Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Drop Off by Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish – Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 April 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Allen & Unwin




At Bayside Primary, it’s the adults who are behaving like children…

Lizzie, Megan and Sam became accidental friends over good coffee, banter and wrong-world jokes at school drop off. Lizzie is a part-time midwife with four kids and a secret past. Sam is an ex-chef and stay-at-home dad with an absent, high-flying corporate wife. Megan is an ex-model single mum with a thriving online business and no time for loneliness. None of them have much interest in their school community, but when tragedy deals Bayside Primary’s reputation a potentially crippling blow, this unlikely trio have to step up. Forced out of their respective comfort zones, Lizzie, Megan and Sam learn more about each other, the school and themselves than they thought possible.

And it all begins at The Drop-Off.




Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin and DMCPR for sending me a copy of The Drop Off, in exchange for an honest review!


If you’re looking for a truly funny book right now, The Drop Off is the one.  My kid isn’t school aged yet, but this book was already SO relatable.  With very real parents and no sanctimummy’s in sight, I am these ladies and these ladies are me.

Sam, Lizzie and Megan all have their own struggles – Sam’s marriage isn’t looking too good, Megan is struggling to keep all the balls in the air, as a single mum with a thriving online business and Lizzie has just discovered her past has stubbornly refused to stay in the past.  None of them have the time or inclination to put their hand up for any school volunteer roles. In fact they’d rather stick their head in the toilet.  But a tragedy and a joke create the perfect storm and they find themselves roped in to organising the school play of all things.

As each of the friends navigate what life throws at them, they become more than just acquaintances who meet at the school drop off.

The wit combined with the very real curve balls that come with marriage, kids, in-laws and ageing parents combined in a way that made this book one that had me laughing out loud one moment and feeling deep sympathy for the characters the next.

This book was a lot of fun and the side characters in the book were just as entertaining as the main characters.  From sweet primary school kids to surly pre-teens and rocking elderlies, they all captured my heart. (Ok, sometimes the surly pre-teens struck fear into my heart thinking about the days I’ve got to look forward to 😂).

This is one to kick back with a wine or coffee and read in one sitting, while the kids are in bed.  Or at school😉



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