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Little Children (2004)

by Tom Perrotta

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I love Tom Perrotta the way 13-year-old girls love Justin Bieber. This is my second time reading this book and I loved it even more the second time. I rarely read books with a "perfect ending." There is usually something lacking. Not here. The conclusion is just right. And the pace of the last 50 pages is so perfectly frantic. I love it. There's a perfect balance of humor and sadness. The characters all seem real. We all know these people in our lives. Great, great, great. ( )
  KimHooperWrites | Aug 23, 2015 |
I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book when I picked it up for many reasons. A huge one being that the only other book by Tom Perrotta I’d read was The Leftovers, which I had really high hopes for, but it left me completely unimpressed. On the other hand, I really enjoy reading family dramas and wanted to give Tom Perrotta another shot. Little Children left me with a much better impression. Although there were still things I didn’t enjoy about the book, it was a good read overall.
Sidenote: WHAT'S WITH THIS GUY AND OPEN ENDINGS? Seriously. ( )
  Serenity_Tigerlily | Jun 8, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book, for the most part; though, I can't say I was all that thrilled with its WTF ending. I thought the conclusion of the movie version was more fitting. ( )
  AMANDALAWR3NCE | Jun 14, 2014 |
This book was fun and entertaining until the last 20 pages. There is no resolution to any of the "dramas" of any of the characters. This I found to be annoying. ( )
  zmagic69 | Feb 19, 2014 |
This was quite an easy quick read. Set in modern American suburbia, two bored parents begin an extra marital affair. This is very much a character study. Thought provoking rather than earth shattering. ( )
  cathymoore | Oct 20, 2013 |
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"I have a lover! I have a lover!" she kept repeating to herself, reveling in the thought as though she were beginning a second puberty.
--Flaubert, Madame Bovary
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In memory of my father, Joe Perrotta
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The young mothers were telling each other how tired they were.
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Not everything is God's will. If your VCR's broken, you don't take it to a priest. You take it to the VCR guy.
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Tom Perrotta's thirty-ish parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. There's Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms of the playground; Sarah, a lapsed feminist with a bisexual past, who seems to have stumbled into a traditional marriage; Richard, Sarah's husband, who has found himself more and more involved with a fantasy life on the internet than with the flesh and blood in his own house; and Mary Ann, who thinks she has it all figured out, down to scheduling a weekly roll in the hay with her husband, every Tuesday at 9pm.

They all raise their kids in the kind of sleepy American suburb where nothing ever seems to happen-at least until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two restless parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could have imagined. Unexpectedly suspenseful, but written with all the fluency and dark humor of Perrotta's previous novels, Little Children exposes the adult dramas unfolding amidst the swingsets and slides of an ordinary American playground.

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A group of young suburban parents, including a stay-at-home dad, a former feminist, and an over-structured mom, finds its sleepy existence shattered when a convicted child molester moves back into town and two of the parents have an affair.

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