guy and she decideds to take a chance on him.Grace is always self-conscience about her weight. Her mom died when she was little an her dad remarried. A woman who constantly belittled grace for her weight etc. Shes married with 3 girls and goes on a weight loss diet by drinking a tea that causes her to lose 11 pounds in a month an makes her collapse one day. Juliette is a full time lawyer with twin girls and a husband who stays at home with the girls because she made more money to support the family and her husbands fire fighting career would barely be enough to cover daycare costs. Hes often intimidated by his wife being the breadwinner and is discouraged that she misses out on so much of the girls and family time because she puts work first trying to make partner. Juliette often fantasizes about her boss Alex who is dreamy and when approached with the opportunity to have an affair with him she decides not to. chloe who is new to the area and the friends group meets the ladies at a mommy's coming together group that Grace is president of. She's pregnant with her first son and her husband works. Shes a reporter for a magazine. when chloe has the baby she thought everything would change. Instead her husband golfs more an works more an leaves all the baby responsibility to chloe. meanwhile chloe takes up her old habit of shoplifting and it taes her getting caught to put things in persepective for her.

  • Judy
    2019-01-18 02:44

    After finishing a rather disappointing "Mommy Lit" book, but I didn't start out with very high hopes for Mommy Tracked. I was pleasantly surprised though by the quality of the writing and the believability of the different plots. From the first chapter I felt like these were women that I could actually see myself being friends with. They were funny and flawed, but most of all, they were there for each other. Many of the conversations and situations felt very real to me. One of the character's story lines revolved around her being a divorced mother of a toddler who was just starting to date again. As someone who is going through the same thing myself, I found it very interesting and true to life. That is not something that you see a lot of in "Mommy Lit" so it was nice to see someone in my particular situation being represented. Because the story follows four different characters, you get four different takes on being a mother from having to care for a newborn to having to deal with sending the children off to school. Chloe just had her first baby is deal with the exhaustion that comes along with it as well as an unhelpful husband. Anna randomly ran into a guy that could be Mr. Right but she doesn't think that it is a good idea to date while her son, Charlie, is still so young and impressionable. Grace has just recently given birth to her third little girl and is having body issues to go along with left over her baby weight. And Juliet has been working almost non-stop to make partner at her law firm, and enjoying spending time with her boss a little too much, while her husband stays home to take care of their 4-year-old twins.You don't need to be a mother to enjoy this book, but I'm sure that it would make it just a little bit more meaningful.

  • Sherri Hunter
    2019-01-08 03:46

    Interesting story of the ups and downs of motherhood, relationships and life. Each character is unique and individual but complement one another quite well. I liked all of them and thought they could easily be women you would want to be friends with. The author does such an excellent job of illuminating their situations, triumphs and challenges that made their personalities come alive and made it easy for me to empathize with each of them. I do have to say that there was a brief moment when I thought I would give up on this book because of the direction Juliet was headed, but her actions ultimately made my earlier doubts about her vanish. The pace of the story was a little slow for me in the beginning, but started to pick up half-way into the story. Though the pace dragged for me some, my interest and curiosity about the characters remained intact.My Final Verdict: Overall, this is a good story that will appeal to fans of the romance and chick-lit genres who enjoy stories that focus on interpersonal relationships, both the good and the bad. Readers who like stories about the challenges of real-life and overcoming adversity will enjoy this story. Raising children is hard work and this story is a reminder how important it is for a mother to have a good support network around her.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2018-12-25 04:38

    If I would have written this review a few years ago, I would have given this book 4 or 5 stars. I guess I am a bit spoiled now, cause I have discovered so many great books. This used to be one of my favourite kind of books. Books about women, their lives and their friendships. I love those and this one was a very decent read. The only thing I want, please life is not perfect, so don't make all the women have a good ending. All relationship struggles they go through, are solved in this book. And as I have noticed I have been saying a lot in my reviews lately, not realistic.That is too bad cause the problems the 4 women go through in this book are realistic enough. It would have been better I think if one of the 4 would have decided to live without the guy. You can be happy without men you know :)All in all I did enjoy it. 4 stars is too high, 3 stars is a bit too low. On goodreads 3 stars means I liked it. so 3 stars on this site. 3.5 in reality. ;)

  • Ruth
    2019-01-10 03:49

    This book was an interesting look at the life of moms who try to do it all. Four moms develop a close relationship with each other. They have different profiles: one is a lawyer with a stay at home husband, another is a freelance writer whose husband is so preoccupied with doing his own activities that he is never around to help with the baby, a third is a happily married stay at home mom with a loving husband but who has issues with her body image, and the fourth is a woman who got married because she was pregnant and her marriage has now fallen apart. She is a restaurant reviewer for a local paper. Several intersting events take place in the book making it a worthwhile and quick read.

  • Michelle Robinson
    2019-01-03 23:40

    I read this a year or so ago I didn't remember it at all until I "found" it at the library and picked it up for something new and interesting. I recognized it almost from the start. It is a novel of women who all happen to connect or meet through hierarchy children. However being parents really has very little to do with what we learn aboutyhese women. I like many of the characters quite a lot Anna was my favorite. However I also found Chloe to be quite compelling. I was ready to see both of them stand up for themselves and take better care of themselves by the first half of the novel. Here are many storylines here with many characters but I think the author has made them all feel authentic and interesting.

  • Casey
    2018-12-23 00:56

    This was such a cute and fun book to read. I loved being able to read it from the perspective of being a mother. It made the book so much better. It was a joy to read and towards the end of the book, I just couldn't put it down. I wanted everything to resolve and everything to be okay with everyone and it just made me read faster and faster to get to the end. Reading as a mother, it made so much sense. All the things that we go through and everything that we wish we could do, etc...It made everything fall into place and shows that we should never take anything for granted and that our families should come first. It was a great read and I highly recommend it to any mothers. It was super fun and super quick to read through.

  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    2018-12-20 22:44

    A step into the world of mommy, work, family, friends, life and all that this world involves. Love, lust, problems, pain, procrastination. Grace is the stay at home mom with weight issues and step mommy problems.Chloe is the young fresh face pregnant newlywed. She is very inquisitive.Anna his a beautiful son and a hectic life. On top of all that she is re-entering the dating world.Juliette is the high power high maintenance mother with twin daughters that she barely sees.Gaskell puts the world of mommyhood front and center in this tale.

  • Maryruth Endicott
    2018-12-21 01:53

    I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were quite believable mothers dealing with many issues that I too could relate to. However, sometimes I found the character of Juliet really stupid for not realizing the impact of her actions on her family and just moving straight ahead and not looking around her. I also found Grace's character a little annoying for her self deprecation but she is a very believable representation of someone struggling with their self image. I really loved how Chloe found her voice!

  • Mandi Blackburn
    2018-12-26 00:45

    Halfway through this book I came to terms with the fact that there was no, and never would be a plot. The story was meant to be character driven, however, the characters were well below the speed limit. As far as chick lit is concerned, it's fine. It was an easy read, and left readers with the idea that books could not produce any more troubling ideas than that of dating while having a small child. Well enough written, and read, to pass the time sufficiently; however not well enough to be considered quite worth that time.

  • Stacey
    2019-01-07 05:54

    This book had every archetype of mom- working mom who never saw her kids, stay at home mom who wished she had something for herself, single mom who was overwhelmed because of her useless ex, and new mom who was overwhelmed because of her hapless husband. I wanted to love this book, I truly did. I couldn't get past how cookie cutter the characters were and how improbable the conflicts in the book were. Changing the locks on your husband instead of talking it through (in your first fight)? Fainting and going into a coma bc of your diet tea? Cmon now. I wish this book was better.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-13 22:43

    On audio. So far, I am entertained by the characters. One of them is an attorney who had twins and still works full time while her husband quit his firefighting job to stay home with them...so I want to see if I relate!Not relating entirely, because I have neither the energy nor the inclination to have a crush on anyone. But, the book itself just gripped me, although parts of it were a little bit obvious I loved it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-15 22:05

    In this entry in the "mommy chick lit" genre, four friends/moms of young children deal with different problems - a single mom re-enters the dating scene, a workaholic mom tries to balance career and motherhood, one tries to cope with new motherhood and an unhelpful husband, and one struggles with a desire to lose weight and a mean mother-in-law. The characters and their problems were a bit broadly drawn and overly easily wrapped up. But a cute enough read.

  • Tasha
    2019-01-10 02:38

    This was an entertaining story about 4 female friends all in different stages of motherhood and with differing backgrounds (one is a stay-at-home mom, one is a working lawyer whose firefighter husband stays home, one is a single mom, and one is a brand new mom who is just figuring things out). The story is entertaining. It's not earth shatteringly good, but if you are looking for a quick and light read, this one is worth it.

  • Amber
    2019-01-08 22:58

    Not to take away from her other books because I am a huge fan of those as well... they had me LOL and staying up late... but Mommy Tracked has more depth. In between the hilarious predicaments, there is a truth and deepness as to what issues many moms face today. There is also so much more vividness to the details in this book. If you are a mom, this is a must read and if you're not a mom... just have fun!

  • Kelly (TheWellReadRedhead)
    2018-12-22 22:50

    I probably would have given this 3 stars normally, but because I read it while 22 weeks pregnant, it got an extra star. :) The stories of the 4 friends in the book just really resonated with me as I'm getting ready to greet our first baby. I found their stories to be believable and entertaining at the same time. Is this rocket science? No, but it's fun and funny chick lit, especially for mommies or mommies-to-be.

  • Dawn
    2019-01-03 22:36

    Readable story with likeable characters that will resonate with women with small kids at home. Even if you're not a mom, the story is enjoyable and a good read. Being as I live in Palm Beach County, it's also kind of neat that Gaskell has set several of her books in Florida (specifically, Palm Beach/Martin counties) since she lives in the area as well. I've read several of her books and can't say anything bad about any of them as I've enjoyed them all.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-18 22:58

    I'd chalked this one up to pure fluff when I first started reading....and it didn't really rise too far above that, but it did contain real problems and good solutions. Though the problems were too easily fixed and it wrapped up way too neatly. Still, a good diversion for the mommy set.I do still want to know what mother's club thinks that teaching it's members how to give a better blow job is a good idea? Gah!

  • Gina
    2019-01-03 22:58

    This book was a very fluffy read. It reminded me a little of the sex and the city or lipstick jungle type story, since it was about several different females, their relationships, careers and friendship. There were some funny moments and definitely times when I could relate to the stories of a couple of the girls.I don't know that I was sucked in to this bood and wanted more about the characters, but it was worth finishing and an entertaining light read.

  • Julia
    2019-01-05 22:56

    This book was a quick read but was a little graphic at times. Mostly chick lit type reading although I don't think the situations were as contrived as some reviewers implied. I think the weight, single parent , father involvement and career issues were all pretty real and not too far fetched. I identified more with the single parent in the story although I definitely have parts of my life that related to all the characters in the story. Overall, a decent and easy beach read.