by Jennifer Weiner
Simon and Schuster
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Description: Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.
Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband's salary, she thinks she's found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.
India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.
But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus' daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…
With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women's lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood
The Good Stuff
- many glimpses of Jennifer Weiner's wonderful sense of humor very much apparent, not enough for my personal taste, but its still there
- Love that the character of India wasn't stereotypical trophy wife, she actually had some depth and you could see how she came to be the way she was
- very realistic and honest relationships
- Really enjoyed how all the stories came together so well
- Loved the ending - actually cried (It was a little shmaltzy - but not horribly)
- Good character development
- Like that many different family units were included and done so matter of fact, without prejudice, very refreshing - to quote Barlow "Not every family needs a Mr and Miss"
- Engrossing summer read
- Some surprises that I wasn't expecting
- Not enough of Weiners brilliant humor - but hey I guess the subject matter doesn't really jive with the humour
- Storyline jumps a little and I felt lost a couple of times
- Many of the characters I had a hard time feeling a connection with as they are from worlds I know so little about (obviously the privileged world). I also had a hard time understanding the choices they made, as they are so very different from choices I would make
- Bettina's mom was despicable to me, wanted to smack her upside the head
"If he kissed you, you'd know you were kissing a man, not one of these pampered, facialed metrosexuals who could tie scarves better than a Frenchwoman and talk knowledgeably about moisturizers."
"They never hired ugly people in places like these. How they got around the civil rights laws I have no idea, but I had never seen an unattractive bartender or waitress or coat-check girl in any of he best restaurants in Manhattan."
"I wondered again why the teachers made this assignment, why they'd sent the kids home with a family tree with spaces for mother and father but no room for alternate configurations, when, in addition to the twins-by-surrogate, at least two kids in Rory's class had two mommies, one had two daddies, on one little girl in the second grade had parents who'd divorced their spouses and marries each other, which surely made for some pretty awkward parent-teacher conferences."
Who should/shouldn't read
- Fans of Jodi Piccoult will definitely enjoy - guess I will be getting a copy of this for my niece for Christmas
- Perfect summertime read
- Obviously fans of Weiner will appreciate
Wanda (Bookalicious) sent me for the YMBC (Yummy Mummy Book Club) twitter chat in exchange for an honest review. Looking forward to discussing with you on Wednesday