Sunday, August 16

Book Review: Little Earthquakes

Title: Little Earthquakes

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Pages: 554

Summary: Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband and baby girl, a restaurant that’s received citywide acclaim-and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly is an event planner who’s struggling to balance work and motherhood while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. And Ayinde’s basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at her most vulnerable moment, putting their new family even more in the public eye. The there’s Lia, a Philadelphia native who has left her Hollywood career behind, along with a tragic secret, to start her life over again.

From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perspective take on the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a nice read, although I wouldn’t call it a light read, compared to most other chick lit that’s out there, it was still an enjoyable book that I would read again. Instead of the usually fluff I’ve read in some recent chick lit books, it was full of heart, humour and the misadventures first time mothers have with themselves, their new born babies, in-laws and their husbands. Although there wasn’t as much laugh-out-loud humour as I’ve found in some other books in chick-lit genre I’ve enjoyed, this book had an overall great story and collection characters you were able to care about and follow along with their journey through motherhood and watching as these women came together and formed a powerful and bonding friendship.

I liked some characters and their stories better then others, my least favourite was Kelly’s. I didn’t care for her character or her story line, she had my least favourite personality type and I didn’t connect to her at all. Ayindee was a character I felt to be on middle ground with, but Becky and Lia were my favourite characters and who’s parts of the story I enjoyed the most. Lia’s will make you tear up, and Becky has a dazzling personality and spirit, I wish she was real, because she is one of those people who have a warming heart and kindness towards those she loves, and her giving labour is a little amusing, because before she experienced her contractions she was one of those “natural birth” girls, but that part is sure to make you laugh, and her husband is the envy of all women (I want my future husband to be him, sans the mother-in-law and added a bit of book nerdiness into him).

My only real criticism of the book is that I had a hard time connecting with the characters, and I’m not sure if it was because there was because of the book itself, or because I lack experience in motherhood, because I myself am not a mother. The book does a good job at giving a more realistic look at motherhood, rather than a glorified look, which I thought was well done, but there is still a level of the book I think that just didn’t connect to me, like the author intended to do with readers. But over all, was a very well done book, a quick read, I practically read it in one sitting, and an enjoyable story, and I think I’ll check out more writing by Weiner, because she seems to have a knack for they style of chick lit I like (similar to what I like with Marian Keyes).

Would I recommend it to read: I would reccommend the book to anyone, it's an enjoyable read, funny and heart warming. Any chick-lit reader would likely enjoy this book, and I'm sure a lot of those with children would also enjoy the book. Although, if you don't like chick-lit, then it might not be the best book for you, I found it to be a little better then some chick-lit novels out there, and less cliché, it still has that element in it. But worth a try if you're on the fence about chick lit, and a good beach read.

What to read next: Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, August Reading Challenge, Chick Lit Challenge


5 comments:

  1. For some reason, the first time I heard of Jennifer Weiner, I got a bad impression of her books and have never wanted to read one. I see her around all over the place, though. It makes me wonder whether I ought to reevaluate my blind prejudice against her.

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  2. Great review! I've read this one and I think you're right on point; it's not as light as most chick lit. I thought there were really touching moments, and I liked how motherhood was realistically written instead of it being "glorified", as you said so well. Like you, I thought Lia and Becky were the most likeable characters, too, but I still like the 2 other girls and their friendship.

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  3. It's been a while since I've read this book but I do remember liking it. I'm not a mother either but I liked how it was portrayed in the book.

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  4. This is another book that has sat on my shelf for years. I had totally forgotten what it was about, but now that I read your review, I remember a bit about it. It looks like something that I should try to get to soon because lately, I have been stuck in the middle of some very heavy reads, and this looks a tad lighter. I think I will be moving this one up in the stacks. I am really glad you enjoyed it so much as well!

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  5. I just picked it up on a whim, needing a selection for the chick lit challenge, and it ended up being a good pick, I wonder what here other books are like?

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