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First of all, I know this was a very hard review for Jen to write, because she were really into it and hopeful when the mother was introduced. She wanted it to end with a powerful character, not on a schmaltzy note which would make a sane woman cringe.

While I accept Mama Wannabe lit is clearly a popular genre in romance and chick lit, it makes me think of that awful song by Heart, "All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You". I understand women wanting that last go at fertility, but that women want to read about something so desperately sad as denying a child its father is not funny. I know a woman who did it. It's not cute or sweet or funny. It's a human being stored in day care because Mommy wanted one last go at meiosis but couldn't sacrifice the career for the bundle of . . . something.

Sorry, but I'd avoid this book simply from the positive reviews on Amazon.com -- good, bad, or ugly review from Jen. What's sadder is that there is no lesson learned by the MC, something I assumed was part of the whole Chick Lit genre. The MC's reproductive system is the hero of the tale, not the MC. That's not right for Chick Lit. I want to read about women making bold, life-changing decisions and learning something about themselves -- man or not waiting at the finish line.

There's a market for Mama-Wannabe Lit, and had the agent READ the reviews here and why the reviewer liked certain books over others, I think s/he would have thought twice before tossing it at Speed-Reading Book Nerd Reviews.

I can only hope "Spoiling Egg Chick Lit" goes the way of "Rape-N-Revenge Sword-N-Sorcery Fantasy" soon, because it's just not pretty to watch women act like this. Her issues with her mother's "Oops" should drive the MC NOT to wants kids, not into the oncoming baby-makin' traffic coming other way.

Then again, I'm probably a heretic for hating Nicholas Sparks's Theresa in Message_in_a_Bottle and James Patterson's Katie from Suzanne's_Diary_for_Nicholas. Both female characters were sickeningly self-absorbed and learned nothing at all about the men they "loved" (both of whom were written well and with consciences).

Women who don't think past their own pores bug -- real or fictional. Period.

AIGH! *was, not were.

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Speed-Reading List

  • Jesse Q. Sutanto: Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
    Reviewed September 22. (****)
  • Katie Cotugno: Birds of California
    Reviewed September 16. (***)
  • C.K. Chau: Good Fortune
    Reviewed September 13. (***)
  • Aimee Lutkin: The Lonely Hunter: How Our Search For Love Is Broken
    Reviewed September 10. (***)
  • D.L. Soria: Thief, Liar, Lady
    Reviewed September 9. (****)
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid: Carrie Soto Is Back
    Reviewed September 8. (****)
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid: Malibu Rising
    Reviewed September 4, 2023. (****)
  • Lana Harper: Back In A Spell
    Reviewed September 4. (***)
  • Lana Harper: From Bad to Cursed
    Reviewed August 31. (***)
  • Edward Sorel: Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936
    Reviewed August 20. (***)
  • Anna Sortino: Give Me A Sign
    Reviewed August 18. (***)
  • Ashley Poston: The Seven Year Slip
    Reviewed August 10. (****)
  • Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer: Lavender's Blue
    Reviewed July 30. (****)
  • Katherine Center: The Bodyguard
    Reviewed July 17. (****)
  • Kate Quinn: The Diamond Eye
    Reviewed July 15. (****)
  • Maureen Ryan: Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood.
    Reviewed June 13. (*****)
  • Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone: A Merry Little Meet Cute
    Reviewed June 13. (***)
  • Katharine McGee: American Royals III: Rivals
    Reviewed June 12. (***)
  • Stacy Wolf: Changed For Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
    Reviewed June 5. (****)
  • Jen DeLuca: Well Traveled
    Reviewed June 4. (****)
  • Nan Fischer: Some Of It Was Real
    Reviewed May 15. (****)
  • Sangu Mandanna: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
    Reviewed May 11. (****)
  • Eva Carter: Owner Of A Lonely Heart
    Reviewed May 10. (****)
  • Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman: Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close
    Reviewed May 9. (***)
  • John Scalzi: Travel by Bullet
    Reviewed May 8. (***)
  • Robert Dallek: An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
    Reviewed April 23. (**)
  • Naomi Novik: The Golden Enclaves
    Reviewed April 20. (***)
  • Alan Brinkley: John F. Kennedy
    Reviewed April 14. (**)
  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Final Gambit
    Reviewed April 10. (****)
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: The Spare Man
    Reviewed April 8. (****)
  • Andrew Lownie: Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
    Reviewed April 4. (***)
  • Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers: Inside Bridgerton
    Reviewed April 3. (****)
  • Jennifer Estep: Conquer the Kingdom
    Reviewed April 2. (***)
  • Seanan McGuire: Backpacking Through Bedlam
    Reviewed March 18. (****)
  • Kate Andersen Brower: Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and Glamour of an Icon
    Reviewed March 16. (****)
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
    Reviewed March 5. (****)
  • Elissa Sussman: Funny You Should Ask
    Reviewed February 26. (****)
  • Margaret Rogerson: Mysteries of Thorn Manor
    Reviewed February 9. (****)
  • Peggy Orenstein: Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, And Making The World's Ugliest Sweater
    Reviewed February 6. (****)
  • Seanan McGuire: Be the Serpent
    Reviewed February 5. (*****)