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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Margie McDougal is the unhappy mommy in Laura Kennedy’s book, See Mommy Run. Every woman who has, or ever has had, teenagers growing up will recognise her. Margie and Mike, both with full time jobs that bore them, but just about keep the household financially afloat, have Kim and Molly. The two girls skip school, skip their chores, watch inane television programmes, smoke pot, and consequently are almost permanently grounded. Margie gets in trouble at work – visits to the boss’s office aren’t for “kudos and cookies” - and her marriage to Mike hits rock bottom when he sides with Kim and Molly. So, Mommy dreams of leaving… her family, her job, and the confines of the San Fernando Valley in sunny California. Will Margie go? Is Kim’s upcoming appearance before the State Attorney the final straw?
Laura Kennedy lays a solid scenario in See Mommy Run; it’s one that would drive most women to dream of opting out. Dream? Margie cashes in “rainy day” bonds and takes a flight to San Francisco, and spends most of the remaining money on a night in a grand hotel and a clothes binge. Stuck in a cheap motel, with waitressing at Fishermen’s Wharf looming, she grabs a room in a shared house with Ginger, an air hostess who disappears for days, and bisexual Randy and his partner, jealous Jason. Freedom for middle class, middle aged Margie is intoxicating, until guilt about motherless Kim and Molly kicks in. See Mommy Run is fun: a larger-than-life, gloriously OTT soap opera, and I loved it.