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Little Earthquakes review

October 1, 2008

From the Publisher:

First comes love. Then comes marriage. And then things start to get really interesting…

In Good in Bed, Cannie Shapiro conquered public heartbreak and shaky self-esteem. In In Her Shoes, Rose and Maggie Feller learned about family secrets and the ties that bind. Now, in Jennifer Weiner’s richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet, this highly acclaimed storyteller brings readers a tale of romance, friendship, forgiveness, and extreme sleep deprivation, as three very different women navigate one of life’s most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.

Rebecca Rothstein-Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, supportive friends, a restaurant that’s received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl…and the mother-in-law from hell.

Kelly Day’s life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors of her largely empty apartment, she’s struggling to balance work and motherhood and marriage, while entering Oliver’s every move (and movement) on a spreadsheet, and dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day.

And Ayinde Towne is already on shaky ground, trying to live her life to the letter of a how-to guide called Baby Success, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril — and their new family even more in the public eye.

Then there’s Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has just come home, leaving Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Weinertells the story of what happens after happily ever after…and how an eight-pound bundle of joy can shake up every woman’s sense of herself in the world around her.

From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, from sisters and husbands to mothers and mothers-in-law, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive Diaper Genie-eye view of the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.

Review and Grade: A-

I always love Jennifer Weiner books. I’ve been sick for a few weeks, so I picked this book for something warm and fuzzy to snuggle into. I got exactly what I was looking for. I can admit that I’m still a little bit too young to get totally wrapped up in this book; I’m not even thinking about marriage yet, let alone kids. Also, there is very little “real” substance because the book focuses entirely on relationships and characters, as expected. Even so, I loved this book. It’s chick lit, it’s good chick lit, and I loved it.

My only complaint would be that the characters and plotlines are really not realistic at all. Three women meet in yoga and become best friends instantly? They invite a perfect stranger that was basically stalking one of them into their group? It comes just short of being fantasy because even though their world isn’t perfect (at all), it all gets bundled up in a nice little bow every woman wishes for.

I consider this a pick-me-up book. It’s cheerful, slightly dramatic and some parts were just laugh out loud funny (like when one of the women quotes Dr. Seuss during sex… priceless). It’s a quick, light and easy read that, although the bits and pieces of the story fade quickly, the feeling sticks around for a while.

Recommend: Highly, to any woman who has had kids, anyone who wants kids… but not to women who are pregnant. I think this book would freak me out a bit, talking about the pain of labor, nursing, the hassle and lack of sleep. Yes, they are all things we know about, but try not to think about. Why focus on that? A lot of the excitement and drama comes from the struggles and pitfalls of pregnancy and new motherhood. So save it for the first time she has time to read after the baby is born (which, from the sound of it, will be in around 18 years).

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2008 1:23 pm

    Hi,

    I’m also a huge Jennifer Weiner fan, which is how I came across your website. I’m also a writer (in fact, I just signed a publishing deal with the same house as Jennifer) and I wondered if you wouldn’t mind checking out my new website. I’d love it if you’d join the mailing list. And I’ll keep checking yours for good book recommendations!
    Thanks,

    Sarah Pekkanen
    http://www.sarahpekkanen.com

  2. October 6, 2008 8:52 am

    Hi Sarah! I looked at your website and loved it! I laughed out loud at some parts, especially the quote section. I can’t wait for Way Beyond Compare! I think I signed up for your mailing list, but keep me posted anyway! 2010 is just too far away!

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