Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses

"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily GiffinNamed A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle online, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!One of Popsugar's "10 Books Your Favorite Celebrities Are Reading This Spring"The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four fam...

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Other People's Houses Reviews

  • Melisa

    I have not laughed out loud this much and this loud at a book in who knows how long. One hilarious line after another. I bow down to your comedic delivery, Ms. Abbi Waxman. She has taken some serious topics and added some light to them, well done.

    I found the central character of Frances to be my favorite - she was absolutely hilarious, and I kinda wish she was a real person because I would want to be her friend. This cast of characters all had

    I have not laughed out loud this much and this loud at a book in who knows how long. One hilarious line after another. I bow down to your comedic delivery, Ms. Abbi Waxman. She has taken some serious topics and added some light to them, well done.

    I found the central character of Frances to be my favorite - she was absolutely hilarious, and I kinda wish she was a real person because I would want to be her friend. This cast of characters all had their quirks and I found them all to be very real.

    I’m actually sad this one is over, I’m going to miss these crazy characters - gimme more Abbi Waxman now! And lucky for me, I just found Waxman’s previous book at a used book sale last week and I jumped around a bunch of people to get my hands on that one stat.

    Definitely for adult eyes only! - Rated R for language and adult situations.

    This was a Traveling Sisters group read and I loved hearing everyone’s thoughts.

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Berit☀️✨

    From the minute I picked up this book I was sucked into the lives of these characters.... Abbi Waxman did a phenomenal job of bringing to life these characters..... they were so real, so relatable, so compelling.... as a mother of three living in Southern California, who live through the PTA,AYSO, and a teenage daughter.... I found so much of this book so relevant and laughably true.... The scene in this book at the PTA meeting where they were debating Cotill

    From the minute I picked up this book I was sucked into the lives of these characters.... Abbi Waxman did a phenomenal job of bringing to life these characters..... they were so real, so relatable, so compelling.... as a mother of three living in Southern California, who live through the PTA,AYSO, and a teenage daughter.... I found so much of this book so relevant and laughably true.... The scene in this book at the PTA meeting where they were debating Cotillion lessons had me in tears... The struggle is real!

    Francis is the glue that holds this book together as well as the neighborhood.... she drives all the neighborhood kids to school, is always there for everybody when they need her, and is always putting everybody else before herself.... she also had a sense of humor about herself, her family, her life, and the world in general, I always love that in a character.... if Francis and I were to live on the same block we would absolutely be friends and she would never find me on my living room floor in a compromising position.... promise..... however this did happen when she went to retrieve toilet paper rolls from Ann’s house.... imagine this you drop your neighbors kid off at school and she is devastated because she forgot to bring toilet paper rolls needed for craft time (and as anybody knows who has had a child of elementary school age those are always a big must when it comes to craft time).... so you decide to do the (neice) thing and go back and retrieve those lovely toilet paper rolls from your neighbors house and then you walk in on your neighbor/friend Ann in an extremely compromising position and not with her husband.... soon enough everybody finds out what Ann is up to and the entire neighborhood goes sideways.... especially Charlie, Ann’s husband.... i’ll stop there with anything about the plot, I want you to read this for yourself and enjoy the journey... it is a fabulous one!

    This is a book about love, pain, family, friends, children, and everything else that makes up a life.... told very realistically with a huge dose of humor.... this book is going to make me look at my neighbors in a whole new way.... what is really going on behind that front door? Who really are the people in your neighborhood?

    Strongly recommend to anybody who enjoys a character driven book with tons of laugh out loud moments and an extremely relatable plot....

    PS: AYSO stands for American Youth Soccer Organization ⚽️

    *** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  • Kendall

    I know what you're thinking... another neighborhood book?!

    No.. ladies and gents what a deliciously addictive novel about a suburban neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles focusing on four families.

    What more can you want from a novel?! Gossip, lies, secrets and humor ALL in one!

    Let's meet our main character Frances Bloom. She is the "carpool" mom that takes all the kids to school. One morning, she accidentally walks in on one of her neighbors having an affair. Of course, the word travels like l

    I know what you're thinking... another neighborhood book?!

    No.. ladies and gents what a deliciously addictive novel about a suburban neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles focusing on four families.

    What more can you want from a novel?! Gossip, lies, secrets and humor ALL in one!

    Let's meet our main character Frances Bloom. She is the "carpool" mom that takes all the kids to school. One morning, she accidentally walks in on one of her neighbors having an affair. Of course, the word travels like lightning and boy does it spread!!! All of the neighbors start questioning their own lives, families, and children.

    What I really enjoyed about this novel was how Abbi beautifully balances the right amount of humor and seriousness throughout this story.

    Can I also say.... I cuss like a sailor (well haha maybe I should work on this.... ) but the language worked perfectly in this one.

    Abbi had me laughing out loud the majority of this novel. Characterization is a definite strong point!!

    This one is definitely one to put on your radar! I enjoyed this overall and look forward to more from Abbi Waxman.

    Huge thank you to Elisha, Berkley Publishing Group, and Netgalley for the advanced arc in exchange for my honest review.

    I read this as part of our traveling sister group. Always such a fun time with you ladies and love hearing all the thoughts! Please see their blog for the full sister review:

    4 stars

    Publication date: 4/3/18

    Published to GR: 4/2/18.

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4 stars! This was a fun, hilarious and highly entertaining novel!

    Frances (“Saint Frances” as some of the snooty PTA and soccer moms refer to her) is the central character who is a stay-at-home mother to three children. She is also the carpool mom for four other children who live on her street (yes, you read that right, she carpools seven children to school every day!). I adored Frances from the very first page. Her character is so witty, snarky and quirky that I couldn’t help myself from laughi

    4 stars! This was a fun, hilarious and highly entertaining novel!

    Frances (“Saint Frances” as some of the snooty PTA and soccer moms refer to her) is the central character who is a stay-at-home mother to three children. She is also the carpool mom for four other children who live on her street (yes, you read that right, she carpools seven children to school every day!). I adored Frances from the very first page. Her character is so witty, snarky and quirky that I couldn’t help myself from laughing out loud many times while reading. Witnessing Frances dealing with her children, her husband, the neighbours, the carpool kids, PTA meetings, her personal thoughts and more all had me giggling through the pages of this charming and delectable story.

    We meet several neighbours on Frances’ street, all of whom she deals with on a regular basis during school pick up and drop off among other activities. I enjoyed each character and the different aspects they brought to the story and to Frances’ life. Following Frances through her daily/weekly routine was an amusing and unpredictable journey that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    This was a Traveling Sister Read and was such a fun treat to share with my sisters. We had a lot of laughs discussing this one!

    A big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing Group and Abbi Waxman for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  • Julie

    Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman is a 2018 Berkley publication.

    Blunt, but absolutely hysterical!

    Frances is “that” mom- the one who helps everyone, runs the carpool, is overrun with motherly instincts, but who also earns herself the slightly sarcastic nick name of 'Saint Frances'.

    But, when she inadvertently catches her neighbor, Anne Porter, in a compromising position, she is forced to contend with the fall out as she finds herself inexplicably involved. But, Anne’s affair also prompts her

    Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman is a 2018 Berkley publication.

    Blunt, but absolutely hysterical!

    Frances is “that” mom- the one who helps everyone, runs the carpool, is overrun with motherly instincts, but who also earns herself the slightly sarcastic nick name of 'Saint Frances'.

    But, when she inadvertently catches her neighbor, Anne Porter, in a compromising position, she is forced to contend with the fall out as she finds herself inexplicably involved. But, Anne’s affair also prompts her to take a closer look at the state of her own life and marriage, which might be in a bit of a rut.

    Enter in an eclectic cast of characters, all facing a moment of crisis and you have a poignant, but rip roaring, laugh out loud funny “Married with kids” expose.

    This book will make you wonder just what, exactly, your neighbors may be getting up to- and will convince you that you’d probably rather not know.

    Anytime a couple you thought of as stable, suddenly breaks up, it can have an unnerving effect on you. This is the case here, to some extent, as well. Both Frances and her husband are shaken up by Anne’s affair, worried about their own relationship, as their lives evolve around their kids and the community more than one another- yet, up until now, they seem to be pretty content and comfortable in the marriage, even though the spark has died out.

    However, as their neighbor’s marriage crumbles, literally right before their very eyes, they voice deeper concerns, admitting there are definitely some worrisome issues in the marriage. I felt a little uneasy, and worried about this couple, pulling for them, but not one hundred percent sure things will ever change for them.

    But, Frances also has her hands full with her fourteen- year- old daughter, Ava, who is a walking, talking bundle of hormones, pushing Frances as far as she can, which is nearly a pitch perfect portrayal of the angsty, tumultuous, and stress ridden time for both mother and daughter. I loved this part of the story the most, I think.

    But, there are others in the neighborhood, and part of France’s carpool, who are going through uncertain times. Bill’s wife, Julie, has been absent for a long time, but not explaining the absense to the reader, leaving Bill to take care of their child alone. Meanwhile, Iris wants another child, but is afraid to broach the subject with her wife, Sara.

    Some characters are sympathetic, and others were harder to warm up to. But, all of them are a little recognizable in some way or another, making this neighborhood, community, and all its inhabitants feel like people you can relate to, or empathize with to varying degrees, understanding the various stages in life they are at, and the crisis points they are facing.

    Somehow, Abbi Waxman manages to nail the realities of married life once you have kids, jobs, and a thousand responsibilities, and how easy it is to get bored, to take those closest to us for granted, to make enormous and regretful mistakes, and just how easy it is to fall into a complacent routine.

    Her observations are so spot on it’s a little uncomfortable at times, but she still manages to find humor in life’s difficulties and stresses and absurdities. Just like in real life, there are ups, downs, pitfalls, mistakes, and regrets. Some will work hard to get back what they lost, others will work to keep from losing what they have, others will decide to accept their fate, but at the end of the day, there is still love, family, forgiveness, and friendships, and a sense of community that can be every bit as important and just as comforting.

    This is in many ways, an adult wake-up call, a cautionary tale- but it’s also a delightfully funny, and all too realistic look at life, marriage and family that will resonate with anyone and everyone.

  • Meredith

    It’s hard to write a summary due to multiple POVs and plotlines, so I am just going to focus on the main ones.

    Frances, or “Saint Frances” as some of the bitchy soccer moms refer to her, is the main voice of the novel. Frances runs the neighborhood carpool, happily carting off the children of three other neighbors on a daily basis to an

    It’s hard to write a summary due to multiple POVs and plotlines, so I am just going to focus on the main ones.

    Frances, or “Saint Frances” as some of the bitchy soccer moms refer to her, is the main voice of the novel. Frances runs the neighborhood carpool, happily carting off the children of three other neighbors on a daily basis to and from multiple schools. She is the glue that not only holds her own family together, but also that of many neighbors. Wanting to constantly lend a helping hand, she sometimes oversteps boundaries and inserts herself into the drama of her friends and neighbors. Of course she has some flaws, and her weight is the focus of a lot of discussion. I could have lived without this aspect of her character, as it felt cliched.

    When Frances walks in on her neighbor Anne in a compromising position, she struggles to be a supportive friend. Anne’s family implodes, resulting in more neighborhood drama. Anne and her husband also have main POV’s, as does Frances’s cousin, Iris, and her wife, Sara.

    What I really like about

    is that it feels very realistic, with all the good, the bad, and the ugly that goes on behind closed doors mixed in. As I wrote above, Frances is the driving force, but the blurb made it seem more like the focus was going to be about Anne, and while Anne’s story takes up a good chunk really it’s about Frances. I found the narrative to be a little uneven--I wanted more from some characters, and less from Frances. I also wish the characters were a little bit more nuanced and less cliched.

    Overall this was an enjoyable, entertaining read.

    Thank you to Elisah at Berkley Publishing Group for sending me an ARC!

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by ABBI WAXMAN was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read that isn't like any other "neighborhood" book that I have read lately. I absolutely loved visiting this neighborhood.

    It's a realistic, charming, humorous, and dramatic tale with some laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood of some of the serious topics in this book. I absolutely loved our central character here, Frances Bloom and her snarky commentary. She was relatable, interesting, and quirky. Woul

    OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by ABBI WAXMAN was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read that isn't like any other "neighborhood" book that I have read lately. I absolutely loved visiting this neighborhood.

    It's a realistic, charming, humorous, and dramatic tale with some laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood of some of the serious topics in this book. I absolutely loved our central character here, Frances Bloom and her snarky commentary. She was relatable, interesting, and quirky. Would definitely recommend giving this one a go and visiting this neighborhood for yourself!

    This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience ladies!

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Berkley, and Abbi Waxman for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!

    The Traveling Sisters Review will be posted soon on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading:

    COULEE is a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.

    Where I live I am surrounded by Coulee's! :-)

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 Charming and so much fun, but not without it's serious side and some devastating consequences. What goes on behind the doors of the families in your neighborhood? Behind the facade of the perfect marriage, the woman who is always meticulously groomed, the one who always seems to have it all together? In this neighborhood, filled with mixed couples, all with one child or more, there is apparently much going on behind the scenes. Ones secret is soon to be exposed, and in a very big, loud, publ

    3.5 Charming and so much fun, but not without it's serious side and some devastating consequences. What goes on behind the doors of the families in your neighborhood? Behind the facade of the perfect marriage, the woman who is always meticulously groomed, the one who always seems to have it all together? In this neighborhood, filled with mixed couples, all with one child or more, there is apparently much going on behind the scenes. Ones secret is soon to be exposed, and in a very big, loud, public way. This revelation will cause the others to re-evaluate their own lives, their own marriages.

    I recently said I was tired of books with soap opera drama and unfeal, over srittencharacyers, women straight out of Desperate Housewives, but I had this to read. Already committed to read it and it was a sisters read so......... Sometimes it all in the tone, this was told in a light hearted manner, with much we humor. These characters were not cardboard characters but like real people,people you have in your neighborhood, can identify with them and their situations. In fact, there wasn't much in this book that I couldn't imagine happening, and much that I identified with. Mother overload, definitely, tired of meal planning or wondering whether one was feeding their family the right, nutritional food, check. Could go on and on, parts of one character, maybe parts of another.

    So as far as women's fiction goes this was a winner, also a wonderful change of pace that just might have changed my mind about reading books featuring a neighborhood or group of friends.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Tucker

    I think we’ve all wondered what goes on inside our neighbor’s houses, and as the long-time car pool mother for her block, Frances Bloom knows and sees a lot of her neighbor’s secrets (sometimes much more than she wants!) Abbi Waxman’s new novel, “Other People’s Houses” takes us inside these houses and relationships, primarily through the viewpoint of Frances. She’s a wise and witty woman who frequently finds herself getting more involved with these families than she would like. Abbi Waxman knows

    I think we’ve all wondered what goes on inside our neighbor’s houses, and as the long-time car pool mother for her block, Frances Bloom knows and sees a lot of her neighbor’s secrets (sometimes much more than she wants!) Abbi Waxman’s new novel, “Other People’s Houses” takes us inside these houses and relationships, primarily through the viewpoint of Frances. She’s a wise and witty woman who frequently finds herself getting more involved with these families than she would like. Abbi Waxman knows how to write humor and snark, but she’s also a keen and insightful observer of the joys and difficulties of family life. This is a charming and realistic story with believable characters and situations I think will resonate with many readers. It’s also very, very funny!

    Thank you to Elisha Katz, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.

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