8 July 2015
Oi, guys! I've no idea how I've missed the fact that Tracy Bloom is writing a sequel to "No - One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday", which belongs to one of my favourite books! And Tracy herself to one of my favourite authors! Really don't know on what planet I've been living to miss it! So just imagine my excitement when I've spotted the news and DIDN'T HAVE to wait months for the book to be published! Yes, there were some problems with the book arriving on my kindle, ekhm, but Tracy herself took matters in her hands and as soon as the book was there, I was lost to the world. Yes, I started reading it. And finished it in one day.
As much as "NO - One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs" is a sequel, you don't need to worry if you haven't read the first book, as it could be easily read as a stand - alone novel. Nevertheless, I heartily advise you to read both of the books - they are hilarious, funny, an ultimate entertainment, and you don't want to miss on Katy and Ben's antics, do you?
Truly, it was so brilliant to catch up with Katy and Ben and their new - born Millie, and all their problems as new parents, beginning with not agreeing on a name (ha! Has been there as well!) to not believing that routine is the best (it is!), and also seeing all their friends and not - friends as well. Braindead exceeded himself this time, as much as he was truly, absolutely entertaining in the previous book, here he was Hilarious!!! Also, Alison and Matthew are more pictured in this book as in the previous one and become significant characters in the story, especially Alison with her very strict approach to raising the babies and whose help is stirring even more problems for Katy and Ben.
Tracy Bloom has written a bible for every new mum - if I only knew those things before I had a baby myself...! But not only mums - it is also a bible for every new dad! Tracy has wonderfully captured all the uncertainties, problems, hilarities and illogicality of being a new parent and attending toddler groups or other musical groups - high five, Ben! She so realistically wrote about all the mixed feelings, of both parents: Katy, because she was going bananas at home and Ben's, because he wasn't able to earn enough money, and brilliantly described how it is when the roles change - when mum goes back to work and dad stays at home. Ben was great as a stay - at - home dad, is it usually so that dads are more relaxed and take everything easier? But nevertheless, dads also have problems with coping, and they are too proud to admit this, and so when help comes - in a very unusual source and person - some troubles end but some also begin.
But. It's not only the baby that's the problem. Namely, the book wouldn't be titled "No - One Ever Has sex in the Suburbs", right? Because there is happening nothing in the Katy and ben's bedroom (which is actually very logical - they've just had a baby. But times flows by and nothing happens!), which their friends try to change - result is hilarious and incredibly funny, especially as Katy's best friend from work, the absolutely fantastic, brilliant, fabulous Daniel, is the one who is organizing things.
The frustration and desperation of both Ben and Katy, but also the problems in Alice and Matthews' household, were so realistic and so relatable to me, a person to whom a parenthood didn't come as easy and naturally as some would expect. I have found myself nodding my head, sighing and understanding all the feelings that billowed in those new parents. Tracy Bloom has written how it is, and hats off to her for this - namely, that having a baby is not a walk in the park, that it is hard work. Incredibly hard work. And that there is not the best way to raise this baby, and that, in fact, you're not going to get any help, no matter how many midwives, consultants and doctors you have - you must learn yourself and work out the best way for you and your little one.
This was incredibly funny and light read and it absolutely lived up to my expectations! It's full of twists and turns and hilarious, often embarrassing situations that had me in stitches. Of course it has a light hidden message to it, as it's about self - doubting, trust and understanding between people who are closest to each other, but written in such a light way and with so much humour. It is full of chances and coincidences, which make the book even more hilarious and entertaining. It really kept me on my toes, it was fast - paced and every page brought something new, funny and fresh. Tracy wrote a down - to - earth yet incredibly funny story and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's brutally honest (but brutally in a positive way!), and this is why it's SO good, and it really made me feel better and normal. I am already waiting for Tracy Bloom's new book, I can't have enough of her stories!