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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but felt more like fiction than fact, 23 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Going Ga Ga (Paperback)
Having a two-month-old boy I thought that this book might resonate with me and it most certainly did! The book really deals with the first year or so of Mel's life with her newborn (although most of the first six months are skipped over in a haze; stuck to the brown sofa eating custard creams and watching TV.) When Mel ventures out in search of adult conversation and with the hope of meeting other mothers, she gets slightly more than she bargained for; a strange music group, Victorian themed children's parties, selling `fisherman inspired' children's clothing and evenings out with horribly competitive Mums. Whilst all this is going on she is also trying to cope with her husbands attempts to rekindle their sex-life, move house, find work and cope with two Latvian lodgers.

I think most new Mums will find something in this book that resonates and I'd also recommend it to pregnant first time Mums who might have more realistic expectations of what life is like after you've given birth (the lie about breastfeeding making you regain your pre-pregnancy shape in a matter of weeks seems to be widespread!)

My only criticism was that the book is described in the introductory notes as being `slightly fictionalised' and this was pretty obvious. Some of the set pieces were a bit predictable and too convenient to feel true and for me this was to the detriment of the book, Nevertheless, I'd recommend it as a light read (especially when you're up to you ears in used nappies and formula!)
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