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Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school?s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intimate secrets about their lives.
As the Diversity Commitee meetings ...
Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intimate secrets about their lives.
As the Diversity Commitee meetings become a highly anticipated monthly ritual, the new friends reveal more with each game. Picture-perfect housewife Bess struggles to relate to her surly teenage daughter and judgmental mother. Robin, a single mom, grapples with the truth concerning her child’s real father. Carla, an ambitious doctor, attempts to balance the colossal demands of her family with her dream of owning her own private practice. And to distract herself from her troubled marriage, shy copywriter Alicia fantasizes about an attractive younger colleague.
Putting all their cards on the table, the four women grow to rely on one another, bracing for one final showdown.
Transcends the conventions of chick lit to dramatize complex and timely issues.
Posted June 26, 2012
a light easy read....if you want a summer book to sit on the sand and get through quickly this is it. I liked the book. although i am more use to in-depth reading and a larger plot. The women are all fairly likeable, some more than others. If just seemed a bit unrealistic that four women could take off for the casino and leave behind their husbands, children, etc.... I would however, search for another book written by the author and read it because it was pretty good.
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Posted July 29, 2012
I love contemporary books about women and their friendships. I know nothing about poker, have to say that I still don't understand it at all but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found it interesting that the characters grew as their friendship grew. As with all of us, they question themselves and question their friendship with each other. There are things they like about each other and things they learn that they don't like so much....just like me.
I wish Valerie Frankel would write a sequel, particularly following Robin's storyline.
This was a great summer read.
Posted June 18, 2012
I bought this and thought it would be boring but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read! Valerie Frankel has a way with words that makes ther book constantly intresting, it never got boring. There were a lot of surprises you would never expect and it was very unique and relistic -- the setting in NYC. Highly recommended, awesome novel!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2012
Posted March 28, 2012
I really enjoyed Four of A Kind. The author could not have created a group of more different women. They say opposites attract and that could not be more obvious with these women. I really enjoyed how much the women gained from each other. Whether it be the strength for Carla to stand up to her husband, or Bess to stand up to her mother, each of the women grow as women because of the strength of their friends. As their relationships with each other grew, so did their desire to correct the wrongs in their life, one way or another. When the chips are down, the strength of their friendships pull them together in a way that none of them expected.
Bottom line, I think women of all walks of life can learn something from Bess and her friends. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, but when together, they all become stronger. I think Robin & Bess were my two favorite characters. Robin for her sense of humor and Bess for her ability to bring people together. If you are looking for a good book to read with your girlfriends, give this one a shot. It may even prompt you to start your own weekly poker game. *wink,wink*
Posted June 5, 2012
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