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Was after telly Mel, but was disappointed
on 20 March 2014
I should point out right from the start that I hate 'chick lit' and would much prefer to be curled up with a good old crime novel. I do read and enjoy biographies though.
So I bought this book because I love Mel on the TV and definitely think I have a similar sense of humour to her. I also have a 2 year old and am also trying for our second. So I thought I'd love this book.
It was OK. Funny in parts and can really imagine her being like that in some of the situations (although as other reviews have said it's clearly fictionalised - no one could have that much going off). I identified with some of it, although the whole sitting around eating biscuits thing - she actually had time for that?! When I had a newborn, I was either dealing with him, catching up on sleep, or cleaning the house. And I worry that a first time mum reading this would be put off baby groups - I've been to two and neither were remotely like that one. Admittedly, there are some crazy mum's (one I met made her poor baby a sugar-free first birthday cake... really?? for your daughter's first birthday?? Poor kid) but there are always some that you can relate to and I think it's important to get out the house and mix with other adults!
So on the whole I felt this book fell into the common trap of books aimed at women that makes the main character neurotic, weak and a bit daft. I had to force myself to finish it in the end because Mel annoyed me in it with her constant self doubt. I'm sure she's not like that in reality.
I'd say worth a read, but only if you're brain is still in the post-baby-mush stage - think I'd left it a bit long after my baby!