So I was asked by Mumsnet to review The Hive by Gill Hornby. Centred around the group of mums from St Ambrose Primary School it follows the ups and downs of the lives of the mums as they encounter different opportunities and hurdles throughout the year. My kind of book something I would pick up to read if I come across it
There are a lot of different from Bea the queen bee – one of these in every school, especially our school cue my furrowed brow and slight frown upon arrival at school to the mums so desperate to be noticed and belong they are willing to do anything. It was also interesting to see the change in characters as the story progressed, (Heather)
I found it to be an amusing, at times, light hearted read although I did struggle to get into it at first. The characters were totally believable and I found myself nodding along as I learnt more about the individual characters and recognising them from the playground too. *I am not or never have been part of this world I watch with disdain from the sidelines but that’s for another post!*
Gill Hornby put it all together brilliantly giving, in my opinion a true reflection of what could be encountered in school playgrounds across the country or even world. Ambition, politics, bullying and what I personally think, that sometimes mums tend to forget the school is there for their children not for them and the book too focused on this
For me I found that it struggled to hold my interest but this is probably mainly to do with the fact that this scene doesn’t interest me and due to past experiences I did find it hard to relate to or feel sympathy towards certain characters. Also I did keep forgetting certain people but again there is a lot of mums in the playground and I think that in this setting real or fiction this is exactly what happens so I didn’t distract anything from the story.
I think this is a great summer/beach/holiday read but for me it just simply ended without me feeling any emotion or attachment to the characters which is unusual for me. But that’s just me.