Monday, June 2, 2014

Moms' Night Out: A Novelization by Tricia Goyer

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer has written the novelization to the much-anticipated movie, Moms’ Night Out. Don’t miss this hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.
Look for the companion devotional written by comedian Kerri PomarolliMoms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.
Tricia and Kerri have teamed up for the “No More Frumpy Mommy” challenge.
Moms Night Out Tricia Goyer Kerri Pomarolli
Motherhood can sometimes seem like survival of the fittest. Every day brings its own troubles, and by the end of the day, you’re spent. Between school, soccer practice, cleaning, laundry, cooking dinner, putting away dishes, and keeping your kids from going at each others’ throats, the last thing on your mind is getting away for an evening. If that’s you, you’re invited to take part in Tricia and Kerri’s No More Frumpy Mommy challenge.
Tricia and Kerri will choose 10 winners to receive a Fandango gift card to see Moms’ Night Out, as well as copies of Moms’ Night Out (the book) and Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss. One grand-prize winner will receive $200 to put toward her own moms’ night out or her own moms’ night out “ride” (getting her car detailed and cleaned).
Moms Night Out Novel PK


Moms’ Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong?
Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.
The MOMS’ NIGHT OUT film features Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (EVERBODY LOVES RAYMOND, THE MIDDLE), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).

Here is the trailer to the movie.
MY REACTION: Writing a novelization of someone else's screenplay must be a daunting task.  The characters are already there and so are their essential feelings, but all of that "stuff" that authors usually reveal in a carefully chosen blend of  characters'voice of self reflection, omniscient narrator's descriptive eye, and action has been defined by someone else through a camera's lens and action.  Much as I like movies, life through the camera lens usually means that much of a character's inner essence just isn't fully developed.    Viewers are left to assume much and sometimes that fails.  When the movie being viewed is based on a book I've read, I find myself relying on all those character nuances I'd read to help me better understand the movie. When reading MOMS' NIGHT OUT, I had almost the opposite reaction.  My mind kept wanting to start the play button.  I could hear and see the scenes, especially the closeups.  Not having yet seen the movie, I still had the feeling I was reading words that were trying to capture what someone else had filmed.  That does not mean I did not like the story or the characters; I did find MOMS' NIGHT OUT entertaining in a frantic, over the top way.  I especially liked Sondra who has spent her entire marriage trying to be the "perfect" pastor's wife, when being the real Sondra was all she needed to do.

I admire Tricia Goyer's busy literary career and I understand the film's creators selecting her to write the novelization, I am just not sure why we needed the novelization.  If its sole purpose was to promote the movie, then it succeeded because I kept thinking I should be watching this story, not reading it.  If the publishers really wanted a story about several moms-- overworked, under-appreciated, and lacking self-confidence, then I really think they should have given Tricia Goyer an open project and she would have created a story with all those voices of self-reflection, onmiscient narrators, and original actions scenes that more successfully define a worthwhile read.
 I am looking forward to seeing MOMS' NIGHT OUT which I think is one of those wildly over the top movies that can entertain us with its blown out of proportion view of life.  I've heard that there has been some controversy about the whole stay at home mommy crisis that prompts the night out in the movie.  In 2014, I think that is just a foolish criticism.  Motherhood is a 24/7 job whether you stay at home, work in a glass office, or serve drinks at the bowling alley (like Bridget in the book). Way back when our kids were little, we made the decision that I would stay home.  That required many monetary sacrifices, but we made it.  When our youngest was 4 or 5, I went back to work.  Let me say, there were days in both lifestyles when I felt the same as Allison in the book, especially since my husband worked a night shift for over 20 years!  Both working mothers and stay at home mothers need more support from their families, communities, and even their church homes.  I was delighted to see that a devotional book has been put together to support MOMS' NIGHT OUT.

I received a copy of MOMS' NIGHT OUT from LITFUSE for my honest review.

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