by Tom Perrotta
rating: 3.5 stars
Audio Book 10cds 11.5 hours
Meet Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a documentary filmmaker envious of the connection Todd has forged with their toddler son. And there's Sarah, a lapsed feminist surprised to find she's become a typical wife in a traditional marriage, and her husband, Richard, who is becoming more and more involved with an internet fantasy life than with his own wife and child. And then there's Mary Ann, who has life all figured out, down to a scheduled roll in the hay with her husband every Tuesday at nine P.M.
They all raise their kids in the kind of quiet suburb where nothing ever seems to happen—until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could ever have imagined.
The title of the book is misleading. I thought the book would be about children instead it was about the adults not being happy with the lives. There are two main characters are Todd and Sarah. They engage in an affair under the guise of having play dates with their kids. Todd is unhappy with trying to pass the bar, for he never really wanted to be a lawyer in the first place. Sarah married her husband on the rebound from another relationship after having a pretty dismal after college life. He was escaping from the pressure of face a life he didn't want and Sarah was a different change of pace. Sarah was thrilled to find that someone as good looking as Todd was interested with her. Towards the end of the book they had made a plan to runaway together leaving their families behind. Then events happen to curtail their plan. Todd realized that he really didn't want to leave his family and that he would miss his son terribly. Sarah husband had went away on a trip and decided not to come back. Sarah realized how unfit and selfish a parent she had been. Throughout the novel is a story about a child molester moving into the neighborhood. He actually didn't do much in the book in fact he was the one being harassed. At the end of the book he confessed to molesting and killing a child.