Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Hilariously fast paced and witty, yet serious and tragic, Marc Shuster’s The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl is the chronicle of Audrey Corcoran and her struggles to be perfect at everything.

Audrey, who has long been known as “a perfect soccer mom,” finds herself as a single mother of two girls. Her ex-husband now refers to her as his best friend and tries to include her in his wedding plans, family vacations, etc. Deep down, Audrey resents his attempts at friendliness, but as she is the “perfect” mother, friend, etc., she tries to deal with the escalating episodes in superb form.

On a night on the town with coworkers, Audrey is offered some cocaine and for the first time in her life, she almost considers it. She finds herself face to face with cocaine again while on a date and eventually gives in and decides to try it.

Very rapidly, Audrey finds herself using more and more frequently. The issues in her life suddenly seem easier now that she has the drug to use as a crutch to help her get through the rough spots. It comes as no surprise when she finds herself small time dealing to cover the expense. Spiraling deeper and deeper into her addiction, Audrey is destined for a crash and unfortunately it comes in front of her children.

Engrossed from the very first page, I found myself unable to put the book down and would highly recommend The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl to everyone. This was hands-down the most believable, terrifying and friendly novel I have read in quite some time and I look forward to seeing more by Marc Schuster in the future.

Rating: 5/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.