Parents behaving badly [electronic resource] : a novel / Scott Gummer.
- ISBN: 9781611200966 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
- ISBN: 1611200962 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 59 min.)) : digital.
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2011. [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC : 2011.
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|Summary, etc.:||Parents Behaving Badly is an uproarious, surprising, and poignant satire of American suburbia and youth sports gone wild. Everyone that has ever been involved with youth sports can relate. Kids, coaches, friends, family - everyone knows 'that guy' or 'that mom. The setting is Little League, but the experiences and issues are universal.|
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Publishers Weekly Review
Parents Behaving Badly
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In Gummer's humorous if subdued debut, a suburban Little League serves as the nexus for thwarted ambitions, competitive intrigues, marital rifts, and, as an afterthought, kids who might be interested in baseball. Ben Holden, recently returned to his California hometown from New York, becomes a reluctant coach, grappling with his late father's legacy as a revered high school athletic mentor and the ambivalence that comes with middle-aged parenting and a mature, mostly stable marriage. He's appealing and accessible, as are many of Gummer's cast of family members, friends and neighbors. There's the deftly rendered list of things Ben's sister prizes: "their McMansion in the tony, new and also curiously named CascadeForest development of Sacramento, her Lexus hybrid and his Prius, their Pottery Barn furnishings, her Tory Burch Shoes and matching handbags." But too often, these descriptions substitute for character development and depth, and while the slew of subplots-the most dramatic of which involves low-grade sexual tension between Ben and a sexy ultrasound technician-are entertaining, they can't mask the fact that the novel fails to really deliver on the promise of its title. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Parents Behaving Badly
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Ben and Jili have only recently moved from New York back to their small California hometown when Ben's father, Coach, the high school's beloved baseball coach, dies. Ben finds himself thrust into the world of high-pressure Little League while simultaneously fighting his own childhood and teenage demons. Minor characters drop in and out of the action, including Liza, a high-school hottie grown fat, and Del, a lifelong bully; these two, though not fully realized, add to the general feel of suburban life. Less realistic are the brief appearances of fictional pop-star Touche, who arrives as a deus ex machina with free concert tickets to save Ben's relationship with his daughter and imperil his relationship with his wife, and of Homer King, a major-league player and Coach's one professionally successful trainee, who decides to come out of the closet after Coach's death. Because King is never fully developed, readers may find it hard to feel anything for his successes and failures. The subject of high-pressure helicopter parents is ripe for satire, and journalist Gummer delivers a few barbs, but overall, this is a fairly gentle, sweet look at modern suburban life.--Block, Marta Segal Copyright 2010 Booklist