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Stretch Marks: A Novel [Paperback]

Kimberly Stuart
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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: David C Cook Publishing Company (29 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781448921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781448925
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,528,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Light but engrossing 2 Jun 2013
By Susie P
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The first of Kimberly Stuart's novels I have read, this was interesting and engrossing. The characters were believable, even the main character's mother, although larger-than-life, was credible. A Christian background, but not "in your face", this was quite real and funny in places. Recommended as a light read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stretching the Envelope 8 Sep 2009
By Tara Mosley - Published on
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No review I write will be eloquent enough to do justice to Stuart's novel. Stuart paints portraits of her characters with Vermeer's virtuosity. Each one is a multi-faceted being who you can neither truly love or hate, but all of whom you can recognize in your everyday life. The story arc is refreshingly unique, subtle, simultaneously entangled and harmonious. She brings soulful dignity and grand levity to subjects otherwise considered taboo. The musical and pop culture references, fashion digs, and self deprecating humor sprinkled through out the book provides treats for all generations. The variety of issues that Stuart dares to tackle such as: polar opposite politics, racial relations, single's sexual realtionships, Christianity/religion versus agnosticism, etc. is bold, but somehow neither offensive, strictly conclusive, nor condemning, but definitely thought provoking and gracefully considered. The book simultaneously leaves the reader with a greater inclination to both attempt to understand God and to empathisize with persons whom may have radically different beliefs than their own. Stuart is an exceptional author with unparalleled talent when it comes to genuinely capturing both the ridiculousness and benevolence of human nature. I would truly be puzzled by a person who did not appreciate nearly all elements of this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute different chick lit..... 8 Oct 2009
By Martha A. - Published on
Mia is a different sort of woman, she has no use for marriage, and not really into God either, does not think about getting pregnant, she lives in a multi cultural neighborhood and "boom" the thing that women think will happen to someone else, happens to her. She is pregnant, she is unmarried, did not plan for this and neither did her boyfriend. When she faces the fact of a pregnancy alone, dealing with interesting friends, sudden cravings for meat as a vegetarian, as well as a very quirky mother, you get this funny book about pregnancy and one woman's journey that takes her where she never thought she would go.
It was very different for me to read a christian fiction book that was about a non-christian. There are some out there, I have read a few lately, but this one was a bit different. It was well written and had me cracking up the whole time. I am not sure what else is funnier than a book about pregnancy for a mom of just have to have experienced it and you are cracking up. I think I would have liked to see a bit more christianity in the story, but I felt like it was a good story of her journey and would appeal to a wider audience the way it is written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS READING FOR MOMS OF ALL AGES 21 Sep 2009
By Heather Ivester - Published on
I've been a fan of Kimberly Stuart's mom-lit ever since I read BALANCING ACT and BOTTOM LINE. This author never fails to keep me thoroughly hooked and entertained. At first I assumed that STRETCH MARKS would be book #3 in the Heidi Elliot series, so it took me a few pages to get accustomed to Mia, a hip urban social worker who unexpectedly finds out she's pregnant from her live-in boyfriend.

Throughout the book, I was drawn to Mia, especially her courage in the face of numerous trying circumstances. She's alone after her boyfriend skips town, yet she finds companionship through her quirky best friend Frankie and her hilarious mom, Babs. There were so many laugh-out-loud scenes with Babs and Mia, such as when Babs joins Mia's yoga class for the first time.

I think this would make a great gift for moms-to-be, who can relate to Mia's ups and downs throughout her pregnancy. I also enjoyed reading through the point of view of a vegetarian since I have many family members who are vegetarian! I found myself wanting to eat healthier and try a little yoga after seeing how Mia controlled her own stress through her healthy lifestyle.

I'd highly recommend any of Kimberly Stuart's books for moms who want something fun to read while taking a break from the kids!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Fun, Uplifting Message 8 Sep 2009
By Lisa M. Hendey - Published on
When I picked up Kimberly Stuart's STRETCH MARKS at the start of the day today, little did I know I'd become so engrossed in this book and its characters that I'd be completely powerless to put it down!

In this wonderful story of love, family, commitment and friendship, Ms. Stuart introduces us to characters who are both endearing and yet not without their own personal flaws. Mia, unexpectedly pregnant, makes the courageous decision to raise her child on her own, all the while holding out hope that her seemingly commitment-phobic (yet very hot) former live-in boyfriend Lars will change his mind and come back to her and her as yet unborn child. While blind to the fact that Lars doesn't want the picture perfect family she envisions, it takes Mia a while to clue into the fact that -- in reality -- she is surrounded by a loving and supportive cast of characters who truly do become the family she has craved.

I loved the subplot of the mended relationship between Mia and her deliciously out-there mom Babs. I couldn't help but be inspired by teenage mom Flor's gutsyness and self sacrifice. I rooted for Adam the entire book and was happy with his character's eventual outcome. In short, this book drew me in with characters I grew to know and love in quick fashion.

A quiet, yet significant spiritual undertone underpins the plot line and sets this book apart from typical Chic Lit fare. Author Kimberly Stuart is never heavy handed with her message, but rather serves up a dose of inspiration with great flare and wit. Now, I need to get busy reading her others novels!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for mothers and daughters 4 Oct 2012
By Vicky Hallenbeck - Published on
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This book is sweet on several levels. I'm planning to share it with my daughter, who doesn't have children (yet), but who I saw over and over as I read about the protagonist--young tattooed, pierced, but "all natural" Mia. I cringed, but laughed, too, at the idea that she might see the cruise-ship recreation director Babs in me (I've become a perennial cruiser in my 50's). I giggled many times at the sharp and witty dialog. The plot was slow, but always moving forward. The characters were believable and likeable. Although it would've been satisfying to completely write off the boyfriend as a nogoodnick, never to be heard of again, I have to admit that the resolution of his relationship with Mia is more like real life. After reading two books by the same author on loan from the library, I didn't hesitate to purchase this one. I just wish that the author/publisher had elected to make this one lendable, as I'd love to introduce the author to others.
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