This is my second Jennifer Weiner book and I absolutely loved this book. I downloaded this book a while ago and did not realize at the time this was a book about giving birth to babies. I have no children so when I figured this out I almost quit reading it but I am so glad I decided to continue reading. Even though the book is based around four women who have given birth it was a book about struggles of everyday life. This book had everything in the story plot. Women who gave birth and the struggles of becoming a first time mother. One of the women lost their baby and her struggles with the loss of a child. There were struggles with going back to work, a husband who lost a job, an clueless mother in law, a husband cheating, weight issues etc. That is what is so fantastic about this book as you could relate to so many of the characters. I also loved the connection the women shared and what a great support system they all were for each other. I really, really enjoyed this book!
Never could I have considered how this plot would turn out, but it was a great deal of fun watching it unfold. As a fan of everything Weiner writes, I could not wait to consume this work. Faced with three pregnant women, I knew that the events would be interesting. As these unlikely acquaintances become fast friends a web of delight is woven for the reader. First, the rich woman goes into labor in prenatal yoga class and is assisted by her two unlikely acquaintances--one the chef wife of a doctor struggling with a mother-in-law problem, the other a perky young woman always seeing the glass half full. Add to this trio a successful actress who has run away from Hollywood after an the unfortunate death of her newborn baby, a victim of SIDS. The rollicking adventures of these women as they support one another in unwavering loyalty through the births of their babies to the throes of newborns. One comes away from this book with a warm feeling for all of mankind and a very special desire to find relationships just as rewarding. Loved it and highly recommend it.
I love Jennifer Weiner, but this book is terrifying. It pretty much screams "If you want to become a fat, floppy, man-eating nag whose husband will either cheat or never understand your pain and exhaustion, have a baby!" A lot of reviews have said it would be PERFECT for expecting or aspiring mothers, but I think the opposite - expectant mothers, unless you want all of your fears confirmed, read this book after your child has turned two, because if you don't, you'll never want to have that baby. It certainly worked for me. The characters all have their interesting walks of life, and the plot was interesting, if not a little repetitive from the middle of the book onward. Also, all of the women, aside from Becky at times, were those annoying traditional types (you know the ones - "I have to breastfeed and take off a million years of work so I can bond and spend time with the baby, when in actuality it's driving me crazy and I wish I didn't have to stare at these same four walls all damn day") that you just love to hate in real life. But Weiner is a great novelist, one of a kind, so I forgave that. If you love her as an author, and you're looking for a reason NOT to reproduce, buy it and enjoy!
I hesitated on this purchase. But knew how is loved the authors beautiful writing. And my goodness how she delivered. Amazing. I admit, the first few chapters went a little slow, but I know how important those first chapters are in a book like this, the backstory, the setting, to a lyrical novel that comes to life as an experience right before your eyes. I beg for a follow up to this book. Beg. Not bc the story is a cliffhanger, it ends beautifully. But I feel like I want to be able to check in on these women that I feel are a part of my life now. Bye and bye..I will wipe my happy tears dry.
I read this a while ago and enjoyed it immensely. It's a story about women who are adjusting to having or not having kids. One of the characters is referred to as "Yoga Barbie" because of her blonde hair and perfect body, but she is struggling with her unemployed husband. Another woman is trying to get over the loss of her own baby, who died.
The most memorable character is Becky, who is probably modeled on Weiner herself - a spunky, overweight woman who meets life head-on and has an answer for everything. Becky's accounts of meeting her husband, the early days of their relationship, and their sexual problems in the beginning, are tragicomic. Her skirmishes with her mother-in-law are also entertaining and the outcome is enlightening.
Let me make this clear. I absolutely love the book. It is funny and dramatic. I read it over and over every now and again. I decided to order the audio book so my fiance and I could listen to it in the car together. He is not a big reader so this is my way of including him in books I love. The problem is that the audio book is missing a lot of scenes. There were scenes I absolutely loved in the book, but was surprised when they were no mentioned in the audio book. It was quite a disappointment. However, for the price it is still okay.
I really enjoyed this book. I suppose it was "age appropriate" as the characters fall into their late 20s/early 30s, starting their families. The novel is pure chick-lit, with the undertone message being to never expect perfection. When you plan life out a certain way, you will be set up for disappointment. The book serves as a reminder to have faith in love, because no matter what life throws your way, a good support system is really all you need.