Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Up to 70% off Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Shop Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

26
4.9 out of 5 stars
Playground Politics
Format: Kindle EditionChange
Price:£1.19
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2012
Looking for an easy read between heavier offerings I expected Playground Politics by Judy Bryan to be a frivolous overview of playground tittle tattle, what I got was a deep meaningful read which tested all of the emotions, dealing not only with the serious issue of playground bullying, amongst the parents not the kids, but also wrapping around it a great storyline reflecting and dealing with issues which we can all associate with and many will have experienced.

A thoroughly enjoyable book the only time you will want to put it down is to absorb and deal with your own emotions awakend by this compelling story. Looking forward to the next Judy Bryan book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2012
I enjoyed this first novel very much. In fact I finished reading it at 2am. This book is very well written and the author deals sensitively with family dynamics and the importance of friendship. Most women will sympathise/empathise with Becky, the single parent juggling home/work and relationships as best she can. This is an ideal holiday read and I look forward to more from this author.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2012
"I learned that Kate's husband was a fireman, and she learned that mine was a sh$%." Judy Bryan doesn't hold back as she vividly tells of a woman in the middle of a divorce. Perhaps because I'm witnessing a dear friend in this very place, but Bryan's book hit me over the head. The lies a parent must say so that children don't hate the other parent, the fine line between love and hate, and add on top the fact that life keeps going and throwing more issues at the soon-to-be single parent. Judy Bryan has shown those "games" played out with other mums on the playground brilliantly. The pecking order that ensues and how it all becomes one more thing for her heroine to juggle. A wonderful tale for the married, divorced, or simply a person looking for a great story of empowerment and perseverance.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2012
What a fab summer read. Easy to get in to with likeable characters. There is love, friendship, sadness and conflict - it's great!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2012
Anyone who has endured the school playground as a parent knows that there can sometimes be underlying tensions. The friendship issues of your own child can affect which parents will speak to you or not. Parents of badly behaved children can expect to be talked about. This very well written novel illustrates these issues well but also interweaves a love story with a story of friendship.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2012
I'm sure I'm not the only one to identify with Becky and the thorny subject of 'playground politics', never mind the other real life issues addressed. Masterfully written, this book made me both laugh and cry. I only wish I could have had as much strength of character as the heroine demonstrated in this very real portrayal of bullying at the school gates (and not by the children!). Please, Judy Bryan, let's have some more from you very soon!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
This was a very enjoyable read, which I read quickly as found the story line very compelling and easy to relate to. This is one of those books, I would recommend that all mothers should read before their children go to school .... It is a bit like reading the book about giving birth before having your child which people suggest, but we never do. However, if we did follow the advice, this book would forearm us with the knowledge that we need in order to survive being a parent on the playground. We would learn to build up very strong armour when dealing with the parents on the playgrounds of our beloved children.

This book tackles some of the very emotional issues that only mothers would experience with their children. It was very refreshing to read, because as a mother, these emotions are a little taboo and one has to be careful where to voice them. This book allows the reader to revisit some of the emotions they once felt and realise that these are part of that "rich tapestry of life!"
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 9 November 2012
Although Playground Bullying is not something I have experienced I have observed it happening to others - both children and adults. Many of the issues raised in this book reminded me of the work: Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships (1964) the best selling book by psychiatrist Eric Berne. It was required reading for me when I trained as a teacher in the late 60s and I think that, judging from reading Judy's book, little has changed since then. People are manipulated and in turn manipulate others. Friendships are formed and broken and the churning emotions generated are used by cynical "friends" to throw the dynamics of friendship and family relationships out of kilter. I really empathised with Becky, the single parent juggling home/work and relationships to the best of her ability and keeping some of the harsher realities of life from her children. I think that Judy has tackled some serious issues in a light-hearted way that gets the message across without brow beating the reader. I wanted to know what happened to Becky next, how her life turned out. Maybe I’ll find out in Judy's next novel. I look forward to reading it and commend Playground Politics to all who negotiate the emotional minefield of the school playground and toxic friendships on a daily basis."
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
This is great writing and shows considerable depth especially towards human behavior.
The build up moves to an intense ending and the reader will be surprised.
This is such a wonderful debut offering from a talented writer.
I look forward to the sequel.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2012
This was a fantastic read, read in one day ... But only cos I couldn't get my head out of this captivating read! Well done on capturing the intricacies of the modern playground whilst tackling some real truths all done in a lighthearted chick lit way!!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed


The Playground Mafia
The Playground Mafia by Sarah Tucker
£3.95
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.