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Publisher's Summary

“For fans of Sex and the City and The Nanny Diaries comes this juicy story…that would make even the most meticulously Drybar-ed hair curl.” (Good Housekeeping)

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A dark, witty pause resister about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of over-privileged 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.

©2020 Laura Hankin (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An engrossing and compelling story of the lengths women will go to convince the world - and themselves - that they're as happy and successful as society expects them to be. It's what would happen if the women from The Nanny Diaries met the women from Sex and the City in the social-media age. I devoured it in less than 48 hours." (Jill Santopolo, New York Times best-selling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words)

“The perfect mix of frothy fun, twisty mystery and social satire, Happy and Your Know It is a guilty pleasure of a book that is impossible to put down. Laura Hankin creates complex characters with lives that, like their Instagram feeds, are never as they seem. This is the summer read for book clubs, beachgoers and playgroup moms everywhere.” (Kristy Woodson Harvey, best-selling author of Slightly South of Simple)

"A juicy look at how the other half lives, Happy and You Know It is a page-turning treat in the tradition of The Nanny Diaries and Momzillas. This story of social-climbing and dark secrets heralds a delightful new voice in women's fiction." (Jamie Brenner, best-selling author of The Forever Summer)

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  • Shermeen
  • 29-05-20

I tried really hard, but I simply could not finish

I tend to really enjoy contemporary fiction that acts as a commentary on motherhood and mom culture in particular, so I was really looking forward to this book. That said, the characters are exaggerated, the main character is a dislikable bumbling idiot for whom the narrator also gives needless vocal fry, and I cringed at the number of times she said what? When she was asked a question by basically anybody. There were a few likable moments, but I definitely reached a point at which the main character was just far too much of a busybody for me to maintain my interest. The author made A valiant attempt at narration, but when taking on some of the characters, she took on this giddy frantic voice that just became exhausting to listen to. I don’t typically like writing bad reviews but this book was painful.

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  • 26-05-20

Mindless read, but not great

If you’re in the mood for that, then this is good but it’s not near great. I felt nothing for characters at end and it barely kept my attention throughout.

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  • Christine Chang
  • 02-06-20

Riveting!!! You’ll love it.

My boyfriend and I just drove from NYC to Santa Fe, and this book kept us entertained and awake the whole way. This was actually the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to (other audiobooks made me fall asleep). The author narrated it herself and did a great acting job with the many characters especially Amara and Whitney. I laughed out loud a bunch. We basically binged it, and I hope it’ll be a tv series or movie too!!!

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 31-05-20

What a delight!

Such a fun listen! Love the different voices! Definitely helps keep everyone straight! So many dimensions to each character! Such unexpected depth!

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  • lisa
  • 25-05-20

Loved it!!!!!

Absolutely wonderful book! A story of motherhood and friendship, all the characters were so individually developed that it was super easy to follow. Very reminiscent of big little lies. If cussing and sex scenes are offensive to you then you might not enjoy it as much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-20

Enjoyable listen

really enjoyable listen. Good characters and an interesting surprise twist. would definitely listen to more from this author

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  • TXgirl
  • 18-10-20

Shallow beach read

Kind of a ridiculous book. It was entertaining but the plot twists were cringe worthy

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  • Yassy
  • 04-10-20

I couldn't stop listening!

The author played each character well! Somewhat of a twist turner but well written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-20

Fun, light hearted read

This story of an ousted band member turned children’s entertainer and her foray into the rich, elite mommy group scene in New York was a fun listen. What starts out as an innocent job singing to the babies becomes a twisted adventure as the moms begin allowing her more and more access into their world. A fun, entertaining book. Just right for a quick read!

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  • 18-07-20

light acting, good story

I am not a fan of heavy acting audio books. I want to hear the person read the book without doing tons of bad voices. The reader does recycle some voices but I dont mind that. If you are looking to hear the story and are not looking for a recording of a play this is a good presentation.
The story itself was pretty interesting but there were a few things that kind of gave clues that the writer is not as well informed about everything they wanted to use as they could have been. They talk about general knowledge things, sure, but when it comes time to scratch beyond the surface you can see where she falls short with their understanding. Like, there are definitely websites that review and rate babysitters and a women who is an "influencer" and "in the know" would have known about some good babysitting services and websites that rate them.