Bad Mothers United Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Kate Long is the author of The Bad Mother's Handbook, Swallowing Grandma, Queen Mum, The Daughter Game, Mothers and Daughters. She was born and raised in Lancashire and lives with her husband and two sons in Shropshire. Visit her website www.katelongbooks.com
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For about the first eighty pages I felt this was the sort of book that showed that sequels were a mistake. It's a longer, slightly more rambling novel than 'The Bad Mother's Handbook' and takes a while to get going.Read more ›
I spent a lot of this book wishing the main characters would behave differently. I wanted Karen to be less of a doormat, stand up for herself and act more like someone in her thirties than in her sixties. And I certainly wanted her daughter Charlotte to be less self-centred, more understanding of what her mother was doing for her. But that was the whole point: Kate Long’s characters are irritating because they are so well-drawn; we’ve all met Karen and Charlotte at some point.
And then at 93% through the book [I'm afraid Kindle doesn't do page numbers], there is a wonderful episode that puts the whole mother-daughter scenario into perspective. One of Karen’s thoughts in particular had me punching the air, shouting ‘YES!’
I loved the other key characters, especially Steve, Daniel and Walshie, although I wasn’t too sure about Eric. I’ve never been a mother, which may be why Will and Kenzie didn’t engage me as much as I suspect they were supposed to, but I have been a daughter all my life – and this book sang to that part of me. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Bad Mothers United follows the next chapter in the lives of Karen and Charlotte, with Charlotte struggling with her emotions as she juggles motherhood with her scholarly pursuits. Karen, in the meantime, seems to have bitten off more than she can chew as she takes on more than she can sensibly manage.
Painful lessons are learned about family, love and what really is important in life.
Often funny, sometimes heartrendingly sad but always warm, empathetic and entertaining.
I would recommend that you read The Bad Mother's Handbook first if you haven't done so already. In fact, I'd recommend that you buy both (The Bad Mother's Handbook and Bad Mothers United) and read them one after the other!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was not my cup of tea at all, maybe because I never read the first one and I'm not a northerner. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Annie D
I've been reading a lot of books lately and this one stood out for the way it involved me in the lives of the characters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Wendy Ogden
If you enjoyed The Bad Mothers Handbook then it goes without saying you will love Bad Mothers United.
It's such a joy to re-visit Karen, Charlotte & Nan. Read more
Always enjoy her style of writing have loved reading all her books worth it to take the time and read these.Published on 31 May 2014 by chrysta
Probably not the book to choose for a relaxing read. You spend most of your time thinking: "Oh, grow UP, Charlotte" or: "Karen, noooooo! Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by AtLass
Such a great sequel to this fantastic series! Kate Long is a brilliant writer. Great to find out what happened to our favourite fictional mothersPublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by Cnicollesmith