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Monday, April 27, 2009

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner~★★★

Author: Jennifer Weiner
Title: Little Earthquakes
Release Date: September 14th, 2004
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket: "...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 look 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 guild called Baby Success, when her husband 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 remarkable warmth and humor, Weiner tells 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.

Taryn's Review: While the book was a fast read, it wasn't a surprising read. Quickly in the book Ayinde's husband was stereotyped into a cheating superstar athlete while she was the beauty whose heart was shattered along the way. Kelly wanted the perfect life because growing up her life was the opposite of perfection and she obsessed about attaining the so-called "perfect life" through material things. Becky defied the"big girl" role and was sexy, sarcastic, and landed herself a husband who is a doctor..and wait for it...her mother-in-law is equivalent to the Wicked Witch of the West.

The book had its interesting parts, but at moments in the book you stop and say, "Huh?" Lia (Frederick) Lane suddenly ups and leaves her husband in L.A. and literally began stalking Becky once she's in Philadelphia. And what does Becky do when she finally caught Lia watching her and her daughter leave the apartment? Invited her to coffee and lets her hold the baby. Yeah...

I can admit that I've not had a baby and I don't know how well Weiner portrays these women as new mothers. But what I do know is that the book has very cliche characters and the ending is coated in sugar. I enjoyed the book enough, but I wouldn't pick it up again.

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