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Monday, May 16, 2011

REVIEW for The Baby Planner

Another huge thank you goes out to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this book.

TITLE:               The Baby Planner

AUTHOR:          Josie Brown

GENRE:            Contemporary Fiction

RATING:           3 Stars

First of all, for anyone who thinks (as I did) that this book is actually "chick litty" you would be wrong, which was a bit of a disappointment to me,especially when I read the back of the book. Sorry, but it really did sound like a chick lit.

Having said that, I have to say that I actually thought the book was okay. The premise is interesting - our main character Katie, through a series of events, ends up wanting to experience the joys of pregnancy and motherhood. Unfortunately, she chose to marry a man who has other ideas and is, in fact, quite a horrible person.

So, Katie decides to "enter" the baby planning business and through this, she ends up meeting some wonderful women (kindred spirits?) who share their friendship and preganancy experiences with Katie.

I think this is the part of the book that I enjoyed the most, the friendship these women forge - through pregnancy, hope and motherhood. The fact that Katie does not have to actually be a mother to understand what it is all about. The fact that she and the other women share their love. I thought this part a very heartwarming part of the storyline and was also lots of fun, as each pregnancy had its own little surprise "ending".

However, what I kept thinking throught the entire book is the fact that Katie should actually be worrying about OTHER things in her life right now, instead of obsessing over motherhood. It was scary to me that she wanted to actually have a child with a husband who was so obviously NOT interested in fatherhood, marriage or anything that resembled humanity. It scared me that Katie was, on so many levels, in total denial about this and was willing to get pregnant. To me, this sent the wrong kind of message. I keep screaming at her "get out of this marriage and just have a child on your own - you don't need the loser AND you really don't need to bring a child into this ridiculous marriage".

Overall, the story was okay, but a little scary if it actually happened in real life.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

This sounds cute to me.

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