Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review for The School Run by Helen Whitaker as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Tracy Fenton for the invite and to the publishers for the review copy via NetGalley.
About the book
Two mothers. Two best friends. One school place. Old friends, Imogen and Lily realise they are both applying for a school place at St Peter and Paul’s Infant School – one of the prestigious schools in the area. Their daughters, Enid and Winnie, quickly become the best of friends. The two women have led different lives since their cohabiting days of hangovers, unsuitable boyfriends and wild nights out. But from faking their beliefs to bogus breakups, as competition heats up, the two women will go to any lengths to get their daughters in to the perfect primary school. And so will all the other mothers.
The School Run is available to purchase now – Amazon
I have to admit I was hesitant to start this book, not because I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but because I’ve done the school runs *shivers* Honestly some of the parents I’ve encountered would have fitted perfectly into this story and the scary thing is, I’ll have to do it all again in a few years time but reading The School Run made realise that I am just a normal mum and I’m quite happy to be just normal.
Lily and Imogen are old friends but lost contact and haven’t seen each other for a number of years so when Lilly meets Imogen in the playground while trying to drop daughter Enid off on her first day of pre-school she’s pleased to see her old friend. Both women are quite different though, Lilly works full time and is always in a rush where as Imogen has given up her job to be mum and does freelance work from home and it’s soon clear that the old friends have a lot of catching up to do.
I really don’t want to give too much away about this story because I had only read the blurb beforehand so went in not really knowing what to expect and I enjoyed it so much. It had me laughing, cringing and there’s a few quite touching moments too but one of the main things I got from this book was the realness. I felt like the characters were real, the situations were real and I could see it all visually developing as I read and I couldn’t help comparing some of the mums to ones that I’ve met in real life. Like most places the school playground has its groups, you have the busy mums, the childminders, the not sure what I’m doing mums and the ‘organic s’ to name a few and it made me laugh as I was reading, the real life mums kept popping into my head as the characters.
I’ll definitely be recommending The School Run, I really enjoyed how the chapters gave us both Lily and Imogen’s feelings and also how their personal relationships were fairing or not so. This is more than just a story about some mums getting a place at a good school for their child, it’s a story about friendships, relationships and about how some things are just maybe not as important as they seem.
I ended devouring this book and I’m really looking forward to reading more from Helen Whitaker soon (hopefully).
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