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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881591
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Giffin' s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real."
--"Entertainment Weekly"
" Smart, snappy . . . sure to provoke discussion."
--"People Magazine"
" [The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good friend while enduring dramatic crises enough for a dozen women."
--"Elle"
" [An] entertaining and unpredictable quest."
--"Redbook"


"[A] modern-day Jane Austen."--"Vanity Fair" "Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Thought-provoking meditation on our culture's focus on parenthood and family."--"Washington Post""" "A wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker."--"New York Times"

"Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real." --Entertainment Weekly "Smart, snappy...sure to provoke discussion." --People"""""[An] entertaining and unpredictable quest." --Redbook"""[A] wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker." --New York Times"""""When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, best-selling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. [BABY PROOF] examines the great lengths people go for each other, and is filled with great female characters." --San Francisco Chronicle"""Thoughtful...The idea that someone, especially a woman, might sincerely just not want to have children is a stubborn taboo. Giffin carefully navigates its implications, drawing Claudia as both painfully self-aware and prone to bouts of romantic naivete...[and] paints [her] heartbreak at losing Ben with sensitivity and grace." --Chicago Sun-Times"One of the sharpest writers out there...profound, humorous, and reveals layers about a woman's deepest desires." --Arizona Republic"Thought-provoking meditation on our culture's focus on parenthood and family." --Washington Post"Emily Giffin [is a] creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional. Complicated and unexpected." --Atlanta Journal Constitution"[The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good friend while enduring dramatic crises enough for a dozen women." --Elle"""Giffin's easy flow lets you relate immediately to her characters, and even if you can't identify with the parenthood question, Claudia's crisis resonates. Giffin captures the experience of being thirtysomething particularly well - as she did with the twentysomethings of her last two novels." --Miami Herald"[BABY PROOF] is by turns a funny and serious exploration of how difficult it can be, even in this age of choice, to choose the childless path." --Hartford Courant"By avoiding easy answers, Giffin once again proves she's one of the best in this thoughtful, layered, and wholly original story of a woman facing a major choice in her life." --Booklist"Immensely refreshing...challenging [and] thought-provoking." --Pages magazine"What if it was decided - way before the first vow was ever exchanged - that the marriage wouldn't include children? And then one of the partners has a change of heart? That's the compelling topic that...Emily Giffin explores wonderfully in BABY PROOF. The publisher is promoting the novel as 'at its core, a love story.' But it is so much more...one with a weighty topic that deserves its due in a society that all too often assumes sanctimoniously that every woman must do it all." --Columbus Dispatch"Emily Giffin explores the awesome power of a love too real to give up. Wonderful characters...and unbeatable prose." --Oakland Tribune"""Giffin's introspective and moving love story is an ode to those who take the road less traveled." --The Atlantan"Emily Giffin keeps you in suspense until the last possible moments, which makes for a page-turning and quick read. If you've ever had doubts about having children or have decided not to have them, you should see some part of yourself reflected in this novel." --Richmond Times-Dispatch"Smart, witty. Makes an intriguing story...a cut above." --Seattle Times"This take on contemporary relationships asks whether a childless-by-choice marriage is selfish, then moves on to fallout for philandering spouses, infertility, problem parents and the challenge of seemingly irredeemable mistakes. Thought-provoking..." --Dallas Morning News"Emily Giffin delivers a warm, witty story about a perfect couple who suddenly finds themselves at odds over the decision to have children. A must-read for any woman, mother or not." --Jezebel magazine"Emily Giffin has proven herself as a master storyteller and writer. Though BABY PROOF entertains with its relationship drama, it also digs deep into the more serious issue of exactly what it means to choose "not "to have children. It raises important questions about how we, as women, define ourselves. More importantly, Giffin's heartfelt novel forces people to contemplate the reality of making sacrifices for the ones we love most." --Woodbury magazine"Bestselling author Emily Giffin is a savant of unsympathetic situations, effortlessly bringing depth and humanity to flawed heroines. There are no easy answers in this achingly honest exploration of whether there's such thing as a 'deal-breaker' in true love. What you do get are dynamic characters...organic, layered storytelling...and an ending guaranteed to have Giffin's legions of female fans talking." --Edmonton Journal"A sometimes funny, always thoughtful exploration about how life sometimes has other plans for us than the ones we make for ourselves." --Library Journal"Offers multiple and complex perspectives on the crazy experiment that is parenting." --Daily Candy"Impeccable writing...Giffin steers clear of cliche by creating characters who are not only likeable and honest, but as vivid and real as your closest friends...Delightful and captivating." --Austin Fit magazine

Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real. "Entertainment Weekly"

Smart, snappy...sure to provoke discussion. "People"

[An] entertaining and unpredictable quest. "Redbook"

[A] wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker. "New York Times"

When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, best-selling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. [BABY PROOF] examines the great lengths people go for each other, and is filled with great female characters. "San Francisco Chronicle"

Thoughtful The idea that someone, especially a woman, might sincerely just not want to have children is a stubborn taboo. Giffin carefully navigates its implications, drawing Claudia as both painfully self-aware and prone to bouts of romantic naivete [and] paints [her] heartbreak at losing Ben with sensitivity and grace. "Chicago Sun-Times"

One of the sharpest writers out there profound, humorous, and reveals layers about a woman's deepest desires. "Arizona Republic"

Thought-provoking meditation on our culture's focus on parenthood and family. "Washington Post"

Emily Giffin [is a] creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional. Complicated and unexpected. "Atlanta Journal Constitution"

[The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good friend while enduring dramatic crises enough for a dozen women. "Elle"

Giffin's easy flow lets you relate immediately to her characters, and even if you can't identify with the parenthood question, Claudia's crisis resonates. Giffin captures the experience of being thirtysomething particularly well as she did with the twentysomethings of her last two novels. "Miami Herald"

[BABY PROOF] is by turns a funny and serious exploration of how difficult it can be, even in this age of choice, to choose the childless path. "Hartford Courant"

By avoiding easy answers, Giffin once again proves she's one of the best in this thoughtful, layered, and wholly original story of a woman facing a major choice in her life. "Booklist"

Immensely refreshing challenging [and] thought-provoking. "Pages magazine"

What if it was decided way before the first vow was ever exchanged that the marriage wouldn't include children? And then one of the partners has a change of heart? That's the compelling topic that Emily Giffin explores wonderfully in BABY PROOF. The publisher is promoting the novel as at its core, a love story.' But it is so much more one with a weighty topic that deserves its due in a society that all too often assumes sanctimoniously that every woman must do it all. "Columbus Dispatch"

Emily Giffin explores the awesome power of a love too real to give up. Wonderful characters and unbeatable prose. "Oakland Tribune"

Giffin's introspective and moving love story is an ode to those who take the road less traveled. "The Atlantan"

Emily Giffin keeps you in suspense until the last possible moments, which makes for a page-turning and quick read. If you've ever had doubts about having children or have decided not to have them, you should see some part of yourself reflected in this novel. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"

Smart, witty. Makes an intriguing story a cut above. "Seattle Times"

This take on contemporary relationships asks whether a childless-by-choice marriage is selfish, then moves on to fallout for philandering spouses, infertility, problem parents and the challenge of seemingly irredeemable mistakes. Thought-provoking "Dallas Morning News"

Emily Giffin delivers a warm, witty story about a perfect couple who suddenly finds themselves at odds over the decision to have children. A must-read for any woman, mother or not. "Jezebel magazine"

Emily Giffin has proven herself as a master storyteller and writer. Though BABY PROOF entertains with its relationship drama, it also digs deep into the more serious issue of exactly what it means to choose "not "to have children. It raises important questions about how we, as women, define ourselves. More importantly, Giffin's heartfelt novel forces people to contemplate the reality of making sacrifices for the ones we love most. "Woodbury magazine"

Bestselling author Emily Giffin is a savant of unsympathetic situations, effortlessly bringing depth and humanity to flawed heroines. There are no easy answers in this achingly honest exploration of whether there's such thing as a deal-breaker' in true love. What you do get are dynamic characters organic, layered storytelling and an ending guaranteed to have Giffin's legions of female fans talking. "Edmonton Journal"

A sometimes funny, always thoughtful exploration about how life sometimes has other plans for us than the ones we make for ourselves. "Library Journal"

Offers multiple and complex perspectives on the crazy experiment that is parenting. "Daily Candy"

Impeccable writing Giffin steers clear of cliche by creating characters who are not only likeable and honest, but as vivid and real as your closest friends Delightful and captivating. "Austin Fit magazine"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“[A] wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker.” (The New York Times)

“Smart, snappy chick lit that's sure to provoke discussion.” (People Magazine)

“Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“The chick lit ideal. [The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good friend while enduring dramatic crises enough for a dozen women.” (Elle)

“By avoiding easy answers, Giffin once again proves she's one of the best chick lit writers in this thoughtful, layered, and wholly original story of a woman facing a major choice in her life.” (Booklist)

“Immensely refreshing…challenging [and] thought-provoking.” (Pages Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Hardcover
When I found out that the author of 'SOMETHING BORROWED' and 'SOMETHING BLUE', two books that I adored, was coming out with a new novel, needless to say I was very excited. I searched the internet for months trying to find information on this new book, however I must admit, when I found out that this book was not about Darcy or Rachel not only was I a bit disappointed but I was also skeptical. I was not sure that Giffin's third effort would have the same easy charm that her first two books did, fortunately 'BABY PROOF' lived up to the high standards previously set by Giffin's first novels!

When Claudia and Ben meet they have an instant connection. They are both hard working professionals who like a lot of the same things, such as great restaurants, living in the city, traveling and their freedom. Early on they both discover that neither of them want children which is a definite selling point for Claudia. Soon into their relationship they fall madly in love and decide to elope. On the surface it seems like Claudia and Ben have the perfect relationship until Ben reneges on their "deal" and decides that he wants a child after all.

Feeling betrayed Claudia decides that this is a deal breaker being that she never has and never will want children. But soon after they seperate Claudia winds up asking herself what do you do when you and the only person you will ever truly love want two very different things?

'BABY PROOF' has solidified Emily Giffin's prowess as a novelist and has definitely scored herself a position on my "must read" authors list!
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...but what a disappointment at the end! Being a woman who never wants kids myself, this is of course a subject close to my heart. The first part of the book drew me in and I finished the book in about a day. The character spoke words that might have been my own thoughts. I was impressed, but then the end left me gutted as she doesn't come to any real conclusion of what to do ans she's pretty much back to square one. Perhaps the author is intending to write a sequel?
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This is the story of Claudia and Ben, a couple who meet on the most perfect blind date. One of the attractions for Claudia is the fact that Ben does not want children - she has known since childhood that she does not want to have children, and therefore feels that it is meant to be. After a blissful few years of marriage, Ben confesses to wanting children. After discovering that they have no ability to compromise on this matter, Claudia issues an ultimatum of 'having children or having me'. Ben chooses the former.

Against the backdrop of this main storyline, we also meet Jess, Claudia's best friend, and Maura and Daphne, her two sisters. In each case Giffin deals sensitively with different aspects of children. The couple that desperately want children but find they're infertile. The couple who are staying together for the sake of their children. And the person who wonders about having a child in order to force a married man to make a commitment to her. I really enjoyed all of the background stories, and felt that these secondary characters were actually drawn more realistically than the two main characters.

My main complaint is that we actually see very little of Ben. Because the story is told from a first person perspective, during the split we stay very much with Claudia. We also cannot see Ben's thoughts, which means his extreme turnaround from wanting no children to suddenly wanting a family cannot be deciphered (although I guess we are then very much in Claudia's position!) Did he want children to start with and merely lied? Did it come along gradually? Was it seeing his best friend's become parents that convinced him he was ready? Because Ben was so one-dimensional it was hard to care about the fairytale ending.

And it was very much a fairytale ending!
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I was a huge fan of Emily Griffin's previous 2 books - Something Borrowed and Something Blue which I found so heartwarming. Baby Proof earns the spot as well especially that somewhere in this book has a small part of Ethan, a clever injection of his character. Overall a great read with a touching story about love, lost and finding love again..would definitely recommend this book.
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I am not sure if the other people reviewing this book read the same story as I did!! I thought it was FANTASTIC. I loved 'Something Borrowed' and 'Something Blue' and felt that this story and its characters were just as brilliant. The ending does not suggest the main character is back to square one at all - she learns a great deal about love and relationships throughout the story and the ending really reflects this. As usual with Giffin, you feel as if you are in the room with the characters and become totally absorbed. Its the kind of writing that you have to ration to yourself otherwise you would get nothing done all day. She also had a cheeky character overlap; introducing a character from a previous novel into this one which I LOVED. Absolutely brilliant, a perfect treat. Cant wait for her next one!
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`Baby Proof' is Emily Giffin's third book, and it definitely does not live up to the previously fabulous books she has written. It does offer some endearing and comical moments, but it is too long and does not have those fresh, inventive qualities her other books possessed, nor the observant and gifted writing with phenomenal character development we have come to know and love in Emily Giffin's books.

`Baby Proof' starts out with the main character, Claudia, happily married and facing a future with her wonderful hubby, Ben, who, like Claudia, has no desire to have children. As the book continues, however, Ben thinks he may want children after all, and thus begins the Ben/Claudia/children/no children conflict for most of the entire 340 pages. There are a few subplots as the story progresses involving Ben, her roommate and sisters; however, it seems these are just attempts by Giffin to fill the book with more pages, and as a result, these subplots don't really amount to much of anything. Initially, the book does draw you in, but as you go on, you find that the next chapter is just a reworked version of the previous chapter, and it seems to go on and on ad nauseam about how Claudia doesn't want children and her husband does and people don't get her, etc., etc. The creative writing devolves into hackneyed musings and commonplace observations, and it seems Giffin is using the same shtick over and over without much inventiveness or creativity. Although the initial concept of `Baby Proof' is very original, by the end of the first 150 pages, it had lost its originality and had become redundant.
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