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The School for Good Mothers

Author: Jessamine Chan

Started: May 1, 2021

Finished: May 4, 2021

Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the chance to read an advanced copy of this book.

Frida has "a very bad day" where she left her infant child home alone in order to get a break. The problem is, the neighbors heard her cry and reported it to child services. In an age where child services have been seen as too lenient, Frida is in for reprogramming when it is decided she is a danger to her child. She is sent away to a camp where she will learn to be a better mother strictly devoted to her daughter's care.

The premise of this book caught my eye and I had high hopes for it. In the beginning, the storyline held great promise, but the further I read, the more unbelievable the story became. While I understand the concept of Big Brother, this went overboard. Constant surveillance, brain scans to determine maternal instinct, robot children to practice "motherese" on. It was all a lot to swallow.

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