Helen Whitaker: The School Run


Today I’m on the blog tour for The School Run. My review is written with thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher and Netgalley.


Two mothers. Two daughters. One school place.


Imogen and Lily are old friends – they’ve shared hangovers, unsuitable boyfriends and wild nights out together. But now they’re mums, and their partying days are behind them.

When a place comes up at one of the best primary schools in the area, both women want it for their daughters. From faking religious beliefs to bogus break-ups, Imogen and Lily will go to any lengths to secure the perfect school for their children – and so will all the other mothers.

Will their friendship survive the strain? Will their marriages take the pressure? And when a sexy new vicar arrives on the scene, will the mothers’ keep focus for long enough to keep their eyes on the prize?

A hilarious, heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Fiona Gibson.


I chose to join the blog tour for The School Run as I fancied a lighthearted read with a touch of comedy. It certainly fulfils this criteria and there are several moments that brought a smile to my face.

The School Run is told in alternate chapters from the perspectives of Lily and Imogen. These characters are really well developed and I am impressed by the way that Whitaker looks really deeply into their personalities and personal lives. There is also a great cast of supporting characters in Yasmine, Jusna and the other “nursery mums”. As the plot centres around parenthood, I do feel I would have been able to relate to the characters more if I were a parent myself, but it is clear that they are well observed and researched.

Alongside the humour, Whitaker also explores some more serious issues. I appreciated the opportunity to see how the characters would respond to this and it definitely allowed me to give some thought to the issues she raised.

The School Run is available from Amazon.

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