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Double Take: My First Year as a Mother of Twins by [Hamm, Amanda]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JLQQY
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By bet77 on 12 Jun. 2013
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very boring book, i didn't finish it and i didn't find it particular useful! i'm sorry x x x x
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9749393c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x96282aa4) out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read. 16 April 2011
By Emily Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a mother of twins who has just made it through the first year, I found Amanda Hamm's book an incredibly fun read. Her essays capture the simple everyday struggles of twins very well, but even more importantly she finds the humor in those stuggles. Even now I find myself smiling in rememberence of passages that mirrored my daily experiences. This isn't so much a classic advice book, but more a series of essays that depict life with twins. And from that vantage point it addresses aspects of twin parenting that no one really prepares you for. I would recommend it to anyone going to have twins or who has also been there/done that.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96285468) out of 5 stars Funny, Personal, Positive: A great choice for new parents of twins 12 Feb. 2011
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My anchor for comparison is Elizabeth Lyons' excellent Ready or Not... Here We Come! The Real Experts' Cannot-Live-Without Guide to the First Year with Twins. Interestingly, I reviewed Ms. Lyons' book just days before my own twins were born.

Fast forward to 2010. My kids are in school and Amanda Hamm has written her own very funny book on parenting the first year with twins. Like Ready or Not, Double Take offers a positive perspective, which is a welcome contrast from the doom and gloom warnings we twin parents often hear. She's a good writer--surely the entries from Section I were originally written for a pregnancy blog?--and through daily recollections, she presents workable options for parents of newborn twins, plus (in somewhat reverse order via Section II) tips for parents expecting twins. The book is full of humor with a healthy degree of snark.

I certainly prefer this kind of personal approach to that of the popular Girlfriends' Guides which are gossipy and essentially cobbled together from a variety of different peoples' experiences. Perhaps it helps that Amanda (and her husband) and myself (and my wife) have similar parenting styles. Not that we do everything the same, but in terms of managing expectations and spending a lot of time with our children, I think we're on the same page. (e.g., "As long as you are encouraging positive traits in your kids, it's pretty hard to argue that you're doing anything wrong, or that you should necessarily be focusing on any other positive traits.")

My own preferences for changes are mainly stylistic. Amazon's Product Description honestly describes the book as "a collection of essays" and I think it might be useful to carry that to the title as well; perhaps something like, "Double Take: A Diary of My Twins' First Year." And I cannot figure out why the chapter titled, "How to Use This Book" is at the very end of the book. Also, and some may feel this is nit-picky: While I totally appreciate the preference for privacy, if an author is uncomfortable using children's real names, why not pick fabricated alternatives instead of initials only? In this case, reading about newborn twins M and G, toddler J, and older child Y throughout the book made it harder for me to connect with the emotional content of the stories.

But overall, Amanda's advice is right-on and her approach makes this book easy to enjoy. I would happily consider giving this as a gift to friends expecting twins.

[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
By Katheryn Ott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I felt like I was reading Hamm's blog. Entertaining, but not particularly thought provoking. Left me wondering why she didn't have more help at home.
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HASH(0x9747ec60) out of 5 stars Not Accurate 25 Sept. 2011
By Kelli Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In this book the author writes about her life raising twins. I have twins and this book is far from accurate! I bought this book hoping I could relate to some of the things the author went through raising her twins and either my twins are little devils or hers are little angels. My life with twins is just not that easy! Would have liked to been able to relate to the author but couldn't!
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